Town of Richmond Hill
Richmond Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan
Additional Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Scan Update Questions: No need to answer all of these. Whatever information you may have regarding the below questions would be extremely useful to other jurisdictions.
1. Were there any community groups that were engaged in the development and/implementation of the Plan? If so, what were some of the outcomes of their engagement? And what were some of the lessons learned from the community engagement?
Followed Public Process with Public Information Centres (PIC’s).
Business Improvement Association
Local Bike Shop – Evolution Cycles
2. Has there been any discussion regarding how a Complete Streets Policy may fit in with the goals of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan? If so, what steps have been taken in developing a Complete Streets policy?
- In current council approved PCMP, there is a specific section that reference complete streets, what the focus is, why it is important and why we should implement. George attended conferences on how to do complete streets, is working with region to see what this looks like and how it would work on some regional roads
- PCMP will be updated in 2015, no clear defined direction for complete streets until then, in 2015 probably be more specific. Projects we are working on include environmental strategies linking complete streets to health and lifestyle etc,
- Complete streets being discussed, hopefully more in 2015
3. Have you developed any road or trail standards that aim to improve pedestrian and bicycling opportunities and infrastructure? Ex. Road design guidelines that require the inclusion or consideration of active transportation infrastructure? Complete Streets policies, guidelines?
Currently undergoing phase 2 of PCMP, looking at updating trails and multi use trails, looking to create a standard for multi use trails, in process for creating that design, will enhance cycling and walking, using OTM book 18, pretty new, will be reference it
4. What is the process your municipality has put in place to report on the progress of the Plan?
In PCMP there is a monitoring part of progress report, in midst of best to that, writing capital business cases , and monitoring equipment, what areas used most, monitoring is ongoing, definitely next step
5. Has your jurisdiction undertaken any pedestrian and cycling counts, if so how did you undertake them? What outcomes resulted from the counts?
Have done some counts for facilities, such as bike lockers and how much they are used, counting and monitoring and gauge how well being used, in terms of counts and intersection and networks, part of next steps
6. What other transportation plans has your jurisdiction developed? Can you tell us a bit about how your jurisdiction has addressed the inter-connectivity between your various transportation plans?
Transportation Master Plan and Transportation Demand Master Plan are overseen by Planning and Regulatory Dept. They work closely with these. These plans will be updated at the same time as the PCMP to ensure all plans are aligned with others.
7. What staff resources do you have allocated to the implementation of your bicycle and pedestrian plan? How many staff? Overall budget? % of total transportation budget allocated to active transportation?
- Have the Sustainable Transportation Coordinator, manager, and yearly interns, that come and help programs and research, and generally support us
- About a third of the manager's time is dedicated and 100% of Sustainable Transportation Coordinator's time, Sustainable Transportation Coordinator has an operating budget with roughly 85% for program support of the PCMP, and 15% for advertising and promotion.
- Infrastructure improvements are covered by other departments, some of it comes from gas tax funding, not from Sustainable Transportation Coordinator's budget
8. Has your jurisdiction considered aging populations in the bicycle and pedestrian plan and if so what resulted from that consideration?
Considers all segments of population, subscribes to 8-80 cities, build for 8 or 80, a network that is good for everyone, accessibility standards are also complied with
9. Has your jurisdiction considered low-powered vehicles (ex. E-bikes)? If so how are they being integrated?
In general, we piloted employee bike share for staff and promote alternative modes of transportation, we haven't formally promoted e-bikes to the general public, informal discussion, current PCMP created before. Not all trails designed for bicycles generally (may have bridges, stairs, steep elevation change that are not conducive to cycling).
10. Has your jurisdiction encountered any safety issues such as vandalism? If so how have your addressed them?
Nothing major, some lockers were vandalized, sprayed painted with graffiti. We installed vinyl wraps promoting what they are, as most people didn't know what they were, made with anti-graffiti layer, paint can be wiped off, vandalism is not a major concern.
11. Is your municipality a Smart Commute employer? If so if and how does that inter-act with the Pedestrian and Bicycle Plans?
Yes. Since inception in 2005, and smart commute funder, we sit down with them and PCMP, and most of guidance with smart commute and align, comes from PCMP, a lot about education encouragement and complete streets, to get out to the public.
12. Does your municipality have any pedestrian and bicycling certifications? Bike Friendly Community?
Bronze, bike friendly communities, and applying for walk friendly communities
13. How does your municipality use bikes? ex. - Police on bikes, by-laws?
- Available for staff to use, shared e-bike program
- By-law enforcement has a bike fleet
14. Has your jurisdictional considered the increasing levels of health concerns (ex. increasing obesity levels among children)? If so what resulted from the consideration? How has this factored into the plan.
Health concern and poor lifestyle fit into the plan, work with York Region and public health specifically on the committee Shaping Healthy Communities, also inter municipal working group working with these issues and building healthier cities, and developing awareness.
15. What might be useful for you in your job in terms of sharing of lessions learned etc?
To get new ideas, what worked, what pilot projects out there, something that is different, one example went to GTA CAC, eco-counter existed, this advanced our monitoring plan, these ideas help us reach out to the communities in different ways, something that’s new and will spur behavioral change. Bike locker wraps will do something new and interesting but still need to be monitored. Ideas like this help this position, implementation, behaviour change, etc, need to collaborate to and need to get a sense of what works, helps going to senior staff knowing what worked for others. Some type of centralized sharing network would be great, barrier to have to call others, if existing bench marking data base were there that would be great.