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Moving People

Today

Buildings and streets are the key ingredients of our communities. Our streets and roads are at the heart of the community, but they have to be designed in such a way that they help maintain the community’s health and stability.

For much of the 20th century, transportation planning was focused on moving cars as efficiently as possible, resulting in streets and roads designed for… cars. That left little room for transit, pedestrians and cyclists, and often made our roads and streets hostile and undesirable places. Agencies and city departments in charge of city planning roads, signals, parking, taxis and transit need to collaborate more closely to shift the focus to moving people from just moving vehicles, within a broader vision of the communities we want to build for the future. This means putting people at the centre of transportation planning.

Currently in the GTHA, 22% of trips are short enough to be made by walking and 56% of trips are short enough to be cycled. Yet, only 11% of trips are made by walking or cycling. Something’s obviously not working. (If we look at Downtown Toronto, the region’s largest urban area, over 50% of trips are currently made by walking and cycling.)

If we can design our transportation services to better serve communities through improved Land Use Planning, there’s an opportunity to influence travel behaviour with non-car alternatives.

Tomorrow

The Draft Plan looks to road and street design, prioritizing the movement of people, not just vehicles. Part of the solution will come in the form of a connected regional bike network, one that will bring more bike lanes to more places, connect across municipal boundaries and make accessing transit stations easier.

Open Full Map: Proposed 2041 Regional Cycling Network

There are many barriers to increasing commuting by bicycle. These include the lack of separated bike lanes, discontinuities in existing cycling networks, barriers such as highways, and the built form in many parts of the region that is not conducive to cycling.

We need to plan, design and construct a commuter network that creates connections in areas with high cycling potential. That includes delivering first- and last-mile pedestrian and cycling access to our stations as part of new transit project infrastructure investments.

Graphic and map illustrating the application of Key Principles of the Regional Cycling Network

Together

In the Draft Plan, people are at the heart of the transportation system, with initiatives that make walking and cycling a viable option for residents. It will take the coordination of all cities in the region to make it happen, but it also really needs your input. Building complete, connected communities means listening to stories from residents. We need to understand how you get around, what it’s like to bike and walk where you live, and how you want to see conditions improve as a cyclist and pedestrian.

Find Out More about Putting People First

Check the Draft Plan for more information:

Page 82:
Strategy #4: Integrate Land Use and Transportation

Page 84:
Advance the system of connected Mobility Hubs

Page 85:
Design to encourage walking and cycling

 

How would you like to see walking and bike lanes improved?