What will the strategy include?
THE NATIONAL active transportation strategy will incorporate:
The collaborative action plan will address real-world barriers and incentives. Solutions include infrastructure, community design, placemaking, and high engagement community programs like school travel planning designed to make active transportation safe, practical, and inviting, and to re-establish a culture of self-mobility.
How will it be developed?
BUILDING ON existing research, we will assess the current state of active transportation policy and action in Canada, roles and responsibilities, and best practices (Canada, and international).
We will conduct extensive outreach and consultation in order to hear issues, concerns, and innovative ideas; shape and inform the strategy; build knowledge and peer networking among practitioners and champions; develop alignment and commitment to shared action; and set the stage for collaborative implementation.
Judging from the interest to date, we expect to hear from hundreds of organizations, businesses, municipal governments, experts, and members of the general public. In keeping with best practices, The engagement process will include:
Infrastructure for active transportation.
The Federal Active Transportation Coalition has approached the federal government for several years — unsuccessfully so far —with a request to provide dedicated funding for active transportation infrastructure. See the request for the 2017 budget.