News: Ontario Setting Visionary Transportation Goals

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Ontario’s coming Climate Change Action Plan will target an 80% mode share for active transportation (walking, cycling, transit).

This may seem like a crazy target until one realizes that Toronto’s financial district is already edging 90%, Vancouver is about 50%, and Ottawa is climbing rapidly.

Consider too the social/transportation upheaval over the next generation as private autos give way to summoned-on-demand shared fleets of self-driving electric vehicles that self-convoy on highways, making “transit” the default. It’ll only take 15% – 20% proportion of this mode on roads to permanently “tame” traffic everywhere and accelerate the conversion.

It’s time to shed current paradigms and think more strategically.  Perhaps it’s even time to put a hold on any further 4xx series highway expansions, given that their development cycles take longer than the anticipated conversion to autonomous transportation technologies will take.

Read Globe and Mail article here.

Author: Alan Medcalf

Alan is a post-corporate, volunteer, community builder living in Brockville, Ontario. He seeks to create sustainable lifestyle advantage for the community by creating opportunities for more people to choose to walk and to ride bikes. He promotes the health, social, environmental and economic benefits of active mobility.