Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan, released this morning, includes strong legislative and financial support for enhancing the walk and bike friendliness of communities across the province. Road projects must include these provisions. Along with the new mandate for communities in The Greenbelt that road projects be “complete street” based, we are rapidly moving into an era that will strongly favour communities having a current active transportation plan and a complete streets policy.
From the announcement:
3.1 Improve commuter cycling network
The government intends to accelerate and enhance implementation of Ontario’s Cycling Strategy and Action Plan and promote cycling. It will do this through:
3.1.1 A better cycling network
Commuter cycling networks will be established across Ontario, targeting routes with high-commuting volume such as between residential communities, major transit stations and employment areas.
3.1.2 Safe cycling
There will be more cycling facilities in urban areas, including grade-separated routes and cycling signals.
3.1.3 Convenient cycling
There will be more bike parking at transit stations and provincially owned, publicly accessible facilities.
3.1.4 Commuter cycling
Ontario will revise provincial road and highway standards to require commuter cycling infrastructure be considered for all road and highway construction projects where it is safe and feasible. Ontario will do the same for major transit corridors.