"Ontario's Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP), released on June 8, 2016, committed to creating a cleaner transportation sector in Ontario, in part by promoting cycling. "The Ministry of Transportation is ready to do its part to support the CCAP by implementing a number of initiatives that support reductions to transportation emissions. These initiatives will be funded by proceeds from the province’s cap and trade program. "Through a discussion paper posted to the Environmental Registry, we are seeking your input on a proposed plan to implement actions identified in the CCAP to improve commuter cycling networks. "We encourage you to review the discussion paper, accessible through the Environmental Registry or the Ministry’s Cycling Strategy web page and provide your comments by November 30, 2016. We look forward to hearing from you."
It’s important in ongoing efforts to create a more vibrant Brockville that we be conversant with the broader actions, and progress, at the provincial level. Changes in government funding, Provincial Policy Statement, and other related plans and programs set the context for municipal planning and expectations, as well as raise the bar as our City competes with others that are making good progress in these areas.
Of note, the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program (OMCIP) is proposed to be continued under the CCAP, to the tune of $150 to $225 million over several years. If we are to take advantage of that, we will need shovel ready projects under the umbrella of a current, committed and comprehensive transportation plan, which the City neither has nor plans to create.
Of particular note, MTO’s discussion paper (pdf) provides a concise summary of the current role of cycling in Ontario, reinforces the government’s commitment and the larger societal trends underway, and underscores how far behind Brockville is.
While the City may or may not choose to respond to the Environmental Registry posting, we are each invited to respond as individuals. Help build the momentum needed to generate Council’s will to fulfill the promises in the Official Plan and bring the City into the 21st century.