Will Brockville residents join the 70% of Ontarians who live in a bicycle friendly community, or the 84% who live in a “complete streets” municipality? Will Council choose the path toward a walk and bike friendly community, or leave us languishing in the mean grip of a decades-old transportation paradigm? Come to the City Council meeting on Tuesday evening and find out.
At stake is a provincial grant under the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program for $183,362 this year, to be followed by three more years of funding. A requirement of this grant, which Council agreed to in approving the application for the grant and the execution of the agreement with the province, is the development and adoption of an active transportation plan for the City. The City’s share of developing that plan would be an already-committed, already-budgeted $12,000.
That funding and an active transportation plan will steer progress toward Brockville becoming a more attractive place to live, work, grow, and play. Approval at Council is the action we need Tuesday, for the City we want tomorrow.