The Government of Canada has announced $400 million for Canada’s first active transportation fund, and the development of Canada’s first National Active Transportation Strategy.
What is Active Transportation?
Active transportation refers to the movement of people or goods powered by human activity. Active transportation includes walking, cycling and the use of human-powered or hybrid mobility aids such as wheelchairs, scooters, e-bikes, rollerblades, snowshoes and cross-country skis.
What is Active Transportation Infrastructure?
Active transportation infrastructure refers to physical structures and the built environment that support active transportation, such as pathways, bike lanes, multi-use trails and widened sidewalks. The most effective active transportation infrastructure provides a complete network that allows users to safely move through their communities and between destinations, from main streets to schools, parks, public transit hubs and residential neighbourhoods.
Click here to read more about this https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/trans/active-actif-eng.html
So what’s next?
Minister McKenna and Parliamentary Secretary Fillmore have also launched stakeholder engagement for Canada’s first Active Transportation Strategy. The strategy will be informed by input from the public and key stakeholders including provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous communities and not-for-profit organizations and businesses.
So what about Calgary?
Well whilst we deconstruct this announcement, we are expecting to be invited to the round-table discussions for our region shortly. The question is, what would best serve the communities of Calgary for funding?