What is Active Transportation?
Active transportation is any form of human-powered transportation. It is any trip made for the purposes of getting yourself, or others, to a particular destination, this includes to work, to school, to the store or to visit friends. Common examples of active transportation are walking, cycling, rollerblading, skateboarding and using a wheelchair or mobility device.
Active Transportation Plan Update – Fall 2019
The Draft Active Transportation Plan was received by the Planning and Operations Committee on October 1st. (We appreciate your patience while you wait as the full report is a large file of 121 pages)
Thank you to everyone who provided feedback during the initial public engagement phase. During the engagement, over 550 people were engaged, reviewing material in person and online. There were 263 pins left on the online engagement map, identifying places people like to walk or bike to, where they want to walk or bike to, and barriers they experience walking and biking. The feedback from the engagement was reviewed and used in the development of the draft plan.
Who benefits from an Active Transportation Plan?
Active transportation has a positive impact on residents, tourists and businesses that operate in the City. The presence of accessible sidewalks, trails, cycling routes, and signage instills confidence and make active transportation modes a more attractive option for getting around your community. Whether it is walking safely from school to the library on complete sidewalks, cycling to and from work in a bike lane, or walking to a bus stop, an integrated active transportation plan helps to prioritize improvements you want to see in your community.
Why do we need an Active Transportation Plan?
The City of Brockville is preparing an Active Transportation Plan (ATP) to assess existing active transportation infrastructure, build on the Official Plan and propose new infrastructure to create a comprehensive network over the next 20 years. The ATP will guide decision-making, coordination and collaboration between Council, local municipal staff, community partners and residents. The plan will look to connect to and expand the Brock Trail system with on- and off-road facilities. Due to its size, Brockville has high potential for a network that serve residents and visitors. Emphasizing a network that connect people to community destinations such as schools, libraries, parks and recreational facilities will make it more viable to use active transportation modes for everyday trips.
Goals for the ATP include:
- Inventory existing and propose additional active transportation assets and facilities that ensure cohesive connectivity and amenities.
- Prioritize a list of recommendations for active transportation facilities.
- Propose an active transportation network that provides accessible and safe active transportation systems for all ages.
Brockville Cycling Advisory Committee
Committee Members November 13, 2018
- Doug George, Chair
- Dennis FitzGerald, Member
- Mayor, Ex Officio member
- Greg Lenko, Member
- Douglas Lumsden, Member
- John Mazurek, Member
- Greg McElrea, Member
- Peter Meier, Member
- Jacqueline Winter, Vice Chair
Brockville will have a vibrant cycling culture, in which cycling is integrated into the fabric of the City's sustainable lifestyle - in its transportation network, recreational opportunities, tourism initiatives and everyday living. The Brockville Cycling Advisory Committee (BCAC) cooperates with the Railway Tunnel and Brock Trail committees in pursuit of shared goals.
To create sustainable lifestyle advantage by helping people cycle more often, through engineering, encouragement, enforcement, education and evaluation.
- The BCAC operates an information booth at numerous events, eg. DBIA sidewalk sale.
- Cycle Downtown Brockville - Downtown Brockville is a certified Bicycle Friendly Business Area.
- Brockville Active Mobility Matters - a local blog with cycling information particularly relevant for residents of Brockville.
- Rationalization and signage of the Waterfront Trail route.
- On-road identification of cycling routes.
- Bicycle lanes established on King Street West and Highway 2 (with the County).
- The multi-use Brock Trail from Parkedale to Central Avenue.
- Brockville recently received a grant of 183K from the Ontario Commuter Cycling Program. The development and approval of an active transportation (AT) master plan will be the first project supported.
- Expanded deployment of downtown parking racks and rings: visit www.brockville.com/maps and choose “Cycle Brockville.”
- Acquired long parking racks.
- Established no-charge monitored bike parking for special events such as Rib Fest and Tall Ships events.
- Had bicycle parking added to the City’s special event application form.
- Produced a Brockville Bicycle Parking Guide for cyclists and businesses.
Brockville and Area Cycling Resources
- Committee documentation
- Brockville Official Plan: 5.2.5 Active Transportation Systems
- Brockville Bicycle Parking Guide - A guide for Business Owners & Cyclists in the City of Brockville
- Map of Brockville Cycling Network (in development)
- Eastern Ontario School Mountain Bike Challenge
- Healthy Communities
- Ontario Cycling Strategy
- Commute by Bike - Tips, news, reviews and safety for bike commuters
- Cycling in the Frontenac Arch Biosphere - Route suggestions, bike shops and rentals, tour operators, clubs, bike-friendly businesses and more
- Share the Road
- Bicycle Friendly Communities - As of May 2017, 39 are designated in Ontario
- Ontario By Bike
- Ontario Trails
- Great Lakes Waterfront Trail
Matt Locke, Supervisor of Transportation
City of Brockville
Phone: 613-342-8772 ext. 3225