An Active Transportation Plan aims to improve connections between municipal and rural areas to encourage residents to use active transportation on daily trips. Scott Stanfield photo

An Active Transportation Plan aims to improve connections between municipal and rural areas to encourage residents to use active transportation on daily trips. Scott Stanfield photo

Comox Valley Regional District undertakes Active Transportation Plan

The Comox Valley Regional District with municipal partners and K’omoks First Nation, are undertaking a Regional Active Transportation Network Plan. The plan will identify priority areas and routes for investment in active transportation infrastructure.

The CVRD received funding for this project from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

“A key goal of the plan is to improve connections between municipal areas and rural areas in order to create opportunities that will encourage residents to use active transportation on their daily trips – to work, to school, to shop, and to recreate,” says Alana Mullaly, Senior Manager of Sustainability and Regional Growth Strategy. “We want to ensure that safe and accessible transportation options are available for all residents regardless of their age, ability or income, as well as provide options to help reduce our community’s greenhouse gas emissions.”

Active transportation has many advantages including improved health, a lower environmental footprint, greater affordability, and social benefits on both a personal and community level. Active transportation includes:

•Walking (including people walking with service dogs, joggers, and those using mobility devices such as wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers).

•Cycling (including the use of pedal assist e-bikes, bicycle trailers).

•Rolling (skateboarding, in-line skating).

•Other emerging modes such as electric unicycles or other personal mobility technologies.

The CVRD wants to hear from you about how you move around the region in order to help develop an action plan that will encourage and support residents to walk, roll and cycle on their daily trips.

Get Involved By:

•Filling out an online survey (open until Feb. 16): connectcvrd.ca/activetransportation

•Showing us how and where you travel on the online map: connectcvrd.ca/activetransportation

•Registering for a virtual information session:

*Feb. 8, 6:30–8 p.m.: connectcvrd.ca/activetransportation

*Feb. 11, 1–3 p.m.: connectcvrd.ca/activetransportation

Feedback will help identify priority routes and connections for active transportation infrastructure in the community.

For more information or to get a printed copy of the survey, call 250-334-6000.

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