Thursday, October 9, 2014 12:00–1:30 PM (Eastern)

THE BIG PICTURE: Active Transportation Strategies and Collaboration

This webinar will examine provincial strategies that support action, collaboration and innovation in active transportation. These provinces have managed to integrate shared objectives, set key goals, attract public support and build political will. They have established frameworks for governance and funding, identified the benefits of partnership and data collection, addressed the need for supportive land use and road infrastructure, promoted new active transportation links between communities, and strengthened policies that foster active travel to schools and workplaces.

Amy Schwartz, Intergovernmental Affairs, Nova Scotia Health and Wellness
Nova Scotia’s Provincial Active Transportation Task Team was formed in 2010 as an informal group of representatives from nine government departments who were willing to share ideas and information about active transportation. The work of this group led to active transportation becoming an integral part of the province’s Thrive! Plan for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity and Choose How You Move: Sustainable Transportation Strategy, and has helped set the foundation for a political commitment to an Active Transportation Policy Framework and plan. This committee is now close to completing what could become Canada’s first provincial policy framework for active transportation.

Julia Barnes, Sustainable and Innovative Transportation Office, Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Ontario’s new cycling strategy #CycleON includes a 20-year vision to ensure cycling is recognized and valued as a core mode of transportation. It contains five strategic directions to achieve the vision: designing healthy, active and prosperous communities; improving cycling infrastructure; making highways and streets safer; promoting cycling awareness and behavioural shifts; and increasing cycling tourism opportunities. The strategy will be implemented through a series of multi-year action plans, the first of which was released in April 2014.

Marc Panneton, Operations, Ministère des Transports du Québec
Quebec’s Bicycle Policy encourages cycling as a mode of transportation, promotes road safety with cyclists and other road users, and aims to improve cycling networks. The province’s new and complementary Sustainable Mobility Strategy will further enhance active transportation and public transit in urban and rural areas through better integration with land use planning, improvements to governance and funding, and a stronger user focus. The non-governmental organization Vélo Québec is a key partner in provincial programs including the renowned Route Verte and the periodic report Bicycling in Quebec that tracks progress toward provincial goals.

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