The town of Oakville wants to encourage their residents to live a more active lifestyle by planning to add hundreds of pedestrian and cycling routes.
The Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) was first introduced in 2009 and since then a total of 193 kilometres of bike lanes, pathways and signed bike routes were implemented as well as 110 bike racks across the town.
Now the 2017 ATMP has been upgrade by the Town Council on July 10 at the Planning and Development Council meeting.
Mayor Rob Burton said to inhalton, “This update builds on the success of the many cycling and walking projects completed within the last eight years and will help us set our priorities for the future.”
This update is going to add 706 kms of planned active transportation route including sidewalks, paved shoulders, multi-use trails, signed bike routes, buffered cycle lanes, and major off-road trails and pathways.
It is also set to include promotional and education programs to encourage cycling and walking all year round.
The ATMP update is being funded by provincial and federal governments, Halton Region and the town’s capital budgets for new and existing facilities.
Oakville currently has 104.42 kms of bike paths and lanes per 100,000 residents putting Oakville among the highest of cities worldwide according to the World Council on City Data.
Want to have a say on the matter? The Town Council is accepting and welcoming public input before finalizing the document on the recommended update. Oakville residents can visit the Oakville website and give their feedback until August 25 of 2017.
Residents can also have a more in depth look by checking out the cycling network map which outlines the existing and proposed cycling network by facility type.
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