Active Transportation Servicing Plan

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Several neighbourhoods in the Communities of Stouffville and Ballantrae-Musselman’s Lake were built with segmented sidewalk and bicycle routes. This was primarily due to a mixture of rural, semi-rural and urban road cross-sections. As a result, there was an inconsistent application of pedestrian and cycling facilities.

In 2016, WSP Canada Group Ltd. (formerly MMM Group Ltd.) was awarded a contract to produce an Active Transportation Servicing Plan (ATSP) which would guide the implementation of a new, consistent, safe, and modern pedestrian and cycling network. It is intended to promote a safe environment for the use of bicycles and walking for recreational and commuting purposes. It was approved and published in 2018.

The Plan provides best practice design guidance, sidewalk prioritization scoring and makes sixteen recommendations to revitalize our active transportation network. The recommendations will guide future capital road reconstruction projects, strategies for development and planning, and by-law considerations. Additionally, the ATSP provides a short-to-long range implementation strategy for individually-identified projects and it will identify and guide the development of new infrastructure, including sidewalks, multi-use paths, and on-road cycling facilities. They are intended to be implemented opportunistically and once implemented, will facilitate Town access to Regional- and Provincial-level active transportation grant programs to offset costs. It will clearly outline and guide the delivery of Town, Developer and Region projects over the next 11+ years. These projects carry a total value of $15.5 million.


Process:

At the December 15, 2015 Council meeting, Council approved the Terms of Reference for the Active Transportation Servicing Plan. In the spring of 2016, the Town awarded WS-RFP-16-24, Active Transportation Servicing Plan to MMM Group Ltd (now WSP Canada Group Limited). In 2016, the Consultant completed an investigation of the existing active transportation network and identified future network considerations informed by the Town’s Official Plan and related Secondary Plans, the Community of Stouffville Trails System & Parks Concept Plan, and York Region’s Transportation Master Plan. A Public Information Centre was held on January 25, 2017, and resident input was sought to gauge interest in various active transportation facility types. The results and a summary of resident feedback was reported to Council on March 7, 2017. At that time, the ATSP received its own website at www.townofws.ca/atsp. Staff discussed the feedback with the Consultant and produced several iterations of the final Active Transportation Servicing Plan report.

Several neighbourhoods in the Communities of Stouffville and Ballantrae-Musselman’s Lake were built with segmented sidewalk and bicycle routes. This was primarily due to a mixture of rural, semi-rural and urban road cross-sections. As a result, there was an inconsistent application of pedestrian and cycling facilities.

In 2016, WSP Canada Group Ltd. (formerly MMM Group Ltd.) was awarded a contract to produce an Active Transportation Servicing Plan (ATSP) which would guide the implementation of a new, consistent, safe, and modern pedestrian and cycling network. It is intended to promote a safe environment for the use of bicycles and walking for recreational and commuting purposes. It was approved and published in 2018.

The Plan provides best practice design guidance, sidewalk prioritization scoring and makes sixteen recommendations to revitalize our active transportation network. The recommendations will guide future capital road reconstruction projects, strategies for development and planning, and by-law considerations. Additionally, the ATSP provides a short-to-long range implementation strategy for individually-identified projects and it will identify and guide the development of new infrastructure, including sidewalks, multi-use paths, and on-road cycling facilities. They are intended to be implemented opportunistically and once implemented, will facilitate Town access to Regional- and Provincial-level active transportation grant programs to offset costs. It will clearly outline and guide the delivery of Town, Developer and Region projects over the next 11+ years. These projects carry a total value of $15.5 million.


Process:

At the December 15, 2015 Council meeting, Council approved the Terms of Reference for the Active Transportation Servicing Plan. In the spring of 2016, the Town awarded WS-RFP-16-24, Active Transportation Servicing Plan to MMM Group Ltd (now WSP Canada Group Limited). In 2016, the Consultant completed an investigation of the existing active transportation network and identified future network considerations informed by the Town’s Official Plan and related Secondary Plans, the Community of Stouffville Trails System & Parks Concept Plan, and York Region’s Transportation Master Plan. A Public Information Centre was held on January 25, 2017, and resident input was sought to gauge interest in various active transportation facility types. The results and a summary of resident feedback was reported to Council on March 7, 2017. At that time, the ATSP received its own website at www.townofws.ca/atsp. Staff discussed the feedback with the Consultant and produced several iterations of the final Active Transportation Servicing Plan report.