Today, our historic downtown lies within the regulatory floodplain of the Etobicoke Creek and is designated as a Special Policy Area subject to regulations by the Ontario government. Commonly referred to as Riverwalk, our vision creates a resilient landscape by addressing the challenges of future climate change scenarios and eliminating existing flood risks. This redeveloped area would support major public transit and active transportation infrastructures, expand the city’s green infrastructure, create new amenities with a variety of new public spaces, and be a catalyst for urban growth and economic development. Brampton would like the Ontario government to become a partner in developing and implementing the Riverwalk project, and to commit to long-term funding assistance to implement the goals and objectives of Riverwalk.
Source: City of Brampton | Office of the Mayor | Speaking Notes
The next Planning & Development Committee of Monday, January 16 should be interesting. There are 2 items that relate to Active Transportation in Brampton.
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* 6.2. Report from N. Cadete, Project Manager, Active Transportation, Transportation Planning, dated December 6, 2016, re: Request to the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Regarding Cycling Infrastructure Funding – All Wards (File IA.c)
* 6.3. Report from N. Cadete, Project Manager, Active Transportation, Transportation Planning, dated December 6, 2016, re: Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program – Execution of Transfer Payment Agreement – Etobicoke Creek Inter-Municipal Trail Connection – Ward 3 (File HF.x)
The Overview of Item 6.2 states:
- Share the Road Cycling Coalition (provincial advocacy group) encourages Ontario bicycle advisory committees to submit letters to the province, and to seek endorsement from their respective mayors and councils in support of increased funding for cycling infrastructure.
- At its meeting of August 18, 2016, the Brampton Cycling Advisory Committee (BCAC) carried a motion in support of urging the Ontario Government to leverage the provincial cap and trade programs to provide $200 million for cycling infrastructure.
- At the subsequent Planning and Infrastructure Services Committee meeting, Committee referred the BCAC recommendation to staff to report back to a future committee meeting on its implications.
- An investment in cycling by the province would provide a funding source for future City infrastructure and/or improvements to barriers/constraints within the network which exist at freeway crossings.
- In June 2016, the province launched Ontario’s Five-Year Climate Change Action Plan (CCAP) which identifies $150 to $225 million invested in support of walking and cycling.
- City staff has responded to a Ministry of Transportation request for comments on a discussion paper regarding the cycling infrastructure funding and initiatives outlined in the CCAP.
- BCAC and City staff support the attached motion urging the province to leverage its cap and trade program to provide $220 million for cycling infrastructure across Ontario, and recommend that the Mayor write a letter of support, on behalf of Brampton City Council, to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.
The Overview of Item 6.3 states:
- As part of the provincial cycling strategy – #CycleON Action Plan 1.0 – the Ministry of Transportation launched a $10 million Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program (OMCIP), to help municipalities build new cycling infrastructure and improve existing cycling infrastructure.
- Municipalities were eligible to apply for funding up to 50% of the total eligible costs of a cycling infrastructure project to a maximum amount of 6.3 – 1 $325,000.
- The City of Brampton’s application for the Etobicoke Creek InterMunicipal Trail Connection (Kennedy Valley Trail Restoration Project) was approved for funding at the program’s upset limit of $325,000.
- As a condition of receiving the OMCIP grant, the City is required to enter into a transfer payment agreement (TPA) with the Ministry of Transportation.
- The TPA is to ensure that the funds provided are spent in compliance with the program requirements.
- The TPA must be accompanied by a copy of a by-law and associated council resolution authorizing the TPA, which names the municipal signing officers, the amount of the municipality’s share of the funding, and its commitment to that funding.
Planning & Development Committee meetings start at 7pm, and are open to the public.
The Metrolinx review of the Regional Transportation Plan is underway to make sure that it continues to show the transportation priorities of the region, and can do so with a twenty-five year outlook to 2041.
Metrolinx is specifically seeking comments on supporting active transportation, and creating safer, more complete streets. They acknowledge that active transportation yields economic, social and environmental benefits, and can conveniently interface with other modes such as transit. 56% of trips in the GTHA are short enough for cycling.
However, Metrolinx also acknowledges that there are four main challenges to increasing active transportation:
- Gaps in the infrastructure network
- Some GTHA municipalities, Brampton included (for now), lack active transportation plans and policies.
- Existing cycling facilities are not well marketed or promoted.
- Insufficient data and monitoring to track progress in policy goals.
What do you want to see included in the Regional Transportation Plan review, about active transportation?
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