Transport Action Canada welcomes the announcement of $400 million for Canada’s first dedicated active transportation fund, and the launch of Canada’s first National Active Transportation Strategy.
While $130 million has been invested in active transportation infrastructure over the past five years, that money has come from the same funding envelope as transit projects, leading municipalities to take an either/or approach that was at odds with the reality: People walk and bike to the bus or train.
This new funding mechanism should allow municipalities to pursue transit investments and active transportation in tandem, creating safe cycling routes within communities, and providing secure bicycle parking at transit hubs, libraries, sport centres and other community destinations.
Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Catherine McKenna and Parliamentary Secretary Andy Fillmore announced the government’s intention to develop Canada’s first National Active Transportation Strategy on March 12, 2021. The new strategy is to be developed with input from the public, provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous communities, not-for-profit organizations and business. It will explore options to deliver more trails, cycling paths and other forms of active mobility in rural, urban and Indigenous communities.
This initiative is also being presented as part of the government’s climate action plan, designed to promote a healthy climate and healthy communities.
The provision of cycling infrastructure, sidewalks and safe pedestrian crossings enables people to choose public transport, helping to building less car-dependent and more inclusive communities.
Photo: European Cyclists Federation / Pressedienst Fahrrad