TCAT Releases New Report: The Other 25% – Active Transportation and the Big Move

The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) is pleased to release today a new report titled “The Other 25%: Active Transportation Investment and The Big Move.”

Building upon a conversation started at the Complete Streets Forum 2013 Closing Plenary Panel, this report was produced by TCAT and Moving Right Along with funding support from the Toronto Atmospheric Fund. It presents research supporting the case for investment in active transportation through the regional transportation plan for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA): The Big Move.

On May 27, 2013, Metrolinx released its recommendations for an Investment Strategy to cover the annual $2 billion costs of implementing The Big Move’s Next Wave projects, of which 75% is committed to regional transit expansion and 25% is for other local transportation projects, including walking and cycling infrastructure.

TCAT’s “The Other 25%” report discusses the current status of regional active transportation planning in the GTHA and highlights best practices in other jurisdictions. A series of “next steps” are recommended to ensure that coordinated planning and investment in cycling and walking networks are included in the next phase of the regional transportation plan, including:

  1. Establish clear leadership for regional active transportation planning and investment;
  2. Dedicate a specific proportion of regional transit funding for active transportation infrastructure development;
  3. Create a regional coordinating and advisory committee to support active transportation infrastructure implementation;
  4. Develop a regional active transportation plan that includes a cost-benefit analysis of active transportation infrastructure to inform investment decisions; and
  5. Establish a communications and outreach strategy and identify regional active transportation champions to raise the profile of active transportation and garner public support throughout the region for active transportation investment.

Read more information and download the report here.

Please also see TCAT’s related backgrounders on this topic: Why Should We Invest in Active Transportation? and Active Transportation and the Regional Transportation Plan: The Big Move.

Posted On: September 12, 2013