TCAT is pleased to announce that this fall it will launch its third Active Neighbourhoods project in collaboration with our local partner Communities in Action (CIA). CIA’s extensive work in Haliburton County has built momentum and improved conditions for walking and cycling over the past decade. In 2014, CIA updated their foundational work on a Haliburton Active Transportation Plan, which is referenced in the local municipality’s official plan and helps inform planning decisions in Haliburton Village.
Each new Active Neighbourhoods project assesses how our participatory approach works in different contexts. TCAT is particularly excited to be testing our participatory planning process with CIA in a rural community as most community design and active transportation planning focuses on urban settings.
This project will contribute additional understanding of the specific challenges and opportunities in a rural setting when working with residents and decision makers to develop and implement safe facilities for active transportation. Our collaboration with CIA in Haliburton Village will help share rural active transportation planning expertise across the pan-Canadian network of Active Neighbourhoods projects in Quebec and Alberta to create green, active and healthy towns and communities in rural Canada.