Ontario’s Growth Plan Review Response

On May 27, 2015 TCAT made a joint response with the Toronto Cycling Think & Do Tank, Dr. Paul Hess (University of Toronto) and Dr. Raktim Mitra (Ryerson University) regarding Ontario’s co-ordinated review of the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, the Niagara Escarpment Plan, the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and the Greenbelt Plan.

We appreciate the Province of Ontario’s efforts to provide policy direction to municipalities to guide growth and protect the environment. We are particularly impressed with the direction to create complete communities that facilitate sustainable travel options including walking and cycling.

Our submission provided 29 recommendations including:

  1. Better integration of transit, walking and cycling is needed (see TCAT’s The Other 25% report)
  2. Target areas with a high proportion of trips under 7 km for active transportation investment
  3. Provide better clarity to municipalities about provincial goals and expectations for accommodating and encouraging walking and cycling (see TCAT’s analysis of the Provincial Policy Statement)
  4. Incorporate Complete Streets policy language into the Growth Plan
  5. Provide municipalities with funding to overcome local barriers to cycling
  6. Develop a consistent process for municipalities to collect data on pedestrians and cyclists
  7. Make TCAT’s Complete Streets Catalogue and Evaluation Tool available to municipalities to help support implementation of the Growth Plan

Read the full submission here.

Posted On: May 27, 2015