Ontario’s Climate Change Plan Commits $225 million for walking and cycling
The Ontario government recently released a new five-year Climate Change Action Plan. The plan promises between $150 and $225 million from the cap and trade program to accelerate Ontario’s Cycling Strategy.
Some other elements of interest in the plan for walking and cycling:
- Adopting a Complete Streets approach, the plan requires the consideration of cycling infrastructure in all new provincial road, highway, and transit corridor construction projects;
- Municipalities will be provided new tools to pilot ‘low emission zones’ and to create green standard bylaws for sustainable transportation management;
- 10 to 20 million has been allocated to municipalities and large employers for Transportation Demand Management Plans;
- A new Green Commercial Vehicle Program presents an interesting opportunity for active transportation. What could be more green than a cargo bike for small goods delivery?
Together with last month’s announcement of new active transportation and Complete Street policies in Ontario’s Growth Plan, and with the recent appointment of AT Champion Eleanor McMahon as Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, we can expect good things ahead for cycling and walking in the Province of Ontario.
Posted On: June 16, 2016