Canada’s Centre for Active Transportation has released a guide for planners on how to better plan for and encourage the integration of bikes, walking, and transit.
This is a topic planners struggle with, as these modes often seem to be competing for limited road space as well as ridership. It doesn’t have to be that way. Transportation works better for everyone if the modes are integrated and support each other. That means it is just as important for transit agencies to help make it easy and safe to walk or ride a bike to catch a bus or a train.
But how? Planning is usually mode-specific, with separate teams, separate plans, separate funding, and separate projects designed for each mode. It is not common practice–yet–to think about the ways all these modes work together and to integrate them at the planning stage.
The guide, “Improving Active Transportation and Public Transit Integration,” offers a menu of very different “best practices” from cities in Canada and the U.S., describing in detail how they use infrastructure and programming to improve travel for all modes together.
Read the full article: Making it Easier to Get to Transit via Walking, Bicycling