Saanich moves forward with Active Transportation Plan
October 17, 2017
For immediate release
Saanich, BC – After nine months of public engagement, the District of Saanich has completed the draft of Moving Saanich Forward, its first ever Active Transportation Plan.
The Moving Saanich Forward team is now asking for feedback on the draft maps, strategies and actions that will guide plans for the next 30 years. More than 2,000 residents have been involved in the process to date, attending events, interacting on social media and completing surveys.
“The draft plan includes priorities for building new sidewalks and cycling facilities as well as programs and partnerships to encourage more residents to use active travel modes,” said Harley Machielse, Director of Engineering. “The vision is that active transportation is a safe, convenient and enjoyable way to move around the District and is a common part of everyday life for residents and visitors.”
The draft plan outlines dozens of strategies and actions to achieve the District’s goal of doubling active transportation trips by 2036.
Citizens and businesses are invited to learn more and provide feedback at one of three upcoming open houses or on the project’s website. The open houses provide an opportunity for residents to see the plan’s highlights and discuss the plan’s merits and gaps with the project team. The open houses are scheduled as follows:
- Open House #1: Tuesday, October 24, 2017
- Gordon Head Recreation Centre | 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- Open House #2: Wednesday, October 25, 2017
- Cedar Hill Recreation Centre | 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- Open House #3: Saturday, November 4, 2017
- G.R. Pearkes Recreation Centre | 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
This is the third phase of the project. Once the draft plan is finalized, council will consider the report in early 2018. The final Active Transportation Plan will include policies and actions that will guide investments in active transportation infrastructure and support programs over the short and long term for residents of all ages and abilities.
The District would like to thank all community members for their participation and valued input into the Active Transportation Plan so far.
For more information on the Moving Saanich Forward process or to get involved, please visit saanich.ca/movingsaanichfwd. Find us on social using #movingsaanichfwd and by following us on Facebook: facebook.com/saanich.bc and Twitter: twitter.com/Saanich.
Director of Engineering
250-475-1775 ext. 5446