Active Transportation Plan

Updated Active Transportation Plan (ATP)

At the Special Council Meeting on Jan 15, 2024, Saanich Council adopted the updated Active Transportation Plan (ATP). This plan will replace the ATP that was adopted in 2018.

Thank you to everyone who participated in this plan update.

View the updated ATP here [PDF - 15 MB].

Summary of the changes

Building on the 2018 ATP, the update includes revisions and new content that aligns with the approved project priorities and reflects community input. The changes to the document include:

  • Updates to ensure alignment with current policy documents including recent plans and strategies for climate change, active transportation, land use, and road safety.
  • Demographic updates, as well as refreshed travel data and infrastructure statistics, and incorporation of crash data.
  • New information about electric assist micromobility.  
  • Incorporation of Vision Zero and a Safe Systems Approach to road safety.
  • New and updated mapping.
  • Direction for a future traffic calming policy.
  • Integration of an equity approach.

What is Saanich’s Active Transportation Plan?

Saanich residents move around the community in many ways. The District is committed to improving active mobility, including walking, biking, rolling, and riding the bus for people of all ages and abilities.

The District’s first Active Transportation Plan, Moving Saanich Forward was adopted by Council in June 2018 as a guide for investment in active transportation for 30 years. The award-winning plan establishes a vision, goals, and targets. It also outlines strategies and actions, and an implementation plan to ensure progress on the District’s policies, standards, infrastructure and programs for active transportation.

In January 2024, Saanich Council adopted the updated ATP to guide investment and decision-making for the next five years, and beyond.

How are we doing?

We are making progress in implementation of the ATP.

The 2023 Report Card provides a snapshot of how we are doing and the progress we’ve made in the number of people walking, cycling, and riding the bus, through infrastructure improvements and enhanced signals at intersections.

In 2019 Saanich was awarded silver for Excellence in Policy Planning - City & Urban Areas presented by the Planning Institute of BC. It was an honour to be recognized in this category and to have our engagement effort highlighted within the planning community.  We were also very proud to have our plan recognized in 2018 as one of the Top 10 bike projects in Canada by CanadaBikes.

To learn more about our progress on implementation of the ATP see our yearly report cards:

Background Documents and Reports

To view documents for the 2024 ATP visit the project page.

The following documents were produced for the 2018 ATP:

 Engagement summaries

Discussion papers