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Active Transportation Committee Seeks Input


May 29, 2008 - Following nine months of groundwork, the Active Transportation Advisory Committee is thrilled to present the first phase of an Active Transportation Plan for the City to the public for input. Two public Open Houses will showcase the recommended commuter cycling routes and maps, and gather feedback and information on where people in Thunder Bay like to walk, bike, and wheel. The Open Houses will take place on Tuesday, June 3 at the Thunder Bay 55 Plus Centre, 700 River St., and on Thursday, June 5 at the Westfort Community Centre, 397 Empire Ave., from 5-8pm.

Active transportation is any human-powered form of travel such as walking, cycling, in-line skating, skate-boarding, cross-country skiing, canoeing and kayaking. Positive economic and environmental impacts and health promotion are just some of the ways active transportation benefits individuals and the community as a whole.

"As outlined in the Building on the New Foundation Strategic Plan, the Active Transportation Plan is a strategic priority that contributes to the high quality of life we all value," said Mayor Lynn Peterson. "Through leadership, planning and community partnerships we hope to achieve our vision of a healthy, accessible, environmentally sustainable community. We value informed and involved citizens. I encourage everyone to have their say in the development of Active Transportation in Thunder Bay."

Over the years, City Council has shown a strong level of commitment to the development of safe and efficient transportation systems. There is an increasing interest in improving the facilities available for human-powered forms of transportation for many reasons, including the environment and health.

The 2007 Citizen Survey found that 75% of citizens in Thunder Bay supported the expansion of trails as a major capital investment. At the direction of City Council, the Engineering Division began preparing an Active Transportation Plan last year that includes a network of safe and convenient, non-motorized transportation routes that integrate existing and planned roads, sidewalks, and proposed bicycle commuter routes, in conjunction with the Community Services Department's recreational trail development.

The Engineering and Parks Divisions established a committee of community stakeholders including members of the cycling community, Thunder Bay Recreational Trails Association, the Take Heart Committee, Thunder Bay Police, Transit, EarthWise, the Accessibility Committee, Confederation College and Lakehead University.

"The Committee has worked hard for the past nine months to arrive at these recommended routes," said Pat Mauro, Committee Co-Chair and Manager - Engineering. "Active Transportation is a key component of a safe, innovative, integrated transportation system that links where we all live, work, and play."

Everyone is encouraged to attend one of the Open House events, view the proposed routes and maps and share your ideas about active transportation with members of the Committee.

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Contact: Pat Mauro, Committee Co-Chair & Manager - Engineering Division, 625-3022 or
                Paul Fayrick, Committee Co-Chair & Coordinator - Parks Planning 625-2806