Inspire and influence the evolution of integrated urban mobility that is efficient, affordable, and accessible.
Why It Matters
A convergence of pressures is changing transportation needs across Canada: the cost of owning and driving a car or truck continues to increase; health researchers continue to make the connection between disease, inactivity, and driving; natural systems are buckling under the pressure of GHGs and pollution; and there is an aging population who rely on automobiles, but who soon will be unable to drive. People are looking for cheaper, healthier, and smarter ways of getting around.
The choices people make are changing; for the first time in a century, fewer young people are choosing to drive. People are making new and different transportation choices. There has also been an evolution in thought about what transportation means. It no longer makes sense to plan just for automobiles or just for cyclists. Everybody, at some point in their lives, is a pedestrian, a transit rider, a passenger in a car. Transportation must be thought of holistically, as an integrated system: as mobility.
Mobility is an overarching term that describes the process of getting from point ‘A’ to point ‘B’. It includes transit, walking, driving, cycling, and assistive devices, e.g., wheelchairs. Mobility planning takes into consideration the possibility of using all of these modes of travel and giving them equal weight when planning roads and developments, with the aim of creating seamless integration and transitions between so that all people, regardless of age, gender, ability, or wealth, can efficiently, safely, and enjoyably travel as needed.
- Public and private infrastructure are both strategically used to create seamless, barrier-free options for bicycling, walking, and transit use in order to create a cleaner, greener, more beautiful Thunder Bay.
- Citizens of all ages and abilities are inspired to adopt more active modes of transportation, leading to a higher quality of life.
- Thunder Bay is a leader in developing policies to support sustainable modes of transportation in order to be recognized as a best-run City.
- Partners from all sectors support multi-modal transportation in order to create a prosperous and more diversified economy.
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