The city is nearing the end of the road for its transportation master plan, and is heading for another round of public input on the long-range planning document.
The plan will provide a strategy for how the city can improve and upgrade its transportation system over the next 25 years. One of the aims is to double the proportion of people in the city who bike, walk or take local transit to 24 per cent, from the current 12 per cent.
On Monday, council received an update from city-hired consultant Urban Systems on progress made on the plan so far, as well as the remaining phases of the project.
Urban Systems' transportation planning leader Brian Patterson also used the Monday presentation to unveil "key transportation possibilities" for the region, which will be released in a public discussion document this week.
Public feedback from the document will be gathered by Urban Systems and incorporated into a final draft plan for council to consider, Patterson said.
There are about 250,000 daily trips made by city residents on a daily basis, Patterson said. By 2041, that number will increase to 375,000 trips per day.
One major focus is how the transportation system can adapt to an increasing population. To do that, the plan will emphasize the development of a network of seven 'mobility hubs' throughout the city - areas that are developed specifically to encourage high density, mixed land use and shorter trips and promote walking, cycling and transit use. "And this really lays the foundation for the plan," said Patterson.
"What we're hoping that would be achieved in these areas is creating an environment within each of these hubs that are more pedestrian-friendly and bicycle friendly. . ." he added.
Another aim is to improve pedestrian infrastructure, such as sidewalks or crosswalks, as well as aesthetic improvements like weather production and public art, to encourage more walking within the city, Patterson said.
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