Active Transportation Plan
The Town of Smithers, throughout the spring and summer of 2019, will be working to create its first Active Transportation Plan (ATP) to better support active mobility options in our community. This includes any method of human-powered transportation that you take to get yourself, or others, from one place to another, such as destinations for a specific purpose (e.g., school, work, shopping, etc.) or for recreation and leisure. The ATP will set the foundation for developing well-connected, attractive active transportation networks that are safe, convenient and accessible for people of all ages and abilities. On a broader scale, the plan will also further the Town’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by replacing carbon dioxide (CO2) generating transportation with active transportation options and decreasing dependency on fossil fuels vehicles.
The final Smithers Active Transportation Plan can be viewed here.
This project has been funded through the Province of British Columbia Rural Dividend Program.
The purpose of the Smithers ATP is to identify strategies that integrate accessible, multi-use, pedestrian and cycling improvements to replace CO2 generating transportation and decrease dependency on fossil fuel vehicles with active transportation alternatives. Specific objectives of the ATP are to:
- Increase the safety and frequency of use of active transport;
- Improve connections between downtown, residential neighbourhoods, schools, rural residential areas and front country tourism assets;
- Create measurable targets that increase active transportation choices by 2021; and
- Advance the Town’s commitment to reducing GHG emissions.
Over the last decade, Smithers has completed numerous plans and processes related to community sustainability, accessibility and infrastructure improvements. These previous documents serve as the foundation for Smithers Active Transportation Plan to both connect with and build upon. These include:
- Smithers Bike Route Map
- Trails Plan 2019
- Town of Smithers Official Community Plan BL. 1614, 2010
- Age-Friendly Assessment and Action Plan 2016
- Pedestrian Plan March 2019
- 2015-2018 Smithers Council Strategic Priorities
- Community & Corporate Energy and GHG Emissions Reduction Plans (2012)
- British Columbia Active Transportation Design Guide
Mark Allen, P. Eng
Director of Development Services
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