News Release: Smithers Moving Ahead with Active Transportation Plan
March 26th, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
[SMITHERS]- As a community, we move around in different ways – walking, biking, skateboarding, pushing strollers, driving, riding the bus – the list goes on. As northern residents, we also live with the changing seasons and everything that goes along with it – snow, ice and shorter daylight hours.
In 2019, the Town of Smithers is working to develop its first Active Transportation Plan in an effort to better support active or human powered mobility options in Smithers. Active transportation typically refers to 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 plan will set the foundation for developing well-connected, attractive 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.
“Smithers is known as being an active community and being able to get around by bike or on foot is an important aspect of many residents’ quality of life,” said Taylor Bachrach. “Council and I hope the upcoming planning process will help guide future infrastructure upgrades so that Smithers families can lead even healthier, more active lives.”
Community participation is a critical part of developing a plan that reflects the unique neighbourhoods, people, climate and geography of Smithers. April 15th, 2019 marks the public launch of the project, with a public survey and citizen photo mapping exercise that will encourage Smithers residents to capture photos of the barriers and opportunities for active transportation in the community. The public is also invited to stop by the Ideas Fair on Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 between 3 to 6 pm on Second Avenue at Main Street to learn about the project, help build a vision and to provide feedback on existing barriers and future opportunities.
More information can be found on the Town’s website at www.smithers.ca/active
Mark Allen, Director of Development Services
Town of Smithers
Phone (250) 847-1600