If an Engineer starts talking about Transportation Master Planning, cyclists don’t often get too excited. Canmore’s new Integrated Transportation Plan might change that. The plan has been approved by Council for planning purposes and sees Canmore as Alberta’s premiere walking and cycling community, with a goal to obtain a 30% work trip mode share for sustainable modes by 2020. That’s not really anything new, Canmore’s 1998 Municipal Development Plan stated; Maximize the safety, convenience, and attractiveness of walking and cycling rather than accommodating the private automobile. Canmore’s 2015 Business Plan also has Canmore seeking to be recognized as a leader in Alberta for effectively encouraging residents and visitors to walk or bike instead of relying on automobiles for transportation.
Active transportation is an integral part of the Town’s community fabric. The existing recreational trail network is integrated with an aspirational network that aims to serve utilitarian trips as well as recreational trips. The network focuses on cycling; however the routes and existing trail system can serve alternative active modes as well. The existing pedestrian network will also benefit from improved active transportation connectivity, and it will be continually improved as part of ongoing projects.
In addition to setting a plan to accommodate cyclist within Canmore’s active transportation network, the Integrated Transportation Plan also incorporates cyclists into the street network. The Complete Streets approach focuses on creating places where people want to be and aims to maximize the street right of way for multimodal and land use functions. To achieve this, the plan presents an evolution of the traditional hierarchical road network and provides a broader spectrum of street classifications.
With successful projects such as; two mountain bike skills parks, the Trans-Canada Highway Pedestrian/Cyclist Underpass, the Rocky Mountain Legacy Trail, bicycle corrals, covered bike parking and bike maintenance stands, Canmore has shown a strong commitment to cycling. Guiding documents like the recently approved Integrated Transportation Plan mean that the future of cycling in Canmore is even brighter.
To view or download Canmore’s Integrated Transportation Plan click here or on the image below.