Survey gauges support for alternate transportation

Saanich investigating the future of different forms of active transportation

The District of Saanich has launched a new initiative to investigate the future of biking

The District of Saanich has launched a new initiative to investigate the future of biking, walking and other types of active transportation as it seeks to increase the use of alternative forms of transportation.

Titled Moving Saanich Forward, the initiative consists of various events to raise awareness and generate public input about various modes of active transformation.

The district defines active transformation as any form of human-powered transportation, with walking and cycling as the most popular, well-known forms. This definition also extends to include skateboarding, in-line skating, as well as use of a wheelchair or stroller and mobility aids among others.

Harley Machielse, Saanich’s director of engineering, said walking, biking and other types of active transportation offer many benefits.

“We see a growing need for improved options when it comes to how we move around our community,” he said. “The Moving Saanich Forward project will help to meet this need, making active forms of transportation a more accessible and attractive choice for residents.”

According to a district release, walking, bicycling or taking the bus accounts for 19 per cent of all commuter trips in Saanich. Its Official Community Plan has set the goal of raising that figure to 30 per cent in 20 years.

As part of the public engagement process, the district is asking residents to fill out an online survey at saanich.ca/movingsaanichfwd from now until Jan. 24, 2017.

The district hopes to hear from all residents regardless of their preferred form of transportation, because it wants to learn why active transportation matters to residents and what would encourage them to use these options more often. The district will complement the survey with a variety of events and activities.

Results will flow into the final Active Transportation Plan. The district promises that the plan will include policies and actions that would guide investments in active transportation infrastructure and support programs over the short and long term for residents of all ages and abilities.

 

 

Just Posted

Saanich Police looking for information relating to suspicious death

The body of a man was found on Crease Avenue just after 9 a.m. on Saturday

250th Free Little Library installed in Victoria

Greater Victoria now has the highest density of mapped little libraries in the country

Urbanists hope to see Victoria’s unused rooftops, parkades, parking lots become usable green space

Downtown Residents Association says city dwellers should have access to parks

For the love of fibre: fibre arts celebrated through demonstrations and market showcasing locally made items

Fibre arts celebrated through demonstrations and market showcasing locally made items

Cemetery tour explores Metchosin’s early history

A tour with grave consequences for those wishing to explore Metchosin’s history takes place Aug. 25

70 years of lifting: Canadian man, 85, could cinch weightlifting championship

The senior gym junkie is on track to win the World Masters Weightlifting championship

U16 B.C. fastpitch team named national champs

Girls went undefeated at national tournament in Calgary

Advocates ‘internationalize’ the fight to free Raif Badawi from Saudi prison

Raif Badawi was arrested on June 17, 2012, and was later sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail for his online criticism of Saudi clerics

Canadian entrepreneurs turning beer byproduct into bread, cookies and profits

Some breweries turn to entrepreneurs looking to turn spent grain into treats for people and their pets

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

Most Read