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  1. County of Essex County Wide Active Transportation (CWATS) Master PlanWRT PresentationSeptember 12th 2011

  2. Presentation Outline • The Active Transportation Master Plan • Vision • Why it Matters • Develop Continuity • Our challenges • The Benefits of Active Transportation • Outreach & Tourism Potential • Typical Active Transportation Facilities (On and Off-Road) • Recommended Network • What is the Investment? • Implementation • Next Steps – From Plan to Implementation County of Essex County Wide Active Transportation Master Plan | Council Presentation Slide 2 of 25

  3. The Active Transportation Master Plan • Implements a County-wide active transportation network and active transportation supportive programs over the next 20+ years for the County as well as its local municipalities; • Linksall seven (7) local municipalities to the City of Windsor and Municipality of Chatham Kent and spans approx. 700 km of active transportation facilities • Supports the County’s Official Plan and Essex-Windsor Regional Transportation Master Plan as the policies strongly encourage high quality pedestrian and cycling facilities along arterial and collector road systems an include extensive pedestrian and bicycle policies; and • Proposes outreach initiatives which include social marketing and raising awareness regarding active transportation in the County and its local municipalities. These can be delivered through education, encouragement and enforcement programs. County of Essex County Wide Active Transportation Master Plan | Council Presentation Slide 3 of 25

  4. Vision • “The County of Essex and its seven local area municipalities support active transportation (walking and cycling) and in association with the Essex Region Conservation Authority, City of Windsor and Municipality of Chatham-Kent and other partners, are working togetherto fostera safe, comfortable and bicycle and pedestrian friendly environment by encouraging people of all ages and abilities to engage in non-motorized activities for everyday transportation and recreation. Residents and visitors are able to travel and experience the urban and rural areas of the County by way of a connected network of on and off-road pedestrian and cycling facilities.” County of Essex County Wide Active Transportation Master Plan | Council Presentation Slide 4 of 25

  5. Why it Matters?

  6. Why it Matters: Continuity County of Essex County Wide Active Transportation Master Plan | Council Presentation Slide 2 of 25

  7. Our Challenge: Overcoming Barriers Poor weather Pedestrian and Cycling Facilities Safety Concerns Funding & Implementation

  8. The Benefits of Active Transportation • Active Transportation (walking and cycling) provides significant health, transportation, environmental and economic benefits, including: • Active transportation modes use no fossil fuels reducing total greenhouse gas emissions and traffic congestion; • Cycling and walking provides an enjoyable, convenient and affordable means of travel; • Physical activity improves cardiovascular and mental health, and is linked to the prevention of a number of diseases; and • Cycle tourism benefits the economy of the County as well as its local area municipalities. County of Essex County Wide Active Transportation Master Plan | Council Presentation Slide 5 of 25

  9. Outreach & Tourism Potential • Raising awareness and promoting active transportation throughout the County and its local municipalities is an important component that complements the network infrastructure. • Outreach strategies include: • Education campaigns and programs – brochures, maps, teaching and safety awareness; • Encouragement and incentive programs (e.g. workplace and school based programs and community-based social marketing); • Enforcement – “rules of the road” for pedestrians, bicycles and motor vehicles, “common sense” practice and bylaw enforcement in collaboration with Essex OPP and Local Police Services; and • Working / partnering with other agencies (e.g. school boards, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit, Volunteer Groups and Local Municipalities). County of Essex County Wide Active Transportation Master Plan | Council Presentation Slide 18 of 25

  10. Typical Active Transportation Facilities Multi-Use Trail In-BoulevardMulti-use Trail Signed Bike Route with Paved Shoulder Context Sensitive Solution Bike Lanes Bike Lane Sign Sharrow County of Essex County Wide Active Transportation Master Plan | Council Presentation Slide 12 of 25

  11. Recommended CWATS Network – Urban Areas Slide 13 of 25

  12. What is the Investment? Total Local Municipal / Provincial Investment $17,501,741 Total County of Essex Investment $28,339,219 Total ERCA Investment $6,274,160 Total Health Unit Outreach Investment $500,000 The total cost of implementation of the AT network over 20 + years is ~ $52,615,119. County of Essex County Wide Active Transportation Master Plan | Council Presentation Slide 22 of 25

  13. Implementation • The proposed Implementation Plan consists of three phases: • Phase 1: Short Term (Year 0 – 5); • Phase 2: Medium Term (Year 6 – 10); and • Phase 3: Longer-Term (Year 11 – 20+). • The Implementation / Phasing is a key aspect of the Plan, developed as a means to identify priorities and provide an order of magnitude opinion on cost: • Intended to be a flexible document, subject to available budget resources, constraints and new opportunities as they arise; • Identified projects for the County and local municipalities to be included as part of capital infrastructure works as they are scheduled; and • Positions the County and local municipalities to take advantage of outside funding opportunities. County of Essex County Wide Active Transportation Master Plan | Council Presentation Slide 19 of 25

  14. Next Steps – from Plan to Implementation Endorsing the Plan 2. Implementation • CWATS endorsed by all Local Municipalities in Essex County: • Amherstburg • Essex • Kingsville • Lakeshore • LaSalle • Leamington • Tecumseh • Partnerships • Funding and Corporate Sponsorships • Marketing, Education & Promotion Strategy County of Essex County Wide Active Transportation Master Plan | Council Presentation Slide 2 of 25

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