Bremner - transportation
Transportation choices are made based on what is most reliable, convenient and comfortable, whether commuting to work, walking to school or biking to Millennium Place or a trip to the farmer’s market. Streets should be designed so that people of all ages, incomes and abilities are able to use active forms of transportation like walking and cycling, safely and comfortably. Multi-modal transportation systems enable residents to move in and out of their neighbourhoods safely and efficiently, no matter their transportation mode of choice.
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1. Public transportationPermanent link to Public transportation
Streets designed for transit allow growth in development and population density without increasing traffic congestion, by serving more people in less space.
A more reliable and financially sustainable public transportation system creates a cycle of more riders, more service, and more street space for people. Public transportation that serves all ages, incomes and abilities is more equitable than one based primarily on private vehicles. Connecting public transit to active transportation modes is essential to improving pedestrian, cyclist, and vehicular safety and efficiency.
2. WalkabilityPermanent link to Walkability
Walkability is a measure of how safe, useful, comfortable and interesting an area is for a person to walk or use active transportation.
For walking and active transportation use, people need services, school, employment and amenities in close proximity to where they live and street networks that are safe, comfortable and interesting to use. When all of these factors are combined, there is an increased uptake in walking for day to day needs or trips to places and services instead only waking for recreation. Being able to use active transportation for day to day trips for services, school, employment and amenities increase opportunities for daily physical activity and persons overall health.
3. Grid or modified grid street patternPermanent link to Grid or modified grid street pattern
These patterns allow for a network of many possible routes, and spreads traffic evenly throughout the neighbourhood: Older cities built for pedestrians before the advent of the car generally have more walkability. The street patterns are more grid like and the block lengths and widths are smaller creating more convenient access for pedestrians. In the age of the car, a grid like street pattern creates more connection points and reduces the need for larger wider arterial roads increasing compact development.
4. Multi-modal transportationPermanent link to Multi-modal transportation
Multi-modal transportation and complete streets refers to the availability of infrastructure for all types of transportation including walking, cycling, vehicular transportation and public transportation. Separating street users, especially in high volume areas, increases safety and comfort for the most vulnerable users.
Coordinator, Long Range Planning