Active Transportation

Frontenac County has contracted Alta Planning + Design to develop a Regional Active Transportation Plan with the following goals:

  • Active transportation within Frontenac County is enjoyable, convenient, safe, and comfortable for routine trips and recreational travel.
  • Our communities will be connected with high quality systems of off road and on road infrastructure that build upon well-used existing trails, such as the K&P Trail.
  • Active transportation networks will support residents’ health throughout their lives, from childhood to older adulthood.
  • Active transportation investments will continue supporting Frontenac County’s economic development and environmental stewardship efforts.
  • Visitors will have access to memorable active transportation experiences, including access to regional trails

Active transportation is any form of human-powered transportation. It is any trip made for the purposes of getting yourself, or others, to a particular destination, this includes to work, to school, to the store or to visit friends. Common examples of active transportation are walking, cycling, rollerblading and skateboarding. Efforts to implement this plan will continue after its adoption and will support sustainability, active living, and land use goals.

Request for Comments:

The draft plan is now available in it's entirety for review and comment from the community until Wednesday July 10, 2019 at 12:00 PM.  Please direct any comments or questions to

Richard Allen, Manager of Economic Development
rallen@frontenaccounty.ca 
(613) 548-9400 ext. 330

Documents:

Regional Active Transportation Plan - Full Draft 

Sections:

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Who benefits from an Active Transportation Plan?

In short, EVERYONE. Active transportation has a positive impact on residents, tourists and businesses that operate in the county. The presence of accessible sidewalks, trails, cycling routes, and signage instills confidence in people who are interested in active transportation modes. Whether it is walking safely from school to the library on complete sidewalks or cycling to and from work on a paved shoulder, a cohesive active transportation plan can help prioritize improvements you want to see in your community.

Why do we need an Active Transportation Plan?

The County of Frontenac is preparing an Active Transportation Plan (ATP) to develop a realistic, feasible and implementable blueprint for the planning, design and implementation of non-motorized routes, infrastructure and promotion. The ATP will guide decision-making, coordination and collaboration between Council, local municipal staff, community partners and residents. Small and rural towns have great potential for creating viable networks that serve residents and visitors. Common attributes of a small-town network include connections between communities that are located along highways and access to retail businesses and schools in a relatively small area within the community core. 

There is an advantage of preparing a region-wide Active Transportation Plan for Frontenac. Working with all four Townships to set priorities for infrastructure improvement can result in economies of scale and a coordinated approach. The study includes all lands within Frontenac County. Trail links to external municipalities and adjacent Counties will also be considered. 
Part of this plan will be funded from the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program
(OMCCP). When the ATP is completed it can help guide implementation in the four Townships.

The Plan will be able to be used by the Townships Staff for OMCCP funding, long term project planning or for pursuing other infrastructure funding opportunities in the future.

What are the goals for the Active Transportation Plan?
 • To create in inventory of existing and proposed active transportation assets and facilities as a starting point to improve connections and coordinate improvements with the County and all four Townships.

• Establish a priority list of recommendations for the active transportation facilities and infrastructure. 
• Propose a trail planning standard to ensure accessible and safer active transportation systems for children, youth and seniors. 
• Develop an educational and promotional/marketing program to encourage use of active transportation by residents and visitors.

Where can I get more information on active transportation in small towns and rural communities?

As a start, please visit www.ruraldesignguide.com. This website will help with visualization of what active transportation can look like in your community. The primary contact for the project is Richard Allen,  Manager of Economic Development