Walk Wheel Windsor
Spring 2019 Project Update
Walk Wheel Windsor – our Active Transportation Master Plan – is taking shape thanks to the thousands of comments and suggestions we've received from Windsor residents. To report back on the results of the past three phases of Walk Wheel Windsor, three reports and engagement summaries have been prepared:
Using public input, the Walk Wheel Windsor team is finalizing the strategies, actions, and network plans for the master plan to improve active transportation over the next 20 years and beyond. In this next phase of the plan, we will be sharing the final plan and piloting tactical urbanism events to solicit final feedback on the proposed network and facilities.
Upcoming Opportunities to Get Involved!
A draft Active Transportation Master Plan has been prepared and we want your input! There will be three opportunities in late April to learn more about the draft plan at one of our pop-up Public Information Centres. Come decorate the streets and experience the benefits of proposed bike lanes and walking facilities at one of these pop-up events! In addition to presenting the draft plan, these pop-up events will showcase the proposed cycling and walking facilities that may be constructed as part of the recommendations contained within the plan. We will also be gathering feedback on your experience at these pop-ups and how we can improve the safety and comfort of these facilities.
Students are encouraged to take active transportation to school. The school and community will also have an opportunity to work on a street art project together that celebrates health, safety and active transportation in their community.
Saturday, April 27 - Public Information Centre #1 – Downtown Bike Lane Pop-Up Event
10 AM - 4 PM
Goyeau Street from University Avenue to Riverside Drive
University Avenue from Goyeau Street to McDougall Street
One of the recommendations of the plan is to develop a downtown network of protected bike lanes that are comfortable for people of all ages and abilities. Ride your bike to our downtown pop-up bike lanes to experience what protected bike lanes could feel like. Visit the pop-up bike lanes on University Avenue and Goyeau Street.
Sunday, April 28 - Public Information Centre #2 – Earth Day Pop-Up Event
10 AM - 4 PM
Malden Park (4200 Malden Road)
Come by our booth at the Earth Day event to find out more information about the draft master plan and share your ideas with us!
Monday, April 29 - Public Information Centre #3 – Safe and Healthy Streets Pop-Up Event
8 AM - 4 PM
Vincent Massey Secondary School (1800 Liberty Street)
Safe and Healthy Streets Event: This event will celebrate active, safe, healthy and sustainable school travel in Windsor by providing students at both Vincent Massey Secondary School and Glenwood Elementary School the opportunity to decorate a section of Liberty Street with art celebrating healthy living and clean air.
Don’t forget to check the MappMySchoolNeighbourhood APP to plan your hassle-free route to school!
What is "Walk Wheel Windsor"?
Windsor residents move around our city in many different ways – walking, biking, skateboarding, riding the bus, driving, carpooling – the list goes on. The City of Windsor is committed to improving walking, biking, transit and other active mobility options through Walk Wheel Windsor. That's what we're calling our new Active Transportation Master Plan. The plan will set the foundation for developing well-connected, attractive active transportation networks that are safe, convenient and user-friendly, no matter what mode of transportation people use.
Over the next 18 months, the Walk Wheel Windsor team will develop a vision along with policies and actions to guide the development of safe, attractive and convenient active transportation options for people of all ages and abilities over the next 20 years. The focus will be on creating active transportation opportunities to get people where they need to go—work, school, appointments and activities.
What is "active transportation" anyway?
Active Transportation is basically any form of human‐powered transportation. Walking and cycling are the most popular and well known forms of active transportation. However, the definition extends much further than that – as long as it is "active," you choose the mode: skateboarding, wheeling, pushing a stroller, accessing transit, in-line skating, using a mobility aid, etc. Active transportation is any active trip you make to get yourself, or others, from one place to another ‐ whether it's to work, school, the store or to visit with friends.
What are the benefits of "active transportation"?
There are many benefits that come with using active modes of transportation. Those who choose to move actively for their day-to-day transportation maintain a healthier lifestyle through increased physical activity and spend less on transportation costs, reducing the amount of money spent on gas and parking. Having more active transportation options also improves mobility for non-drivers, such as seniors, youth and low income residents.
The benefits of active transportation also extend to other road users and more generally, the broader community. For example, active transportation helps to:
- Create more livable communities;
- Reduce vehicle-related air pollution;
- Reduce traffic congestion for all road user;
- 10% of trip to work are made by people walking, biking, or taking transit.
- Did you know? Windsor has:
- More than 1,000 km of sidewalks and trails
- More than 50 km of bike lanes
- More than 130 km of multi-use pathways
- Two-thirds of residents are within 400 m of a bike route.
- Two-thirds of residents are within 400 m of a bus route.
- Our buses make more that 6.3 million passenger trips, travelling 5.7 million km annually.
- All buses have a bike rack.
Why does Windsor need an active transportation plan?
The City of Windsor is committed to sustainability and recognizes the important role active transportation plays in enhancing community health, safety and livability. In 2015, City Council adopted a new 20-year Strategic Vision for the City, which now serves as a cornerstone for Council and City administration when making decisions with respect to programs, services and infrastructure. The Strategic Vision embraces three main goals for the next 20 years:
- More Jobs in Windsor
- Addressing Windsor's Reputation
- Improving Quality of Life in Windsor
The vision states that Windsor will provide a high quality of life for all by strengthening the city as a whole by supporting its neighbourhoods and districts, encouraging convenient transit and transportation options, and ensuring excellent service delivery. In addition, the recently approved Windsor Community Energy Plan set targets that will allow our city to build towards a smart energy future that consumes 40% less energy and emits 40% fewer greenhouse gases. Walking, cycling and an integrated transit system will be heavily relied on to meet these targets.
Creating an Active Transportation Master Plan with a strong focus on multi-modal transportation will further the aspirations outlined in both the 20-year Strategic Vision and Windsor Community Energy Plan.
Transportation Planning Division
Hours of Operation: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Phone: For general information, call 311. For detailed inquiries, call (519) 255-6248.