Active transportation infrastructure and policies contribute to the physical, social and economic health of a community

Active Transportation

We are a working group of 30+ multi sector community champions working together to support Active Transportation across Renfrew County.  Priority areas include walkability, trails, cycling economy, priority routes and mapping.

The Renfrew County Active Transportation Strategy was developed in collaboration with the expertise and community input of the PAN-RC and the Active Transportation working group. It provides a long-term vision for active transportation infrastructure and policies contributing to the physical, social and economic health of a community whereby motorists, pedestrians, cyclists and community leaders share a common vision.

The Strategy identifies links and extensions of existing bikeways, trails, sidewalks and roads. It also creates new walking and cycling connections throughout and between communities. It includes plans for prioritizing network projects, determining appropriate levels of operation and maintenance/capital funding levels, reviewing current standards, by-laws and identifies public promotion and education.

The working committee of 25+ active users of our road, trail and waterway systems represent a wide and geographically balanced group of stakeholders. Collaborative efforts have also been reflected in delegations from the Renfrew County Healthy Community Partnership and the Building Healthy Community-Renfrew County document.

Active Transportation Benefits

  • Contributes to a higher quality of life for Renfrew County residents.
  • Increases opportunities for improved health and well being for everyone.
  • Contributes to healthier and more active communities.
  • Improves public education and knowledge of the links between active transportation, health, community well-being and improved quality of life.
  • Increases community engagement and social connections.
  • Improves safety on and around roads and community spaces (decreases transport injuries and falls).
  • Contributes to economic development and a stronger economy (cycle tourism, trails, local business use, enhanced commuter and recreational use by residents and productivity).
  • Supports the provision of accessible infrastructure.
  • Contributes positively to and connects us with the natural environment.
  • Integrates and links community and government initiatives such as walking and cycling routes to schools and trails investments.
  • Improves recreational and commuter accessibility to people of all ages, abilities and income levels.
  • Enhances municipal collaboration around active transportation.

Our health is determined by where we live and by the spaces around us — the built and natural environments. This Active Transportation Strategy contributes to safer and more accessible spaces to move more in our communities where we work, play, learn and live.

Contact PAN-RC if you would like to be a part of the Active Transportation Working Group.

Use the comments form below to share projects or resources that would or have facilitated Active Transporation in your community.