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New online mapping tool launched by WSP to help active transportation


Thornhill-based project manager Claire Basinski is an avid cyclist. Integrating walking and cycling into her day to day activities where possible is her focus. Her passion for active transportation also makes her the perfect candidate to lead the Quinte West Active Transportation Plan which strives to integrate innovative online engagement tools, such as mapping, with more traditional consultation and engagement tactics, to develop a network of active transportation routes in Quinte West, Ontario.

Since January 2017, WSP has been working with City staff to develop a long-range active transportation plan which identifies walking routes, cycling linkages and accessibility improvements city-wide. As part of the project, the team is taking on two rounds of innovative engagement with stakeholders and residents including workshops, visioning sessions, open houses, group bike rides, a survey and a project website. According to Claire, community involvement is essential to any municipal planning project as "it is about creating more widely used and high-quality routes that are accessible to everyone in the community, and that reflect their interests and needs."

With the identification of the draft active transportation network the team thought it would be an excellent opportunity to reach out to the residents of Quinte West to get their input on active transportation routes, i.e. bicycle lanes in a more innovative, fun and accessible manner. Her team’s query was naturally a way to engage the community and get everyone excited about the project. The team came up with the idea to create a user-friendly online mapping tool where users can indicate what they think about the proposed routes and share ideas on how it should be implemented.

The City is pleased to see how its residents are responding to the mapping tool, as there is an overwhelming number of people who want to get involved. The project is anticipated to be completed in September / October when the team is scheduling a final “public launch” and partnership event for the adoption of the Active Transportation Plan.

For more information about this project, please contact Claire Basinski.