What's next for the IMP?

Thanks for your feedback! Thank you to everyone who tuned in for the virtual project launch event and participated in the first round of public engagement in November to share what matters most about the future of mobility.

Through the online engagement, we confirmed community values when it comes to transportation and finalized a vision statement for the future of mobility:

Mobility in Burlington will be safe, accessible, sustainable, balanced and livable.

Safe - The movement of people and goods in Burlington will be safe for users of all modes. Special attention will be paid to ensuring the safety of vulnerable users - pedestrians and cyclists – as they are most likely to get seriously injured or killed in an incident. We will not accept transportation-related deaths and serious injuries as a normal part of our daily lives; our transportation system will be designed to minimize the risk of transportation-related deaths and serious injuries from occurring on our streets.

Accessible - Getting around Burlington will be accessible to people of all ages and abilities. There will be no infrastructure or service gaps in the networks of any mode, so each traveller can make a comfortable trip from point A to point B in Burlington, when they want, by their travel mode of choice. Our transportation system will allow our community members to travel comfortably within Burlington and to nearby communities to make sure that all residents of Burlington can fully participate in society, by the travel mode of their choice.

Sustainable - The transportation network will prioritize efforts to encourage transit, cycling, walking, and other non-car modes in order to encourage their use. By doing this, we will prioritize our community’s health, improve the vibrancy of our city, and reduce pollution. We will also electrify our transportation network to reduce the emissions of all vehicles and to make modes like scooters or bikes more accessible for people with reduced mobility.

Balanced - We will prioritize travel by non-car modes. Our streets will allow comfortable travel for users of every mode.

Liveable - Streets in Burlington will be designed to fit within their surroundings. The design of our streets will support the environment and character we want to create in surrounding neighbourhoods and communities.

Some things we heard from the online engagement were:

  • Overall, the draft Vision and Values for the IMP were supported.
  • Street design should match the surrounding context and character.
  • The City should prioritize infrastructure for transit, cycling and walking from the onset of construction in new neighbourhoods.
  • The City should protect vulnerable users through improved street and intersection design, plowing snow on sidewalks and bike lanes and designing complete streets.
  • The City should improve the connectivity of the transportation network by completing more projects that “fill in the gaps” in our transportation system and give pedestrians and cyclists more direct routes.
  • The City should have the infrastructure to make each trip possible by any mode of transportation.
  • There was less support for redirecting the budget toward sustainable transportation options, implementing parking fees in congested areas to reduce emissions and taking away space for cars.
  • Additional comments received expressed a desire for smart traffic control and traffic demand management to improve the efficient movement of vehicles, along with improved regional connectivity and connections to the GO system.

Feedback received through the survey was used to refine and finalize the draft Vision and Values that will shape the direction and form the foundation of the Integrated Mobility Plan. Your feedback was an important part of this initial phase of the process.

The next round of public engagement, Map your Feedback, is launching on Dec. 15, 2020 and will run until Jan. 22, 2021. We want you to tell us what is working well, where gaps exist and what the opportunities for improvement are for transportation in Burlington. This information will help us to understand the current experience of residents, and identify opportunities and barriers to achieving the Vision for the IMP.

Thank you again for your participation.

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