Active Transportation Plan
Active Transportation Plan
The City of Sault Ste Marie is developing the Soo Moves Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) to make the City more comfortable, more accessible and more convenient for people who walk, bike and wheel to get around. By creating a plan to build new cycling routes, trails, sidewalk connections and crossings, the City will build on its existing investments in the Hub Trail and its spoke routes to support more choice in how people get around. The Soo Moves Plan will also help to connect residents and visitors alike to organizations and groups who are making it easier to walk or bike in the City, giving them new ways to connect with their community at a human scale.
As the plan progresses, the project team wants to hear from you about how the City can improve active transportation, and connect you to the places you want to go. Hearing from the people who are most impacted by decisions about investments in Sault Ste. Marie is a vital component of this project – we want to create a plan that is informed by the lived experiences of all people who call Sault Ste. Marie home.
Throughout the project, we will be posting a series of Discussion Papers that align with each phase of the project. These Papers, once reviewed by the public, will eventually form the final Soo Moves document. Essentially, each Discussion Paper will be a Chapter in the Soo Moves Plan, so residents will have confidence knowing that there will be no surprises as the final report makes its way onto the Council agenda.
Each Discussion Paper will be refined through consultation with City Staff and stakeholders and discussed at engagement events with the public before they are finalized and posted on the project website to ensure greater transparency and accountability throughout the project.
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Active Transportation Survey #1
This survey is the first of 2 surveys that will help to inform the development of the Soo Moves Plan. It will ask you a variety of questions about how you move around the City, what you would like to see moving forward and how the plan can meet your needs. It should take about 10-15 minutes to complete.
If you are having challenges completing the survey online, other options are available, including telephone or paper copies of the survey. If you require assistance, please contact Justin Jones, Engagement Specialist, at email@example.com or at +1 289-982-4933
Thank you for your feedback! Click the "Continue" Button below to provide input using the mapping tool to tell us where you would like to see improvements in the Active Transportation network in Sault Ste. Marie!
Background Review and Building an Understanding
During this Phase of the project, we want to understand what opportunities exist in Sault Ste. Marie to make walking, cycling and wheeling easier and more accessible. We will be reviewing the City's existing networks of trails, cycling routes, sidewalks and more, while connecting with the community to identify where those routes are working well and where they are falling short.
Developing an Active Travel Network
Building on what we heard during the first Phase, we will propose new investments to create a more connected, comfortable and accessible active transportation network. We will show the community the kinds of facilities we are considering, and make sure that what is being recommended meets the needs of the City and its residents.
Special Areas Review
Based on conversations with City Staff and other key partners, our team has identified several 'Special Areas" which have a higher degree of both importance to the Active Transportation network and complexity in terms of prefered design solutions. As we review these areas, we will present some more detailed solutions for these areas to better connect with the overall network.
Policies, Programs and Culture
We will provide policy guidance to the City to ensure that active transportation is routinely considered in all decisions in Sault Ste. Marie. We will also identify opportunities for the City to partner with organizations and external groups to create a stronger culture of activity in the City, helping to give more people an opportunity toi integrate active travel into their daily routine.
We will identify the priorities for implementation for the Plan based on community feedback, City input, capital works forecasts and the prefered active transportation network. We will create a monitoring and reporting plan that will provide residents with a tool to assess how the City is doing with regards to progress on the Plan, helping to build accountability and trust in the process.
Reporting back and closing the loop
We will wrap up the project with a summary of how feedback was incorporated into the Plan, how the Plan came together and what types of actions the community can expect to see in the future. We will finalize the document with a presentation to City Council, where the goal is for the Plan to be approved and adopted.