Summerland holds open house on active transportation

Summerland holds open house on active transportation

Dec. 6 meeting considers plans on trails, cycling network and sidewalks in the community

The municipality will hold an open house on Dec. 6 on three new recreation plans.

The drop-in open house will be held at the Summerland Arena Banquet Room from 5 to 7 p.m.

The municipality is developing its trails master plan, cycling network plan and sidewalks master plan. The open house will present the draft plans and collect feedback and input from the community.

The goal of all three plans is the promotion of active transportation for both recreation and commuting purposes.

Active transportation includes any form of human-powered transportation.

While walking and cycling are the most popular forms of active transportation,t he definition also includes the use of a wheelchair, stroller, mobility aid and other forms of human-powered transportation.

“Transportation decisions affect our community’s health, environment and economy, said Mayor Toni Boot. “The cycling, trails and sidewalk master plans will identify opportunities for the district to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work towards a more sustainable transportation system that reduces traffic congestion and encourages residents and visitors to choose active modes of transportation.”

The three plans are expected to be completed by January.

The materials and an online survey will also be available online at on Dec. 6. The survey will be open until Dec. 13.