Planning & Development Council Agenda (July 10th)

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Advance Notice

Upcoming ATMP Update Release and Town Council Vote

Currently the ATMP Update is scheduled to be released on June 30, 2017.  Council is due to Vote on July 10, 2017.  This will Guide Staff's plans for the next 5-10 years.

For links to the 2009 ATMP Master Plan and ATMP Update look at this page on the Town's Website

Click  the October 13, 2016 link to the Public Information Presentation Material (link also below) for a rough draft of what is proposed -the final proposal to be released June 30, 2017.

You will see what is proposed on Page 13.  While the Map looks impressive you will quickly realize that by comparing it with Page 10 almost all of the infrastructure proposed for the next 10 years is Sharrows or Signed Routes.  The list of Priority Projects (Top Left Page 13) is being pared back to only be 8 projects and all of them Sharrows.  See this link for a University of Colorado Study refuting the Safety of Sharrows

Basically there are no plans to install any safe infrastructure in the next 10 years and it appears the Town is trying to Minimize the expenditure on Cycling.

According to a SharetheRoad survey of Ontario's General Population - if you assume Oakville's cycling participation is no worse than the Provincial Average (based on the cycling traffic on Lakeshore on the weekend/or on Weekday mornings - we would guess it's a lot higher) more People in Oakville  will ride a bike on any given day than take Oakville Transit.

We support Transit - however looking at the towns 10 year Oakville Transit planned expenditure of approximately $500 million and with cycling apparently slated to be less than the $3 million spent in the past 8 years we have to ask why is cycling being so short changed? It is a major focus of the Provincial and Regional Green transportation plans and yet In Oakville - one of the Potential Premier spots in Ontario for Cycling Transportation, Recreation and Tourism it's virtually ignored.

Join us in urging council to reject the 2009 ATMP Update on July 10, 2017 - it's time for a new cycling plan with real goals and sufficient long term funding.