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Council to consider the future of how we move in Red Deer

July 6, 2017 10:57 AM
(Red Deer, Alberta)

Whether you drive, walk, cycle or take transit, we all travel in Red Deer, and on Monday City Council will debate a plan that sets the stage for the future of how citizens move in Red Deer.

Moving Red Deer Forward, The City’s new multimodal transportation plan, is the result of The City’s past work on multimodal transportation, including the Mobility Playbook, and is the foundation for how the transportation network will be improved today, tomorrow and in the future. With a strong focus on data collection, including a new evaluation tool, the multimodal transportation plan will enable The City to plan, prioritize and evaluate transportation projects in a coordinated way and bring them forward for approval and public consultation through our budget process.

“This plan is about providing choice for citizens when it comes to transportation,” said Tara Lodewyk, Director of Planning Service. “It’s not about making all modes equal: it’s about improving the safety, quality, comfort and connection of each mode.” 

To measure and evaluate quality, comfort, safety and connection, we developed a new tool called the Multimodal Transportation Index (MTI), which enables us to measure and evaluate the walking, cycling and transit experience based on this criteria. Similar to a tool we use to measure and evaluate pavement quality when identifying areas for improvement in our road network, the MTI will be used to evaluate and identify gaps in our trails, sidewalk, cycling and transit network.

“The MTI gives us the data we need to make informed decisions about the transportation network,” said Lodewyk. “We’ll also focus on priority routes, take advantage of existing infrastructure when possible and build strong community engagement into appropriate projects, all of which will help to ensure we build a balanced network.”

For more information about Moving Red Deer Forward, visit www.reddeer.ca/movingforward

For more information, please contact:

Tara Lodewyk
Director of Planning Services
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8195 

Communications and Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer
403-342-8147

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