Transportation is a fundamental part of our community. It affects nearly every part of our lives. It’s how we shop, commute, visit friends and family, get to school, and get the supplies our businesses need to produce and sell their goods. It impacts safety in front of our homes, our ability to exercise outdoors, and climate change. It’s also an area where we spend many millions of dollars every year.
The City of Peterborough is currently undertaking a new Transportation Master Plan. This an opportunity to take a closer look at our priorities. Not just the opportunities for the municipality, but for ourselves. This isn’t about wishful thinking, but setting concrete goals and objectives that will guide City spending for years to come.
Peterborough is growing and some parts of our transportation network are feeling the strain. But solving congestion and wear-and-tear issues isn’t just about expanding our road networks.
At the core of the plan is the balance between different forms of transportation, including passenger cars, buses, bicycles and pedestrians.
The vision statement reads:
"As the City grows, Peterborough’s transportation network will be enhanced to create a low emissions, responsive system where people of all ages and abilities can move safely, sustainably and
efficiently, no matter how they choose to travel, today and in the future."
The objectives council set
out for the Transportation Master Plan are:
Continually improve travel choices for people and goods by providing an
increased number of
reliable, equitable, and
accessible options that support the health and well-being of our growing community.
Plan the transportation
network to support the growth of vibrant
communities in the region.
Improve safety of
transportation systems for all users. Ensure that
enhance equity and
accessibility by expanding access to jobs, services and
amenities regardless of age, ability or travel choice.
Climate Mitigation &
Protect against negative impacts to the natural environment and reduce vehicle emissions to achieve Council’s Climate Change targets.
Economic & Financial
Enhance access to jobs, services and amenities to support a more resilient regional economy. Invest strategically in new capital projects that will provide long-term benefit to the City, while ensuring that existing assets are maintained and supported.
Shifting people from cars to alternative transportation
can have some huge
benefits for community health and safety, reducing
our impact on climate
change, and less spending on expensive road networks.
But this only works if the right investments are made that make people want to choose options other than their car.
Transportation is a topic that brings out some strong opinions. We’ve seen the debates over new roads, bridges, bicycle lanes, street parking, busing, and street widening. The Transportation Master Plan will help guide this and future councils on how they make those
The City of Peterborough is currently looking for your input through an online survey available until Oct. 8. This is an opportunity to take a look at how you
interact with your
community, how you would like to do so in the future, and provide your
perspective on your