914Re: WorldTransport Forum FW: your nominations for small/medium sized cities showing outstanding accomplishments
- Nov 4, 2008Hi: Meant to send this earlier especially when I saw that you were not
seeing any Canadian cities in the first list of suggestions.
My thought (self-serving as it is) is the Region of Waterloo in Ontario,
Canada. We would fit into the medium category - our urban population (3
cities in a continuous urban area) is about 450.000 with the Region overall
at about 500,000 - so I think we still fit your definition. A lot of growth
is projected in next few decades but there is strong political will to be
implementing things now that do not lead to sprawl from that growth. It is
an area with a still healthy outlook even with the economic shift that is
happening - we have a high manufacturing base (with more auto manufacturing
than most realize) but with a shift to high tech - led by the local
universities and firms such as RIM (maker of the Blackberry).
Our efforts over the last few years have shown a real direction of looking
at sustainable transportation approaches. I think we have a lot to learn
from other places (that's why I follow the various notices you and others
send out) but the more we've seen what is going on in North America, the
more I see us as doing a relatively good job. While some of these are plans
rather than in the ground measures, they are translating to actual actions
and results now - I've listed some of those as well. These would include:
- Regional Growth Management Strategy - centred on the concept of
containing growth in a more compact urban form and includes ideas such as a
firm countryside line where urban growth boundaries are established and new
growth is planned to be contained within
- new Regional Official Plan - designed to put the growth strategy into
- Rapid Transit environmental assessment - the consensus is that the growth
that will occur is not possible if we keep relying on automobiles to get
around the area and the only way to effectively move people without
automobiles is to enhance our transit system with BRT or LRT through our
main cores. This process is identifying not only technology but also how we
can design the areas around new transit stations to actually make them
- Regional Transportation Master Plan - the update that is going on now is
being led by people who want to put more of an emphasis on policies that
will encourage non-automobile travel for trips. Policies and practices are
leaning that way - extensive cycling networks being added with two staff
dedicated to TDM measures
- Our transit planning staff (and overall transportation planning staff)
are located in the planning department to facilitate a connection between
land use development and improved transit services - this has led to the
ability to make development changes to enhance walking, cycling and transit
as buildings are built. We've had positive results in having transit
terminals included in developments, having developers include transit
facilities and shelters with their projects and adding sidewalk links to
enhance transit access.
- Results have been positive with such things as a 68% growth in transit
ridership since the Region took over transit in 2000 (under the name Grand
River Transit) - we've enhanced our services through many programs
including being a national showcase for greenhouse gas emission reduction
as well as adding new technologies and programs to encourage transit use.
- We are the leading installer of roundabouts in Canada with one of the
rationales being a more efficient system that reduces idling.
Not sure where you are fully going with this but if you think the things
I'm suggesting have merit and fit what you are trying to demonstrate, I can
put together some more details of actions we are taking as well as contact
some of my colleagues here to provide further information.
Supervisor, Transit Development
Planning, Housing & Community Services Department
Regional Municipality Of Waterloo
150 Frederick St., 8th Floor
Kitchener, ON, N2G 4J3
Phone: (519) 575-4022 Fax: (519) 575-4449
GRAND RIVER TRANSIT - easyGO!
Sent by: <NewMobilityCafe@yahoogroups.com>,
07/10/2008 09:22 WorldTransport Forum FW: your
AM nominations for small/medium sized
cities showing outstanding
Please respond to
* * * Kindly share this posting with your lists and colleagues. Thank you. Eric Britton
Can you take a minute to share with us your nominations for small/medium sized cities showing
outstanding accomplishments in moving to sustainable mobility and sustainable lives? Showing the
way for other cities in need anywhere in the world.
· Medium-sized = let’s say, less than 500,000 people. Small: less than 100,000.
· Europe, North and Latin America, Asia Pacific, and please if anything at all: Africa
and the Middle East.
We need real examples, of projects and progress – not promises and plans. And we need to be able
to draw up short fact-based profiles, of each with URLs, citations, references and other
checkable indictors of accomplishment.
In a first instance though, just the city name, perhaps a URL and some quick indication of why
you think they just might be an example for our plundered planet.
We are losing, and losing big, the war on sustainable development and social justice. But if we
can keep putting forth telling examples to give courage and show the way, that is already a
Thanks for your good ideas,
PS. Look at today’s map of people coming into the New Mobility Agenda café. Kind of what you
might expect I am afraid. But what about those great swaths of virgin white running left to right
starting in Africa and spreading though virtually all of the Middle East and on through the
countries of the former Soviet Union. Hmm.
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