The Smart Com­mute move­ment

Vito Spatafora Rich­mond Hill Deputy Mayor

Thornhill Post - - News -

Smart Com­mute Markham, Rich­mond Hill is celebrating its 10th an­nual Bike Week. Cy­cling and walk­ing are ef­fi­cient, af­ford­able, healthy and en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly modes of travel. Within ur­ban com­mu­ni­ties con­gested with traf­fic, cy­cling is the fastest method of door-to-door travel for short­dis­tance trips.

Rich­mond Hill has part­nered with Smart Com­mute (a trans­porta­tion man­age­ment as­so­ci­a­tion) to demon­strate that com­muter cy­cling is vi­able on its own or in tan­dem with pub­lic tran­sit. Over the past 10 years, Rich­mond Hill has part­nered with York Re­gion to in­crease cy­cling in­fra­struc­ture with safe, con­ve­nient and con­tin­u­ous on- and off-road cy­cling fa­cil­i­ties as part of their Pedes­trian and Cy­cling Master Plan (PCMP).

Re­cently, Rich­mond Hill be­gan con­struc­tion on Les­lie Street for the town’s por­tion of the Lake to Lake cy­cling route and walk­ing trail with the fund­ing as­sis­tance of the pro­vin­cial Cy­cleON strat­egy and York Re­gion’s PCMP. Rich­mond Hill is also en­cour­ag­ing builders to pro­vide connections and ameni­ties, such as bike lock­ers for cy­clists, with their de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions.

Cy­cling and walk­ing are in­creas­ingly con­sid­ered ac­tive trans­porta­tion modes, which will re­duce traf­fic con­ges­tion, im­prove the en­vi­ron­ment and sup­port a health­ier life­style. Smart Com­mute’s on­go­ing ef­forts to raise pub­lic aware­ness of trans­porta­tion op­tions with events, like Bike to Work Day, and car­pool­ing con­trib­ute to peo­ple mak­ing a cul­tural shift. Join the cy­cling move­ment to­ward health­ier liv­ing!

Deputy Mayor Vito Spatafora with his grand­chil­dren David and Jo­hanna

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