The Smart Commute movement
Vito Spatafora Richmond Hill Deputy Mayor
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