South Kootenay Green Link Active Transportation Plan

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The South Kootenay Green Link: Connecting Communities, Promoting Healthy Living, and Fostering Environmental Sustainability


Project Background

The South Kootenay region, celebrated for cultivating both professional and recreational sports enthusiasts, is setting its sights on a new, ambitious initiative - the South Kootenay Green Link Active Transportation Plan (ATP). With a $50,000 grant from BC's Active Transportation Network Planning program, matched by funds from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB), we are poised to create a comprehensive, accessible, multi-use active transportation connection between Rossland and Fruitvale.


Plan Process

Objective

The South Kootenay Green Link ATP will establish an integrated active transportation corridor that promotes sustainable and healthy modes of travel. The project will address the need for safe, interconnected routes for cyclists, pedestrians, and other active transportation users. It will tackle the region's unique challenges, such as varying elevations and routes adjacent to highways. By focusing on inclusivity and adhering to best practices from the BC Active Transportation Design Guide, the ATP seeks to make active transportation a practical and attractive choice for all residents.


Safety and Challenges

Despite the natural beauty and opportunities for outdoor activities in the region, there is a lack of interconnected, safe, and accessible routes for cyclists, pedestrians and other active transportation users. This hinders the ability of residents to adopt more sustainable modes of transportation, leading to increased car usage, environmental impact, and missed opportunities for health and well-being. The region presents unique challenges for active transportation, including varying elevations and direct routes adjacent to highways. The planning process will explore solutions to these issues.


Solution

The South Kootenay Green Link ATP aims to address these challenges by developing an All Ages and Abilities (AAA) active transportation corridor, guided by the BC Active Transportation Design Guide (2019). This Active Transportation connection will be comfortable, convenient, attractive, and safe for everyone, encouraging more residents to embrace active transportation and leading to a healthier, more environmentally conscious community.


Engagement and Feedback

The South Kootenay Green Link led by the Steering Committee, comprising of representatives from the involved communities and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, is committed to engaging stakeholders and the public throughout the process. Together, we can create a vibrant, connected, and sustainable active transportation network.


What is Active Transportation?

Active transportation, as defined in the BC Active Transportation Design Guide, includes any form of human-powered transportation, including walking, cycling, or rolling using a skateboard, in-line skates, wheelchair or other wheel-based forms of human-powered transportation.




JOIN THE CONVERSATION - SHAPE THE FUTURE OF ACTIVE TRANSPORTATION IN SOUTH KOOTENAY

The South Kootenay Green Link: Connecting Communities, Promoting Healthy Living, and Fostering Environmental Sustainability


Project Background

The South Kootenay region, celebrated for cultivating both professional and recreational sports enthusiasts, is setting its sights on a new, ambitious initiative - the South Kootenay Green Link Active Transportation Plan (ATP). With a $50,000 grant from BC's Active Transportation Network Planning program, matched by funds from the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB), we are poised to create a comprehensive, accessible, multi-use active transportation connection between Rossland and Fruitvale.


Plan Process

Objective

The South Kootenay Green Link ATP will establish an integrated active transportation corridor that promotes sustainable and healthy modes of travel. The project will address the need for safe, interconnected routes for cyclists, pedestrians, and other active transportation users. It will tackle the region's unique challenges, such as varying elevations and routes adjacent to highways. By focusing on inclusivity and adhering to best practices from the BC Active Transportation Design Guide, the ATP seeks to make active transportation a practical and attractive choice for all residents.


Safety and Challenges

Despite the natural beauty and opportunities for outdoor activities in the region, there is a lack of interconnected, safe, and accessible routes for cyclists, pedestrians and other active transportation users. This hinders the ability of residents to adopt more sustainable modes of transportation, leading to increased car usage, environmental impact, and missed opportunities for health and well-being. The region presents unique challenges for active transportation, including varying elevations and direct routes adjacent to highways. The planning process will explore solutions to these issues.


Solution

The South Kootenay Green Link ATP aims to address these challenges by developing an All Ages and Abilities (AAA) active transportation corridor, guided by the BC Active Transportation Design Guide (2019). This Active Transportation connection will be comfortable, convenient, attractive, and safe for everyone, encouraging more residents to embrace active transportation and leading to a healthier, more environmentally conscious community.


Engagement and Feedback

The South Kootenay Green Link led by the Steering Committee, comprising of representatives from the involved communities and the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, is committed to engaging stakeholders and the public throughout the process. Together, we can create a vibrant, connected, and sustainable active transportation network.


What is Active Transportation?

Active transportation, as defined in the BC Active Transportation Design Guide, includes any form of human-powered transportation, including walking, cycling, or rolling using a skateboard, in-line skates, wheelchair or other wheel-based forms of human-powered transportation.



  • Survey 2 - South Kootenay Green Link Active Transportation Plan: We Need Your Input!

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    Thank you for sharing all your feedback in the first round of engagement last year! If you have not already, please check out the Round 1 Engagement What We Heard Report to see how your feedback was summarized.

    We have created preferred routing maps and proposed active transportation facility options for the South Kootenay Green Link Active Transportation Plan that now require your input. Please take some time to review the information package provided and take our survey to tell us what you think about the proposed active transportation improvements.

  • Project Update - May 2024

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    Phases 1 and 2 of the planning process are now complete and we are currently working towards the end of phase 3 with public survey #2 that will go live in the coming month.

    Two reports were produced as part of this project's first two phases, including the South Kootenay Green Link Baseline Conditions Report and the Round 1 Engagement What We Heard Report.

    The Baseline Conditions Report provides an in-depth analysis of existing conditions to guide the SKGL plan. It reviewed the area's community profile, covering transportation mode share and demographic trends; and assessed land use, key destinations, and future growth areas. The report detailed an existing network analysis that highlighted underserved desire lines and mapped out road classifications, as well as existing and future active transportation infrastructure. Additionally, it outlined the policy and planning context, provided initial route segment alignments for stakeholder feedback, and included the results from the Steering Committee Workshop #1 along with a preliminary list of criteria for route selection.

    The What We Heard Report provides results from the first round of engagement, including the key takeaways to improve active transportation in the area. It highlights what we heard from all of the engagement activities completed to date, including the ideas fair, the first online survey, an interactive mapping activity, and interviews with key audiences.

    Thank you again to everyone who has provided feedback so far!

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