Have your Say Today in Trail’s Active Transportation Plan

It is time for you to share your opinion by completing Trail’s Active Transportation Survey!

The City of Trail is seeking input from residents on how best to create an Active Transportation Plan utilizing the grant received from the B.C. Active Infrastructure Program. The City plans to match the $41,125 grant and your input in developing the plan is important to the future of Trail.

What is Active Transportation?

Active Transportation is the means by which you use to get around the Trail community. This includes walking, running, biking, and using public transportation. Active Transportation makes it possible for us to increase our physical and mental well-being, makes our community more livable, and reduces climate impacts like flooding and wildfire. Direct benefits of this are seen by improving local air quality, reducing the risk of injury by lowering traffic speeds, traffic calming and making transportation networks safer for pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and drivers. 

We Worked Together to Identify the Transportation Needs of the Trail Community

Over the last couple of months we interviewed nearly 100 low income families within the area. These families indicated that they would like to have the ability to access the community and services more easily, but there’s a lack of reliable public transportation. This is especially true during evenings and weekends, making it difficult for folks to get to church on Sunday, or to run their errands. Of those we interviewed, 87% agreed that more trails, routes for walking, and transit routes, should be added. Inaccessible transportation makes it challenging for folks to meet their basic needs. 

Here’s What Members of the Trail Community are Asking For

  • Active transportation routes that are accessible and safely connect to public transportation hubs, bus stops, carsharing, and electric vehicle charging hubs, to allow residents to get safely to communities surrounding Trail, like Warfield, Montrose, and other neighboring communities.
  • The top three priority routes are from Waneta to Glenmerry, Gulch to East Trail, and Tadanac to Downtown. These routes are priority because of their current conditions. There is limited space for pedestrians and cyclists, heavy highway traffic, little visibility at night, and limited bus service.
  • Although there has been progress with the pedestrian bridges there’s an opportunity to create more routes to and from the bridge to draw more tourists and more active transportation users. 
  • Improving Trail’s active transportation infrastructure will allow for people of all ages and abilities to be able to maneuver freely throughout Trail and the connecting communities.
  • Improving the active transportation infrastructure can create opportunities for future programs such as an E-bike program, bike rentals, and the creation of grants and bursaries for low-income residents to purchase bikes, scooters, and rollerblades to better access the community.

Give your opinion by February 22 and share your thoughts on how to make Trail a more livable and accessible city for all residents!