Active Transportation Network Plan

The Comox Valley Regional District is launching its first ever Active Transportation Network Plan! The Plan will identify priority areas and routes for investment in active transportation infrastructure - helping us to MOVE like a Region!

The development of this Active Transportation Network Plan will support Move. Commute. Connect., B.C.’s strategy for cleaner, more active transportation. The CVRD received funding for this project from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and would like to thank the Province for this support.

Purpose and Goals

Active transportation includes:

  • Walking (including people walking with service dogs, people jogging, and people using mobility devices such as wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers)
  • Cycling (including the use of pedal assist e-bikes, bicycle trailers, etc.)
  • Rolling (skateboarding, in-line skating)
  • Other emerging modes such as electric unicycles or other personal mobility technologies;
  • And can include winter and water focused travel such as snowshoeing and kayaking (however these are not a main focus of this network plan).

Active transportation has many advantages over vehicle travel—such as improved health, lesser environmental footprint, greater affordability, and social benefits on both a personal and community level. It can take many forms and is continually evolving as new technologies emerge.

A key goal of the plan is to improve connections between municipal areas and rural areas in order to create opportunities that will encourage residents to use active transportation on their daily trips - to work, to school, to shop, and to recreation. The plan will therefore identify connections among the CVRD’s Core Settlement Areas – being the municipalities, the rural settlement nodes (Union Bay, Saratoga, Mt. Washington), and K'omoks First Nation lands.

Another key goal of the Active Transportation Network Plan is to ensure safe and accessible transportation options are available and accessible for all residents regardless of age, ability, or income to improve safety, and reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions throughout the region.

Connection to other projects

In addition, the CVRD is working towards a qualitative assessment of regional poverty and conversations with those who are impacted most to develop an action plan that seeks to reduce poverty in the Comox Valley by 25% over the next four years. It will support the Province's TogetherBC Poverty Reduction Strategy and will focus on regional actions and will include an emphasis on multi-modal transportation among other poverty reduction actions. These project teams are working closely to ensure all input related to transportation options are recorded and well-understood. To learn more visit Poverty Reduction Strategy.

The Comox Valley Regional District is launching its first ever Active Transportation Network Plan! The Plan will identify priority areas and routes for investment in active transportation infrastructure - helping us to MOVE like a Region!

The development of this Active Transportation Network Plan will support Move. Commute. Connect., B.C.’s strategy for cleaner, more active transportation. The CVRD received funding for this project from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure and would like to thank the Province for this support.

Purpose and Goals

Active transportation includes:

  • Walking (including people walking with service dogs, people jogging, and people using mobility devices such as wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers)
  • Cycling (including the use of pedal assist e-bikes, bicycle trailers, etc.)
  • Rolling (skateboarding, in-line skating)
  • Other emerging modes such as electric unicycles or other personal mobility technologies;
  • And can include winter and water focused travel such as snowshoeing and kayaking (however these are not a main focus of this network plan).

Active transportation has many advantages over vehicle travel—such as improved health, lesser environmental footprint, greater affordability, and social benefits on both a personal and community level. It can take many forms and is continually evolving as new technologies emerge.

A key goal of the plan is to improve connections between municipal areas and rural areas in order to create opportunities that will encourage residents to use active transportation on their daily trips - to work, to school, to shop, and to recreation. The plan will therefore identify connections among the CVRD’s Core Settlement Areas – being the municipalities, the rural settlement nodes (Union Bay, Saratoga, Mt. Washington), and K'omoks First Nation lands.

Another key goal of the Active Transportation Network Plan is to ensure safe and accessible transportation options are available and accessible for all residents regardless of age, ability, or income to improve safety, and reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions throughout the region.

Connection to other projects

In addition, the CVRD is working towards a qualitative assessment of regional poverty and conversations with those who are impacted most to develop an action plan that seeks to reduce poverty in the Comox Valley by 25% over the next four years. It will support the Province's TogetherBC Poverty Reduction Strategy and will focus on regional actions and will include an emphasis on multi-modal transportation among other poverty reduction actions. These project teams are working closely to ensure all input related to transportation options are recorded and well-understood. To learn more visit Poverty Reduction Strategy.

  • Next Steps for the Active Transportation Network Plan

    26 Mar 2021

    Thank you to those who have participated in the engagement process. We appreciate your input and your help in shaping the future active transportation in the region.

    The draft Active Transportation Network Plan will be posted to this project webpage for a public review period following further discussions with potential project partners next month.

  • Progress on the Active Transportation Network Plan

    05 Mar 2021

    The Comox Valley Active Transportation Network Plan is moving forward!

    We have completed two working papers summarizing the work done to date, the first on the community's characteristics and existing active transportation conditions and the second on initial engagement activities and the Plan's framework. These working papers will provide the foundation for the final Active Transportation Network Plan.

    If you're interested in learning more about the project's progress, please see the Background and Update Reports tab on the right of this page!

  • Get Involved

    26 Jan 2021
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    Engagement...at a safe distance

    With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and need for physical distancing, engagement activities are primarily being held virtually through online surveys, webinars, and social media dialogue.

    Opportunities: write it, speak it, share it!

    The Active Transportation Network survey is now closed. See Working Paper no. 2 under the Background and Update Reports tab, which includes a summary of what we heard.


    Virtual Open Houses - Round One & Two - NOW COMPLETE

    Thanks to everyone who joined us for our four virtual open houses. We appreciate your time and input!

    For those who were not able to attend, there will be a public review period on the draft plan (see below), so join us then and share your ideas!


    Online Review Period

    Thank you to those who have participated in the engagement process. We appreciate your input and your help in shaping the future active transportation in the region.

    The draft Active Transportation Network Plan will be posted to this project webpage for a public review period following further discussions with potential project partners next month.

  • Project Background

    26 Jan 2021
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    The Active Transportation Network Plan will directly work towards three of the CVRD’s Regional Growth Strategy Goals as shown below. The CVRD’s Regional Growth Strategy (RGS) is a shared vision for managing growth and community impacts throughout the region. You can find the Regional Growth Strategy here.


    Goal 4: Transportation

    To develop an accessible, efficient and affordable multi-modal transportation network that connects Core Settlement Areas and designated Town Centres, and links the Comox Valley to neighbouring communities and regions.

    Goal 4 is the foundational piece behind the plan, and outlines connections between specific areas within the Comox Valley that should be prioritized. The goal is to build a transportation network that is accommodating of all transportation types and abilities, and is convenient and effective. Related RGS objectives to this goal that the ATNP will work toward include:

    • Objective 4-B: Improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure to increase the use of active transportation options
    • Objective 4-C: Develop and maintain an interregional transportation system that efficiently and safely facilitates the movement of people and goods.


    Goal 7: Public Health and Safety

    To support a high quality of life through the protection and enhancement of community health, safety and well-being.

    The scope of Goal 7 goes beyond transportation; however, a well-designed multi-modal transportation plan increases public health and safety in several different ways. By making it easier for people to do their daily errands or community by walking, cycling, or taking public transit, people will walk more, get more fresh air, and be more active and ensure a network that is available for everyone regardless of age or ability. Related RGS objectives to this goal that the ATNP will work toward include:

    • Objective 7-A: Increase the number of pedestrians and cyclists in the Comox Valley.
    • Objective 7-B: Increase public education and awareness around the links between population health and land use planning.


    Goal 8: Climate Change

    Minimize regional greenhouse gas emission and plan for adaptation.

    Similar to the goal above, Goal 8 stretches beyond transportation by still includes it. A major contributor to the green house gas (GHG) emissions in the CVRD are the use of private vehicles. Travelling through human-powered means or taking public transportation decreased our climate footprint and ensures we are working towards a greener future in the Comox Valley. Related RGS objectives to this goal that the ATNP will work toward include:

    • Objective 8-B: Reduce GHG emissions created by the on-road transportation sector.
    • Objective 8-F: Plan for climate change adaptation


    Moreover, a key project within the CVRD’s 2020-2024 budget is the implementation of a multi-model integrated regional transportation agreement that is fiscally responsible, reflects the climate crisis, and fosters community partnerships. The development of this Active Transportation Network Plan will be the first step in coordinating the efforts of the regional district, its member municipalities, the K’omoks First Nation and other stakeholders and community groups.