The City of Colwood created a Transportation Master Plan to improve how community members and visitors travel in and through our city - whether they are driving, walking, biking or using transit. The plan will address more than the way people move around Colwood. It will bring about refreshing changes in Colwood, improving quality of life and sustainability - goals outlined in our Official Community Plan.
Colwood's transportation networks will become a platform for building vibrant neighbourhoods, creating enjoyable streets and trails and supporting economic development.
Citizens participated in the process to help develop a 'made in Colwood' strategy that considers your needs as a community member and meets the overall transportation requirements of our City.
Including the latest developments
The date to finalize the transportation plan has been adjusted based on recent news about the sale of the large development site at Colwood Corners, which will have a major bearing on how our City grows. It is critical that our transportation plan incorporates the new vision for this extensive site in the heart of our City. The new developer is expected to be in place by January, 2015 and the City will be working closely with their team and engaging Colwood residents and businesses to ensure our transportation plan includes a comprehensive vision for our City centre.
The Colwood Open House - What's the plan for your street? on April 23, 2014 was well attended. Hearing what kinds of streets, sidewalks, trails and transit options members of the Colwood community want is critical to the success of this plan. Residents and partners have been invited to provide input through surveys, public open houses and on twitter and facebook. Please use our feedback form if you would like to share your ideas.
Why a Transportation Refresh now?
We need to address traffic congestion, which has grown significantly in our region as mostly single occupancy vehicles carry commuters from Colwood and neighbouring communities into Victoria and back again. This congestion is forecast to grow as Colwood and neighbouring communities grow rapidly over the next 20 years.
The City also recognizes that our pedestrian and cycling networks could better connect residents to transit, recreation facilities, shopping, workplaces and schools.
By making it easier for those who want to get around using means other than private vehicles, Colwood's Transportation Refresh will help our City reach its goal to reduce transportation related greenhouse gas (CO2) emissions 33% by 2020. Promoting walking and cycling will also increase overall community health.
A key objective of the plan will be to balance the local needs of residents with the demands of regional traffic. Colwood's Transportation Refresh will look closely at the City's existing transportation system and how it can be integrated with other regional transportation plans like the Capital Regional District's (CRD) Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan, BC Transit's Transit Future Plan and the plans of neighbouring municipalities.