Sep 4, 2013

COLWOOD, BC – One of Colwood’s key priorities is to develop an effective transportation network that will accommodate the area’s growing population. The City has selected Urban Systems to create a long-term transportation plan that will enhance Colwood’s livability, quality of life and economic diversity.

“Transportation touches every part of our daily lives – not only how we get around, but where we choose to live and work, how much we exercise, how much we interact with others in our community and how our City looks and feels,” said Colwood Mayor Carol Hamilton. “We envision a plan that connects the community with walking and biking trails, easy access to transit, effective roadways, streetscapes with trees, public art and other elements that will enhance the natural beauty of Colwood.”

Urban Systems has extensive experience developing transportation plans for communities including Nanaimo, Campbell River, Maple Ridge, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, City of Langley, and New Westminster. They are also familiar with our region, having worked on cycling, pedestrian and traffic movement plans for Esquimalt, BC Transit, the City of Victoria, the Capital Regional District, Saanich and Sidney.

The City understands that informing and involving the people who use the City's transportation routes is critical to the success of this plan. The Urban Systems proposal demonstrated the greatest understanding of this requirement. The creative consultation and engagement plan envisioned by Urban Systems includes public “coffee shop” events, keynote speakers, online surveys and public meetings as well as web and social media strategies to ensure that the Transportation plan will be highly visible, engaging and interactive.

The City of Colwood will keep the community informed about the project and ways to provide input through our web and social media sites, City newsletters and the local newspaper. Watch for opportunities to be involved and stay up-to-date on this project by visitinghttp://www.colwood.ca/city-services/engineering/transportation-planning.

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Media Contact:
Sandra Russell, Communications Manager
250-893-1595  |  srussell@colwood.ca