Walk 'n' Roll Kingston
Walk 'n' Roll Kingston will be the City of Kingston's master plan to encourage active transportation as a way to support health, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save money.
According to the Kingston Transportation Master Plan (updated in 2015), the existing active transportation mode share is 14 per cent (13 per cent walking and 1 per cent cycling). However, almost 40 per cent of residents live within 5 km of their work places. The Walk 'n' Roll Kingston plan will be aimed at achieving the target of a 20 per cent active-transportation mode share for peak travel times by 2034 as directed by council.
What is an Active Transportation Master Plan?
The purpose of Kingston's Active Transportation Master Plan – to be known as the Walk 'n' Roll Kingston plan – is to develop a comprehensive active transportation network supported by policies, program and facilities designed to increase active travel options and improve accessibility in Kingston.
Between 2008 and 2015 approximately 131 km of cycling infrastructure has been added to City roads. To encourage more walking trips, approximately 74 km of new sidewalks have been installed along with more than 50 street benches. Walk 'n' Roll Kingston will identify the City's future efforts to support and encourage walkers and cyclists.
In January, Kingston received a Walk-friendly designation from Canada Walks an initiative of the Department of Green Communities Canada.
Kingston also won Bike-Friendly Community Bronze recognition from the Share the Road Cycling Coalition in 2012 for investing in its cycling infrastructure.