Petawawa creating active transportation plan
Sean Chase/Daily Observer Once the snow melts and it is completely developed, the Algonquin Trail could attract commuter cycling taking some vehicles off of Petawawa Boulevard (seen at left). The town is working on an active transportation plan with support from the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program.
PETAWAWA – Council will be contracting consultants to create an active transportation plan as part of a grant from the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program (OMCC).
The $19,970 tender was awarded Monday night to the firm WSP. In December, the town received news that their application had been approved by OMCC and Petawawa would be receiving a grant amount of $90,077.66 through the program for eligible projects in 2018.
The province created the program to target greenhouse gas emissions created by transportation. To that end, the provincial government is hoping to reduce greenhouse emissions by encouraging people to get out of their cars and onto bikes and transit for their daily commute and other frequent trips.
Mayor Bob Sweet said the backbone of active transportation in Petawawa will be the Algonquin Trail, which is part of the much larger Ottawa Valley Recreation Trail (OVRT) which stretches over 296 kilometres from Smiths Falls to the Town of Mattawa.
“We are looking forward to seeing what the plan looks like and what the recommendations are going forward for development of a trail that will include that commuter cycling portion,” said Sweet.
Being an active community, the mayor believes more cycling routes could reduce traffic to and from Garrison Petawawa. He hopes they divert traffic from Petawawa Boulevard with a cycling route that runs straight through the town via the Algonquin Trail, once it is fully built.
“We’ll start from the centre of the town go east and west until we have it to the point where it can be utilized by all the residents of the community,” noted Sweet.
In addition to the active transportation plan, the town will use the grant’s funding to install a four-metre wide asphalt pathway from Town Centre Boulevard to Murphy Road, at an estimated cost of $80,000. Council will be seeking the continuation of the grading of the original Canadian Pacific rail bed and place and compact limestone screenings from Town Centre Boulevard to Airport Road, at an estimated cost of $126,000.