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What is mobility in our cities?

From public transit to walkable streets, when it comes down to it mobility is about people first.
People walk and cycle along the Atlanta Beltline trail.

Published on March 12, 2018

Our programs at Evergreen make mobility a focus because it is a key ingredient to creating a thriving city life.

Transportation is huge. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed with the vastness of transportation: the city streets and how they connect, the highways and how they funnel people and goods into the city, and our public transit and how it runs, how much it costs — the list goes on and on.

But when you put people’s needs first, it becomes simple. It becomes about mobility.

Mobility is the movement of people between where they live, work and play, and the movement of the goods that help them in all aspects of their lives.

As we work to build flourishing cities, here’s what we imagine for the future of mobility in our cities across Canada.

Mobility definition.
Mobility is …

Accessible to everyone – Everyone should have access to multi-modal transportation options that get them where they need to go. Being accessible means systems are easy to navigate, affordable and can be used by people with different mobility levels and age groups. Often our most vulnerable communities have the fewest mobility choices, so our system must be planned and operated in a way that serves those communities best.

Safe and integrated – Whether you are walking, cycling, driving or using public transit, our system must be designed in a way that ensures the safety of all users. At Evergreen, our active transportation programs are designed to build the skills needed for cyclists to be confident in their ability to ride throughout the city, and our public policy work champions the building and maintaining of a complete system that enables communities to safely get where they need to go.

Regionally-connected -- Our population is growing exponentially, with 150,000 people expected to land in the Greater Golden Horseshoe every year for the next 30 years. It is more important than ever for people to be able to travel throughout regions. With Canada’s mid-sized cities growing and changing, people will have to move more easily across, and between, new and emerging urban centres.

Sustainable – Our transportation system is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gases, attributing to 24 per cent of total national emissions. We envision a shift away from single-occupancy vehicles to holistic networks of public transit, regional rail, buses, ride-sharing and active transportation. This is also largely where the transportation of goods come into play. The way we move food, fuel and other items must be done in a way that is for the betterment of our cities and its people.

Highway 7 transformation shown with bike lanes and transit lines.

As more and more people move into our cities, it’s important we make mobility a priority. Establishing a mobility system that encompasses all these needs will make our cities a better place for all.  

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