North Cowichan’s draft Master Transportation Plan needs your input

(North Cowichan, BC) – North Cowichan’s Master Transportation Plan (MTP) will provide long-term direction and guide all decisions related to the Municipality’s transportation network over the next 30 years. The project began last year and is nearing completion but before the draft plan is finalized, community input is needed on the draft vision, goals, and recommendations. A survey is available now until Sunday, August 14.

During the first phase of the project, residents and stakeholders provided feedback on current and existing conditions of North Cowichan’s transportation network, and shared their values and priorities related to transportation. From the travel survey, we learned that 84% of residents own a vehicle, 5% of those vehicles are electric, 58% own a bicycle and 6% of those are electric, 25% regularly travel outside North Cowichan, and the average travel distance is per trip is 11.24 kilometres. It was also found that 48% of existing vehicle trips were short and could be done by walking or biking.

The draft recommendations include targets to reduce future vehicle travel, and the updated MTP will help guide future planning and projects to improve infrastructure to meet these goals.

The survey is open now for all North Cowichan residents at www.ConnectNorthCowichan.ca/MTP. Feedback heard through the survey will help prioritize the transportation network and infrastructure improvements and will inform the final list of recommendations in the plan. A full draft of the plan will be available later this fall.

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Media Contact:         
Dave Preikshot, Acting Director, Engineering Projects
Municipality of North Cowichan
250-746-3103
dave.preikshot@northcowichan.ca