AT Resources and Tools

For Local Governments/Communities

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NEW : Active Transportation Planning Guide for Manitoba Municipalities

Increasingly, Manitoba’s municipalities are seeing the value in building and promoting local AT infrastructure to support recreation and commuting options for citizens and tourists. Many factors can affect the development of AT-friendly environments, especially land use, street design and infrastructure. Creating a comprehensive, viable AT network requires careful consideration of each factor.
Municipalities know best which neighbourhood and street designs facilitate AT in their communities.
Municipalities and planning authorities can support and promote AT in a number of ways:
  • Integrating policy statements into development plans to ensure all new development incorporates AT where appropriate;
  • Mapping the existing and planned AT network in your development plan;
  • Ensuring that appropriate AT facilities are incorporated in new subdivisions either in early consultations with developers or as a condition of subdivision approval (as supported by development plan policies and mapping);
  • Preparing secondary plans to map existing and planned AT networks and priorities for the municipality or a particular neighbourhood.
A variety of resources, tools and potential funding sources are available to Manitoba municipalities and planning districts to plan and build AT in local communities.

Getting Started
Municipal and Regional Land Use Planning
  • Active Transportation in Canada: A Resource and Planning Guide was developed by Transport Canada. It is aimed at planners and related professionals to support active transportation in current and long-range planning and development. It is a step-by-step planning guide to help design, implement and evaluate AT initiatives (ex: programs, projects, policies).
    • Section 1 introduces the guide and provides key terms.
    • Section 2 presents the value of AT from economic, environmental, community/liveability and public health perspectives.
    • Section 3 presents a history of AT across Canada, along with common trends and challenges across the provinces.
    • Section 4 describes the 10-step strategic planning approach to integrate AT with existing planning and development activities across all municipal departments.
    • Section 5 contains online tools and resources to guide AT planning and design, including the bike-ability and walk-ability measurement tools commonly used by AT professionals.
  • Provincial Planning Regulation The province’s new planning regulation serves as a guide to planning authorities who prepare, review and amend development plans. The regulation also has policies to promote and support land use patterns and development designs that cater to public transit users, cyclists, pedestrians and persons with disabilities.
    • Transportation Planning Resource Guide - The Provincial Planning Regulation outlines the provincial interest in transportation. This guide supports and expands on the transportation policies of the regulation to help local planning authorities create plans and policies, zone and designate land, and design development in ways that reflect the policies of the regulation. The guide is intended to be used by local planning authorities undertaking local and regional transportation planning as part of their development planning process, or overseeing a consultant hired to do a more complex plan, such as a transportation master plan.
  • Guidelines for the Construction of Recreational Trails on or in Proximity to a Departmental Road
Transportation demand management
Transportation Demand Management (TDM) is a general term for various strategies that increase transportation system efficiency. TDM treats mobility as a means to an end, rather than an end in itself. It emphasizes the movement of people and goods, rather than motor vehicles. It focusses on more efficient transportation modes (ex: walking, cycling, ride sharing, public transit, telecommuting), particularly during busy traffic times. It prioritizes travel, based on the value and cost of each trip. It gives higher-value trips and lower-cost modes priority over lower-value, higher-cost travel to overall system efficiency.


  • TDM Measurement Toolbox: A Guide for Canadian Municipalities - is a resource guide from Transport Canada that includes a TDM toolbox and a planning process for small, medium and large municipalities.
    • Section 1 contains an introduction to the guide.
    • Section 2 contains key terms and definitions for TDM.
    • Section 3 profiles the TDM toolbox of initiatives, such as bicycle parking facilities, pedestrian facilities and park-and-ride.
    • Section 4 contains the evaluation framework for TDM initiatives.
  • Improving Travel Options in Small and Rural Communities is a resource guide from Transport Canada to help practitioners (ex: engineers, planners, health professionals, economic development officials) improve travel options for residents of small and rural communities. This includes a range of actions that make personal transportation activities more sustainable (ex: encouraging drivers to use their cars more efficiently, or to leave their cars at home and walk, cycle, take transit or carpool instead). This guide considers a range of community factors that influence travel behaviour, including community location, demographics and existing land use patterns.
    • Section 1 contains an introduction to the guide.
    • Section 2 contains strategies for improving travels options for small and rural communities, such as land use planning, AT programs and facilities, public transit, ride sharing and efficient driving initiatives. Under each strategy a variety of methods are provided, including programs, policy, enhanced facilities and education/awareness.
  • Victoria Transport Institute has a online TDM encyclopaedia for policy, planning, and evaluation of TDM practices
  • Community Places Program provides funding and planning assistance to non-profit community organizations for facility construction, upgrading, expansion or acquisition projects. Eligible projects are those which provide sustainable recreation and wellness benefits to communities
  • Community Planning Assistance Grants provide up to $60,000 to municipalities and planning districts to help prepare development plan by-laws and related background studies consistent with the policy framework of the Provincial Planning Regulation.
  • FCM Green Municipal Fund provides grants for feasibility studies and plan development. It also offers low-interest loans for capital projects. A variety of green municipal initiatives may be eligible for funding, including improvements to AT infrastructure around transit nodes, development or completion of walking and cycling networks and street development.
  • Small Communities Transportation Fund is an application-based fund that will support rural Manitoba communities' investments in transit infrastructure projects, including purchase of handi-transit vehicles and active transportation infrastructure.  A total of $1.0 million is available over five years (2014/15-2018/19) for eligible projects undertaken across Manitoba.
  • The National Trails Coalition (NTC) project funding - a total of $10.0 million in cost-shared funding is available between 2014 and 2016 to support projects involving construction, upgrades, renovation or rehabilitation of multi-purpose trails, non-motorized trails, snowmobile trails and all-terrain vehicle / off-road motorcycle trails across Canada. These federal dollars must be matched by cash contributions from NTC member organizations or their partners. Funding was provided from the Government of Canada in Budget 2014: Canada's Economic Action Plan.