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Peter d - trail presentation

  1. 1. Benefits of Trails Moving Towards a County Trails Master Plan Some Issues on Trail Development
  2. 3. Steering Committee <ul><li>Shawn Binns - Recreationist </li></ul><ul><li>Bryan MacKell – County Director of Planning, Development, and Tourism </li></ul><ul><li>Christine Bushey – Health Unit Representative </li></ul><ul><li>Nathan Westendorp – County Planner </li></ul>
  3. 4. Building Trails for our future
  4. 5. Google Map of North America
  5. 6. Google Map of Great Lakes
  6. 7. Simcoe County Map
  7. 8. Historic Huron and Petun Villages and Trails – 1645 – 1651
  8. 9. Land Purchases, Early Roads & Treaties
  9. 10. Simcoe County Transportation Routes - 1880
  10. 14. All Railways Map of Ontario
  12. 17. Launch of the Green Paper on Bicycling for Ontario
  13. 18. Google Announces New Option! <ul><li>Google added bike routes to its online maps; this split screen shows a bike route in Austin, Texas </li></ul><ul><li>The way we travel is changing… </li></ul>
  14. 19. Bike Routes on Google Maps <ul><li>Peter Smith started a petition prodding Google to add biking directions to Google Map after travelling down a particularly busy road in Texas </li></ul><ul><li>More than 50,000 signatures later, Smith got his wish as Google debuted biking directions alongside existing mapping features for drivers, pedestrians and people who use public transit </li></ul><ul><li>Bikers can now find cycling directions that are relatively speedy and aim to be safer and less challenging for riders </li></ul><ul><li>Directions also let riders know how long it might take them to make a trip </li></ul><ul><li>Google also added a layer to Google Maps that lets cyclists explore bike trails and bike-friendly streets </li></ul>
  15. 20. Alliance 2010 Benchmarking Report <ul><li>Report Includes: </li></ul><ul><li>Levels of Bicycling and Walking </li></ul><ul><li>Safety </li></ul><ul><li>Policies and Provisions </li></ul><ul><li>Education and Encouragement </li></ul><ul><li>Grassroots Advocacy </li></ul><ul><li>Influencing Bicycling and Walking </li></ul><ul><li>Impact of Bicycling and Walking on Public Health </li></ul>
  16. 21. Bike Train Initiative <ul><li>Introduces bike racks onboard select passenger rail trains to destinations across Ontario, making cycling holidays easy and accessible. </li></ul><ul><li>A project of Transportation Options, a non-profit organization dedicated to stimulating sustainable systems of transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledgeable staff are available onboard to provide cycling maps and useful information </li></ul><ul><li>Bike Train will connect Toronto with destinations across Ontario, providing cyclists of all abilities easy access to the Greenbelt, wine and culinary regions, northern lakes and forests, off-the-beaten-path towns and villages, world-renowned natural and historical sites, and thousands of kms of recreational trails and on road cycling routes </li></ul>
  17. 22. TOURISM <ul><li>New Brand Launch 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>3 rd Highest visitation area of Ontario </li></ul><ul><li>Over 8 million tourists visit Simcoe County </li></ul>
  18. 23. Creating the Network Describe Your Vision… <ul><li>To Create: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A Historic Pathway </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Health & Wellness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Nature Walk </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Healthy Life Style </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Safe Road Routes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Safe Routes to school </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Alternative Transportation Work </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Others </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>All of the Above </li></ul></ul></ul>
  19. 24. Collective Intelligence <ul><li>Trail designs, trail options, trail surfaces always use group dynamics group effort easily surpasses individual </li></ul>Best Decision 1 2 4 3 # of People
  20. 25. The Puzzle of Planning A Trail <ul><li>Must have a conceptual plan in the County’s Official Plan and each Municipality </li></ul><ul><li>It needs to identify, in general, where you plan to go </li></ul><ul><li>Use bold symbols or </li></ul>
  21. 26. What are my options? <ul><li>Greenspace Map </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>County Forests </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Crown Land </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Flood Planes </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Conservation Authority Lands </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Protected Lands </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Parks i) Provincial </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ii) Municipal </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>River Valley </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Open Space </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Development Activity Map </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Current Sites </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Proposed Sites </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Secondary Plans </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  22. 27. <ul><li>Municipal – Provincial – Federal Property Map </li></ul><ul><li>Hydro Corridors </li></ul><ul><li>Rail Corridors </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Abandoned </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Active </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Water Easement Locates </li></ul><ul><li>Unopened Road Allotments </li></ul><ul><li>Historic Routes, Land & Water </li></ul><ul><li>Museums and Natural Attractions </li></ul>
  23. 28. Developmental Projects Collingwood
  24. 29. Surface Treatments vs. Maintenance Cost/Year Concrete Asphalt Stone Dust $100,000 Capital Costs $50,000 0 Maintenance Cost Over Time (years) 10 20 30 40 5 Fix Cracks Resurfacing Continual
  25. 30. Trail Development Trail Inventory <ul><li>Inventory Completed by Murray Knowles, Member Trails Committee. </li></ul>Total Identified Trails 61.9 km Unusable/Not Complete -5.8 km Existing Trails 56.1 km Train Trail Ext. (to Stayner) -12.0 km “ In Town” trails 44.1 km Concrete 4.5 km Asphalt 4.7 km Limestone 24.5 km Boardwalk 1.0 km Grass 3.8 km Natural 5.6 km
  26. 31. Trail Development Trail Inventory COLLINGWOOD TRAILS (Excluding Train Trail Ext.) Trail in good shape 29.6 km -all trails are remarkably free of debris Trail has some minor issue – usability is not impaired 5.6 km -trail narrowing noticeably due to vegetation growth (4.9 km) -two cases of narrow sidewalk not being the final trail (0.4 km) -several cases of significant geotextile exposure Trail has a more major maintenance issue 3.2 km -Train Trail being undermined in one spot by Pretty River. -Communications boxes require relocating on Cranberry Inn Trail. -Hamilton Drain Trail east of Hurontario requires construction hole to be filled. -Cranberry Inn Trail from Harbour St. to bridge requires upgrade. Pending Development. -High Street Trail –Underwood Creek to Campbell St. requires upgrade. Pending road widening. -Mountain Rd. Trail between 11 th Line and 10 th Line should be relocated to south side. Trail is non-existent or not usable year-round 11.5 km -Trails adjoining 11 th Line trail to be identified as natural trails (2.9km) -Eleventh Line trail requires fill to become viable (1.2km) -Cranberry Marsh trail and Golf Course Loop are closed (1.0km) -Trails or parts of trails shown on map that are not built or not usable (5.3km)
  27. 32. Original 4 Manual Series <ul><li>40 distributed throughout Ontario, Michigan, and New York </li></ul>
  28. 33. Places to Spaces…
  29. 35. Simcoe County Master Plan
  30. 37. Georgian Trail What we learned…
  31. 38. Project to convert the rail bed began in 1986 <ul><li>Three hard years of effort to form a group of individuals coming from Collingwood to Meaford area: </li></ul><ul><li>Georgian Cycle & Ski Trail Association </li></ul><ul><li>Town of Meaford </li></ul><ul><li>Township of St Vincent </li></ul><ul><li>Township of Collingwood </li></ul><ul><li>Town of Thornbury </li></ul><ul><li>Town of Collingwood </li></ul>
  32. 39. Official Opening Oct 31, 1989 <ul><li>First feasibility study of its kind </li></ul><ul><li>First provincially sponsored Trail system in Ontario </li></ul><ul><li>Original board of directors who took all the hard battles and won them all! </li></ul><ul><li>Based on equalized assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Ratio of each municipalities was based on per Capita relationship with other partners </li></ul>
  33. 40. Economic Impact of the Georgian Trail – P. Dunbar 1999 <ul><li>Projected impact from a tourism perspective in 1998 $5,218,963.84 / based on 60 days of possible biking </li></ul><ul><li>Average age 46.7 years old. </li></ul><ul><li>Average income $65,310.00 </li></ul><ul><li>Majority with above average income </li></ul><ul><li>60% traveled between 30 and 90 minutes to use trail </li></ul><ul><li>44.63% spent the weekend here and biking was the focus of the trip </li></ul><ul><li>46.62% of users were in a family unit </li></ul>
  34. 41. Blazing Trails to Health & Happiness <ul><li>Collingwood undertook a trails survey from June – November, 2005 </li></ul><ul><li>663 surveys were collected </li></ul><ul><li>- 439 from local residents </li></ul><ul><li>- 224 from nearby communities </li></ul><ul><li>10 Trail Captains </li></ul><ul><li>5 Times / Day </li></ul>
  35. 42. Blazing Trails to Health & Happiness <ul><li>In less than 15 years the Collingwood Trails Network has expanded to encompass over 70 kilometers </li></ul>
  36. 43. Benefits of Trails: <ul><li>Price Waterhouse Cooper </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic Impact of the Trans Canada Trail in Ontario, August 2004 (231) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>By increasing business activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Economic Impact Analysis Measures” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Initial Direct Expenditures – trail users </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Indirect Effects – supplier, more volume </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Induced Effects – local workers spend on additional items </li></ul></ul></ul>
  37. 44. Projected Impacts With Completed Trans Canada Trail <ul><li>42,000 Ontarians – recurrent expenditures of Trans Canada Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Recurrent Tax Collections - $1.04 Billion </li></ul><ul><li>$140.7 Million will remain with local government </li></ul><ul><li>$2.4 Billion generated in added value income to the Province of Ontario </li></ul><ul><li>Injection of Non-Local Expenditures of $152.8 Million </li></ul>
  38. 45. Key Definitions: <ul><li>Initial Expenditure – Trail user, construction, Maintenance </li></ul><ul><li>Value Added – Gross domestic product or provincial/regional income </li></ul><ul><li>Gross Output – total value of goods & services sold by business to sustain projects operation </li></ul><ul><li>Employment – Full time generated by project </li></ul><ul><li>Taxes – income taxes, GST, Liquor, and Tourism related </li></ul><ul><li>Imports – products acquired from outside the region </li></ul><ul><li>Multipliers – direct, indirect, and induced </li></ul>
  39. 47. Dried Worms on a plate…
  40. 48. Collingwood Trails Prior to 1980 <ul><li>Some Urban Walkways </li></ul><ul><li>Strong use of Bikes Re Shipyards </li></ul>
  41. 49. Collingwood Trails 1985 <ul><li>5 Separate Municipalities </li></ul><ul><li>Collingwood 47% </li></ul><ul><li>1 st “Linear Park” </li></ul><ul><li>Equalized Assessment for % of Costs </li></ul>
  42. 50. Collingwood Trails 1989 <ul><li>1 st Provincial Grant </li></ul><ul><li>Waterfront Asphalt / Concrete </li></ul><ul><li>75% 10 Stone dust service </li></ul>
  43. 51. Collingwood Trails 1990 COLLINGWOOD BARRIE RAILWAY + TRAIL
  44. 52. Collingwood Trails 1992 <ul><li>Economic impact study of Georgian Trail </li></ul><ul><li>Average Age 47 – Yearly Income $90 – 1 ½ hour travel time </li></ul><ul><li>Spent 2 days </li></ul>Meaford
  45. 53. Collingwood Trails 1995 <ul><li>Factories Request Trails to Worksites </li></ul><ul><li>NYCA permits use of side of dike & channel </li></ul>Black Ash Pretty River
  46. 54. Collingwood Trails 1997 <ul><li>Developers start to promote trail proximity </li></ul><ul><li>Municipal Trails Network Approved in Official Plan </li></ul>
  47. 55. Collingwood Trails 2001 <ul><li>Environment network & schools create safe routes to schools </li></ul>
  48. 56. Collingwood Trails 2002 <ul><li>$350,000 –DONOR “HEATHER PATHWAY” </li></ul>
  49. 57. Collingwood Trails 2003 <ul><li>Trails committee celebrates 10 years of trail building! </li></ul>
  50. 58. Collingwood Trails 2004
  51. 59. Collingwood Trails 2006 <ul><li>Need to Connect to our Neighbours </li></ul>
  52. 60. Collingwood Trails 2009
  53. 61. End Results, Trails are built and new connections are made
  54. 62. Integrate old rail lines, river edges, waterfronts, parks, greenspace
  55. 79. Walking Tours <ul><li>New Zealand Walking Tours by NZ Travellers </li></ul><ul><li>Absolute Walking Tours </li></ul><ul><li>Backroads – Walking & Hiking Tours </li></ul><ul><li>Walking Adventures International </li></ul>
  56. 85. Simcoe County Existing Trails
  57. 86. Phase I
  58. 87. Phase II
  59. 88. Phase III
  60. 89. Visit our Blog Site <ul><li> </li></ul>
  61. 90. Common Elements of Trail Success <ul><li>Regional Cooperation a must! </li></ul><ul><li>Government Support: Municipal, County, Provincial, Federal </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Financial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quality Experience, need quality product </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Common Trail Standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good Signage: proper surfaces, collectively marketed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Energetic Volunteers and Grassroots support </li></ul><ul><li>Process Natural, Cultural & Historic Themes, Educational Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Tourism Hosting Capabilities, hotels, motels, bed & breakfast </li></ul><ul><li>150km of looping trails </li></ul><ul><li>2 – 3 days of experiences, minimal </li></ul>
  62. 91. Trail Network Strategies <ul><li>Develop local trails with aim to promote healthy lifestyles opportunities for community </li></ul><ul><li>Think about connectivity; the trails network can be an enormous economic driver </li></ul>
  63. 93. Google Map of Great Lakes
  64. 94. Google Map of North America