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Active Transportation 101: Bringing AT to Your Community and Developing an AT Plan

Active Transportation 101This toolkit will help you in your efforts to bring active transportation (AT) to your community. Download AT 101 here (4 MB). This document was updated in April 2013.

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  • bringing AT champions together and forming a committee assessing the needs of your community
  • setting goals and priorities
  • building community awareness and support
  • establishing strategic partnerships
  • getting buy-in from council

Walk Annapolis Royal FestAnd for those communities/municipalities who have already done this work and are ready for an AT Plan, the resource will guide you through the next necessary steps:

  • developing and implementing your plan
  • securing funding for plan development and implementation
  • identifying roles and responsibilities within the municipality
  • hiring consultants
  • maintaining strategic partnerships
  • continuing public outreach
  • evaluating progress

Cycling the Dynamite TrailAT 101 encourages, celebrates, and builds upon what has already been accomplished in Nova Scotia through its examples, ideas, and suggestions. This resource was developed through a partnership between the Ecology Action Centre and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.

AT 101 Workshop Series in 2012-13

In Fall 2012 and Winter 2013, workshops were offered across the province to municipalities and communities based on the resource Active Transportation 101: Bringing AT to Your Community and Developing an AT Plan (AT 101). The 1.5 to 3.5 hour workshops were meant to help increase knowledge about active transportation (AT) and increase the capacity of municipalities and communities to plan for and implement AT on the ground. These workshops were tailored to the needs of the particular community and participants. A total of 13 workshops were held involving 203 participants from 35 municipal units. Many communities pledged to establish AT committees to help move walking and cycling forward in their areas. The Active Transportation 101 Workshop Series Report provides a summary of the project. The workshop series and AT 101 were developed through a partnership of the Ecology Action Centre and the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.

AT Summary for Elected Officials

This two-page summary is targetted toward elected officials, describes AT 101 and includes how decision-makers can influence active transportation.

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