‘Wayfinding’ system in Clarington receives $50,000 boost from Ottawa

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Published April 4, 2024 at 2:51 pm

Bowmanville Valley Trail
Bowmanville Valley Trail, Clarington

A digital wayfinding system in the works in Clarington is getting a big federal boost with a $50,000 grant from Infrastructure Canada’s Active Transportation Fund.

The money will help develop the municipality’s Wayfinding System Strategy, which will support Clarington’s Active Transportation Master Plan. The federal transportation fund invests in projects to make travel by active transportation easier, safer, more convenient and more enjoyable.

“The Municipality of Clarington is grateful to the Government of Canada for these funds, which will help residents and visitors who enjoy cycling, walking, or rolling through our community,” said Clarington Mayor Adrian Foster. “This investment supports active transportation, helping us create a more accessible and navigable system for Clarington’s many attractions.”

The wayfinding system will feature signs, route maps, accessibility information and digital resources that residents and visitors can use to get around Clarington. Once implemented, it will help people travel from historic downtowns to beautiful scenery to their favourite local shop or recreation facility—and guide them back home again. It will also link Clarington residents with broader Durham Region active transportation infrastructure, giving them better opportunities to connect with communities across Durham.

This project is one of 50 active transportation planning and design projects across Ontario with investments of more than $2.3 million the federal government is supporting through the fund.

Housing, Infrastructure and Communities Minister Sean Fraser said he was “excited” to announce federal support for the projects.

“Investments in active transportation are a key part of building strong, connected and sustainable communities. Bike paths, sidewalks, footbridges and multi-use trails connect our homes to our communities and beyond, helping to make them the best places to live.”

Clarington is an ideal place for active transportation, blending urban amenities with rural charm. The wayfinding system will help users find a route that’s perfect for them, whether they’re walking, cycling, using a mobility device, jogging, skateboarding, rollerblading, scootering, or using another self-propelled method of getting around.

Clarington is seeking feedback about its Active Transportation Master Plan. Visit www.clarington.net/ATMP or drop by a Clarington Connected kiosk in a local recreation facility to complete the survey and share your feedback for a chance to win a prize.

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