eMERGE Guelph

About Transportation

This guy is riding his bicycle to work.The major highways in Ontario range from 45,000 to 177,000 vehicles per hour. In some areas of Toronto, the count can reach as high as 450,000. The installation of high-occupancy vehicle lanes (HOV) lanes has eased this traffic snarl somewhat: highways 403 and 404 showed increases in carpooling rates ranging from 15 to 26% points.

Looking locally, the City of Guelph’s Community Energy Initiative (CEI) was developed in 2007. Its target is to reduce both the energy consumption and GHG emissions in Guelph by 50% from 2005 levels by the year 2031. More specifically, the initiative aims to reduce transportation energy use by 25% through urban planning, efficient vehicle technologies, and alternative transportation.  In 2031 we would be producing less greenhouse gas per capita than the current global average.

Guelph’s Cycling Master Plan aims to triple city-wide bicycle use by improving the cycling network, enhancing road safety, and fostering a better understanding among cyclists and motorists about sharing the road. The City of Guelph’s Transportation Demand Management program also reviews development plans to ensure new construction is pedestrian, transit and bike-friendly.

Solutions

Alternative transportation can not only reduce your footprint, but can also save money and lead to a healthier and happier lifestyle. eMERGE Guelph offers three different ways to learn more about what you can do. Click here to learn more about our Pathways Program and how you can get started using alternative methods of transportation today!