July 15, 2008
Media Release

The Regional Municipality of York wins national planning award

Canadian Institute of Planners recognizes the Region's pedestrian and cycling master plan
NEWMARKET The Regional Municipality of York has been recognized with an Award for Planning Excellence for its Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan (PCMP) by the Canadian Institute of Planners at its 2008 National Conference in Winnipeg this afternoon. 
The Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan is an effective tool for York Region to work with local municipalities in order to implement a comprehensive pedestrian system and an on and off-road region-wide cycling network.
"The Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan enforces York Region's goal to create healthy, vibrant and commuter-friendly communities," said York Region Chairman and CEO Bill Fisch.  "This award emphasizes York Region's achievements in our stride for sustainability and is another way to make York Region more accessible and environmentally-friendly."
This year's Canadian Institute of Planners award in the category of Transportation and Infrastructure was presented to York Region for its innovative transportation planning methods to cross jurisdictions and link local municipalities with key attractions for commuter and recreational pedestrian and cycling trips.
"The positive recognition York Region has received for this initiative enforces the commitment of Regional Council and staff to promote environmental education and active transportation," said Town of Newmarket Regional Councillor, John Taylor, Vice-Chair of York Region's Planning and Economic Development Committee.  "This will help to improve walking and cycling conditions in York Region and encourage more people to walk and cycle more often and connect to our public transit system."
The PCMP was developed through extensive consultation with York Region's partners and stakeholders, including staff at the Regional and local municipal levels and the general public.
The vision for PCMP is based on the principle of assigning more priority to walking, cycling, public transit, carpooling and transportation demand management initiatives by making pedestrians and cyclists first priority.
To access the Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan, please visit The Regional Muncipality of York website at www.york.ca and click on ''important links."
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Media Contact:      Ava Baccari, Corporate Communications, York Region
 Phone: 905 830-4444 Ext. 1207, 416 297-9696 or Toll free 1-877-464-9675
 Email: ava.baccari@york.ca

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