Active Transportation

The City of Fredericton has been successful with its application to the 2018 Municipalities for Climate Innovation Fund from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) for the feasibility and preliminary design of transportation projects that aim to reduce GHG (Green House Gas) emissions.

The three feasibility and preliminary design projects approved by FCM include:

  • Brookside Drive: Fredericton’s First Complete Street - will explore the feasibility of enhancing Brookside Drive between Main Street and Douglas Avenue.
  • See the plan.
  • Route 8 / College Hill Road Roundabout and AT Link - will explore the feasibility of constructing a roundabout on Route 8 near College Hill Road, that would enable a direct connection between College Hill Road, Route 7 and Route 8, including the Dr Everett Chalmers Hospital and the Universities.
  • Rookwood Avenue: Trans-Canada Trail Connection - will explore the feasibility of filling several gaps within the active transportation trail network in the core of Fredericton, as well as the impacts of a roundabout at Waggoner’s Lane / Rookwood Avenue to improve traffic, pedestrian, and transit safety and efficiency.

When people choose to get from A to B via their own power, by choosing active transportation, everybody wins. The active traveller—the person who designs activity into their lives—gets all the health benefits that come from living an active life. And society wins in two ways. First, through lower health care costs for the active person. But also because every person that walks or bikes to work, for example, is one fewer cars on the road, meaning less pollution, less congestion, and less wear and tear on infrastructure.

Active transportation is any form of self-propelled—that is, non-motorized—transportation that relies on the use of human energy alone. Examples include walking, skiing, cycling, inline skating, jogging and non-emission motorized wheelchairs and scooters. Active transportation is often combined with public transit. Active transportation includes active commuting, active trips during the work day, and active recreation.

The Active Transportation Committee, instituted in 2005, was struck to create a plan that encouraged active transportation for Frederictonians. It did this by identifying safety concerns related to active transportation; recommending a public education and promotional program for active transportation; and by acting as an advisory committee for the City of Fredericton's Trails and Bikeways Master Plan process.