Streets and transit part of Red Deer walkability study

Streets and transit are just part of a new study on how people get around within Red Deer, says a city official.

Streets and transit are just part of a new study on how people get around within Red Deer, says a city official.

Started late in September with a discussion of walkability, the city is moving through the early stages of the Integrated Movement Study, which looks at all modes of transportation, what works and what needs to be changed.

Ultimately, the findings will be used to help guide decisions for future development and may include recommendations for a few simple changes in existing facilities, said Jim Jorgensen, divisional strategist in the Development Services Division.

The new study goes beyond previous transportation studies in that it weaves together the various considerations involved in all modes of transportation, including walking, biking, driving and public transit.

Included in the study will be a series of events similar to the walkability discussion held in September, all geared at the various methods people use to get around, said Jorgensen.

Planning is underway for an overview, which will include a presentation by livable cities consultant Gil Peñalosa, executive director of Toronto-based 8-80 Cities.

Final details for the meeting, including time and location, are still being worked out, said Jorgensen.

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