Fredericton: Smart Growth, Mobility and Greenspaces Timeline

2000

Capital City Traffic Study

Capital City Traffic Study

A study was undertaken to manage traffic within the City, minimizing bottlenecks and improving the flow of traffic. Less traffic congestion and less time spent idling contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gases and other pollutants in the air.

2007

First Trails / Bikeways Master Plan

First Trails / Bikeways Master Plan

The City released its first Trails / Bikeways Master Plan to establish a vision and strategy for developing the active transportation network in Fredericton.

First dedicated bike routes & lanes

First dedicated bike routes & lanes

The City first installed dedicated bike routes and lanes, which have been expanded yearly since this time.

2008

Stopped planting Ash Trees

In 2005, the City stopped planting Ash trees in anticipation of Emerald Ash Borers moving into the area. Parks & Trees are currently experimenting with species that are new to the area to replace Ash. The new species are Carolinian species that are more heat tolerant, coinciding with expected changes in whether patterns due to climate change.

2010

Roundabouts to ease congestion and idling

The City started designing and building roundabouts within the City to facilitate the flow of traffic. This has eased congestion and reduced idling times, reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Capital City Traffic Study Updated

Capital City Traffic Study Updated

The Capital City Traffic Study was updated to reflect current and future needs, which will help continued GHG reductions from eased traffic congestion and idling.

2015

Fredericton City Centre Plan Created

Guiding principles of the plan are in line with a more environmentally sustainable way of life. Principles include Walkable & Connected; Vibrant & Livable (included mixed-use areas); and Ecologically Sustainable & Resilient.

2016

Imagine Fredericton

Imagine Fredericton was a public consultation process that served the purpose of ensuring citizens could contribute to the Growth Strategy and Municipal Plan by sharing their values and aspirations for the City’s future. Feedback was relevant to environmental goals.

Fredericton Main Street Urban Design Plan Created

Similar to the guiding principles of the City Centre Plan, the Main Street guiding principles focus on creating a neighbourhood that is Walkable & Connected; Comfortable & Livable (including mixed-use areas); and Sustainable.

2017

Fredericton Growth Strategy

Fredericton Growth Strategy

As a result of the Imagine Fredericton process and work by consultants and staff, the City released the Fredericton Growth Strategy, which describes a community-based vision of how the city should grow over the next 25 years as the population in the City grows and demographic trends change. The strategy contains community goals relating to the environment, including ‘Green and Healthy’ and ‘Sustainable and Efficient.’

Active Transportation Connection Plan

Active Transportation Connection Plan

The City hired a consultant to complete an Active Transportation Connection Plan with the purpose of “guiding the growth of cycling and pedestrian infrastructure over the next 10+ years.” Expanding the active transportation network, of course, provides added opportunities for more citizens to choose active transportation for their commutes rather than travelling by car.

Walking bridge important for active transportation network

Walking bridge important for active transportation network

Over 600,000 pedestrian trips across the walking bridge throughout the year.

2018

Transit Plan

Transit Plan

The City is preparing to release a new Strategic Transit Plan which will act as a review of the current transit system and a planning tool for future changes and improvements to the system.

New Municipal Plan

The City is currently developing a new Municipal Plan, which will include feedback from the Imagine Fredericton process, integrate the Growth Strategy, and focus on many environmental components.