Capital Pathway Network Strategic Plan

The NCC Capital Pathway Network Strategic Plan presents a comprehensive vision and strategy for planning, managing and expanding the pathway system.

Renewal of the plan

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We have started the process of renewing the strategic plan entitled Pathway Network for Canada’s Capital Region (2006). The purpose of the revised plan will be to provide a framework for future planning and day-to-day management of the Capital Pathway network.

The main planning objectives:

  • renew the vision, guiding principles and standards
  • set strategic directions and priorities for the next 10 years
  • provide management tools
  • harmonize federal and municipal planning, where possible

The strategic plan revision will address various topics:

  • pathway design, development and linkage opportunities
  • user safety
  • signage
  • amenities

The renewal will take place in four stages, during which the public and stakeholders will be consulted.

Assessment, research and analysis of existing conditions (summer–fall 2017)

Review of vision and strategic directions (fall 2017–spring 2018)

Drafting of new strategic plan (summer–fall 2018)

Approval of the final plan (late 2018)

Current vision for the Capital Pathway

In 2006, the NCC Board of Directors approved the current plan developed in collaboration with its regional partners. This plan includes four pillars to guide the planning and development of the Capital Pathway network for the next 10 years.

1. Multi-purpose use

The Capital Pathway network covers Canada’s Capital Region in its entirety. It is a multi-use recreational and tourist network, which also supports non-motorized commuting vocations.

2. Accessibility and safety

The network extends to and links natural and built areas by providing access to waterways and green spaces, as well as cultural and heritage features.

User education and awareness programs promoting sharing of the pathway in a respectful and tolerant manner result in a safe and pleasant experience.

3. Connectivity

The network is connected to other non-motorized transportation networks within the region to encourage sustainable transportation, and forms a key component of Canada’s Capital recreational and cycling experience.

4. Recognition

The quality of the experience is regarded as one of the best in North America.