What is the Pedestrian Master Plan?

    The Pedestrian Master Plan aims to improve the pedestrian network, infrastructure, policies, programs, and environment so that people of all ages and abilities have the freedom to move freely and comfortably as a pedestrian. As part of the development of Pedestrian Master Plan, the project team will:

    • Review and access the existing pedestrian network*;
    • Recommend a long-term pedestrian network;
    • Review existing and recommend updates to pedestrian and walking related policies and programs; and
    • Review and update pedestrian infrastructure design standards

    *The pedestrian network includes infrastructure elements used by pedestrians such as sidewalks, crossings, and crosswalks at intersections and elsewhere, walkways between roads, and multi-use trails.

    Why is the City developing a Pedestrian Master Plan?

    The development of the Pedestrian Master Plan comes from the City’s Transportation Master Plan (2019), which identifies the development of a Pedestrian Network Plan to “Identify gaps and inconsistencies in the pedestrian network, with special attention to connectivity and accessibility standards”. Up until 2041, the Plan will be a go-to reference for City staff on all pedestrian-related projects – improving service delivery and project execution based on the priority areas for safety. It will support the City in achieving the Vision Zero target adopted in the Transportation Master Plan.

    What is a Pedestrian?

    The term pedestrian and the act of walking includes people walking for any reason such as, people walking dogs or people jogging. It includes people using mobility devices such as wheelchairs, walkers, and strollers.

    What parts of the City is this project looking at?

    The Pedestrian Master Plan is a plan for the whole city. This project will look at ways to make every Mississauga community more safe, comfortable and connected for people walking or rolling.

    How can I participate in the development of the Pedestrian Master Plan?

    There are many ways to participate! Join the conversation here by registering on this site and engage with our online tools throughout the project. Send us a question or comment at any time or fill out our online survey to provide your feedback. We will also be conducting a virtual community workshop in the fall of 2020 for you to have your say.

    Why is walking important?

    Walking is the most fundamental and sustainable form of transportation and nearly every journey begins and ends by foot. Mississauga has a significant opportunity to encourage more walking by improving connections, providing more infrastructure, and making it safer and comfortable to walk around.

    How does this project connect with other City plans and projects?

    The Pedestrian Master Plans ties into several past and upcoming transportation-related projects in the City.

    • Transportation Master Plan (Completed) – The development of the Pedestrian Master Plan was identified as an action of the Transportation Master Plan. The Transportation Master Plan provides overarching guidance on the future of transportation in Mississauga. The Pedestrian Master Plan will focus on policy, programming, and infrastructure recommendations specific to walking.
    • Changing Lanes (Underway) – The Changing Lanes project will update, develop and implement new tools for staff, developers, and other street providers to ensure our streets are safe and more convenient for all users. The Changing Lanes project will consider the recommendations of the Pedestrian Master Plan.
    • Vision Zero Action Plan (Upcoming) - The City of Mississauga has adopted Vision Zero and its fundamental message that fatalities and serious injuries on roads are preventable and that the City must strive to reduce traffic-related deaths and injuries to zero. The Pedestrian Master Plan will provide high-level recommendations for enhancing pedestrian safety that will be incorporated into the Vision Zero Action Plan in more detail.

    When will this project be completed?

    This plan will be completed by spring 2021.