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Transportation Choices

  Status: Needs improvement

Transportation impacts the environment, with vehicles generating more GHG emissions and requiring more land for road infrastructure than public transportation, cycling and walking.

Where are we now?

The percentage of residents using cycling, walking or transit to get to work has been relatively stable since 2001, and needs improvement to meet the 2023 target adopted by City Council.

 
Data table
Transportation Choices
  1996 2001 2006 2011 2013 2016 2023
Statistics Canada 14.40 12.40 12.30 11.50   13.4  
Household Travel Survey         16.00    
Target             20

Source: Statistics Canada and Household Travel Survey

What are we doing?

Saskatoon Transit Plan

Saskatoon Transit is focused on increasing ridership by providing exemplary customer support and opportunities for passengers to engage, while moving towards a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system with a focus on technology to assist in improving efficiencies both internally and externally. Saskatoon Transit is also working to integrate micro-transit service to complement fixed-route service, extending the reach of the whole network. In 2020, Saskatoon Transit announced a one year electric bus pilot initiating one of the 40 actions in Saskatoon's Low Emission Community Plan for the municipal transit fleet to be 100% electric by 2030.  

Active Transportation Plan

The City approved the Active Transportation Plan (ATP) in 2016, as part of the Growth Plan to Half a Million. The ATP will help provide more choices for moving around Saskatoon by addressing community infrastructure needs for cycling, walking, and other modes of active transportation. The targets set through the ATP expand on the City's initial targets, by doubling the proportion of cycling, walking, and transit users to 32% of all daily trips by 2045 (8% cycling, 16% walking and 8% transit). The Action Transportation Implementation Plan, approved by City Council on March 25, 2019, provided a five-year plan for the implementation of the ATP, including an overview of the status of the program and the program's components.

Cycling Program

Providing a complete and interconnected network of bicycle facilities throughout Saskatoon is critical to supporting and encouraging more cycling. Expanding and enhancing Saskatoon's bicycle network will require a combination of strategies, including upgrading existing facilities to address safety concerns, ensuring that new neighbourhoods and infill areas have adequate place for cycling, and addressing gaps in the existing bicycle network. For more information relating to cycling - including cycling tips, route maps, and cycling-related projects - please visit saskatoon.ca/byxe.

Sidewalk Infill Program

Expanding and enhancing the sidewalk network supports the goals of creating more places for walking, safer walking, and making walking a more convenient and attractive choice for moving around. The Sidewalk Infill Program involves the design and construction of new sidewalks or pathways adjacent to existing arterial roadways, collector roads, or local streets. For more information relating to walking - including walking routes and maps, as well as pedestrian-related projects - please visit saskatoon.ca/walking.

Curb Ramp Program

Ensuring our city is accessible for all ages and abilities is important. The City recently updated the pedestrian ramp design standards, which includes texturing for low vision users. The texturing will be reflected on all new ramps. In 2019, the City's Road Rehabilitation Program began installing missing pedestrian ramps when adjacent road resurfacing projects are completed. The City's Transportation Department has an inventory of missing ramp locations city-wide and has funding to address high priority missing ramps. This program installs approximately 40 ramps annually!

What can you do?

Visit the Plan My Trip page of Saskatoon Transit’s website to find the best way to get you to work or school and find out if your workplace participates in the EcoPass Program for discounted bus fares. If not, consider talking to your employer about it.

Saskatoon is full of spaces and places to ride! Before you hop on your bike, check out Cycling Tips and Where to Ride to learn how to safely bike around town.

Do you know of an informal foot trail along a street in your neighbourhood? Tell us! A foot trail, also known as a goat trail or desire line, is a route that many people walk along even without the provision of a sidewalk. Email us the location including the street name and block number.

Find out if your workplace has a ride share program to promote carpooling, and if not consider starting a simple one with a message board or map (following COVID-19 safety precautions, of course).

Did You Know?

You can reduce your GHGs by approximately 470kg CO2e if you take public transit rather than driving to work, plus you will save on car expenses like fuel, maintenance and parking.