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Element 9: Performance Measures

Element Definition: 

Many communities across Ontario have been creative when establishing performance measures for Complete Streets. Some of the most common include measuring the kilometres of newly installed bike lanes; mode share changes for commuters driving, walking, cycling, and taking transit; percentage of streets with a sidewalk; percentage of transit stops within a certain walking distance of residential areas, etc.

Ideally performance measures will be clearly listed in the local official plan (OP). If performance measures are listed in another policy document (e.g., Transportation Master Plan) that document should be referenced in-text in the transportation section of the OP.

Official Plan Quotes: 

Official Plan of the City of Ottawa  - 2.3.1 Transportation

“In keeping with the Transportation Master Plan, the City will seek to achieve the following increases in the share of morning peak-hour travel by pedestrian, cycling and public transit modes by 2031:

  • Walking modal share of all person trips – from 9.6 per cent in 2005 to 10 per cent in 2031;
  • Cycling modal share of all person trips - from 1.7 percent in 2005 to 3 per cent in 2031;
  • Public transit – from 23 percent of total motorized trips in 2005 to 30 percent in 2031” (City of Ottawa, 2003).