The Town of East Gwillimbury (EG) has undergone a study to create an Active Transportation and Trails Master Plan (ATTMP) to encourage more residents to walk and cycle in the community. Within EG there are over 30km of trails and active transportation routes to explore! 

The Plan outlines how the Town will create a group of trails that will connect EG's urban and rural communities and promote active transportation throughout our community.

What is active transportation?

Active transportation is defined as a human-powered form of travelling using muscle power.

Examples include:

  • Walking
  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Rollerblading
  • Skateboarding

We can use these active modes of transportation in our everyday lives. From our commute to and from work and trips during work hours to destination-oriented trips like running errands and visiting friends. We can also reap the benefits from active commuting through active recreation (e.g., hiking and cycling).

This study focuses on non-motorized travel modes on EG's roads, parks, etc. and will help us:

  • Identify essential projects over the next 25 years.
  • Determine a strategy for maintenance.
  • Review the current standards, by-laws, and programs for trails, cycling and walking.

The plan will also support policies and programs to promote walking and cycling in the areas of education and safety.

Moving forward

The Master Plan vision and goals:

  • Route selection principles and the network development approach
  • Examples of active transportation and trail facility types include off-road trails and on-road signed bike routes with paved shoulders and bike lanes in urban areas.
  • Maps that show existing cycling routes and trails in EG as well as the proposed long-term network of new on and off-road active transportation and trail routes
  • Key recommendations in the draft Master Plan

On January 12, staff provided an update on the Town's trails network at Council. The presentation outlined each community and the current and future proposed trails. Over the next year the Town will work on updating the trails master plan, which will include trail plans, safety signage and more. Stay up to date with EG's trail network and watch our Council Workshop presentation or download the presentation slideshow.

Please view our full Active Transportation & Trails Master Plan and Design Guidelines for more information.