Brampton is a suburban community in the Greater Toronto Area. It is the seat of Peel Region, and is amongst the most populous municipalities in Canada.
Brampton’s Official Plan, adopted in 2006 but amended and updated in September 2020, commits to ensuring that “Streets will be designed to be Complete Streets; their design and operation will provide for the needs of all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists and transit passengers of all ages and abilities, as well as trucks, buses and automobiles” (p. 4.5 – 1). The plan explicitly aims to increase the modal share of cycling, walking, and transit in Brampton by improving the infrastructure dedicated to these modes of travel (p. 4.5 – 1).
The Active Transportation Master Plan is a continuation of Brampton’s visionary future outlined in their 2018 Strategic Plan “Living the Mosaic: Brampton 2040 Vision” specifically relating to active transportation “such as prioritizing active mobility through an Active Mobility Charter, and implementing complete streets.” (p.2).
Section 3 of this document consists of a design compendium intended to inform the design of complete streets and the active transportation network presented within the plan (p.26-31).
“Living the Mosaic: Brampton 2040 Vision” is a document intended to guide the city’s development for the next 20 years, as determined by the citizens of Brampton through intensive public discussion. Part of this vision for Brampton in the year 2040 sees most of its streets as Complete Streets with auto, pedestrian, and cycling alignments based on an Active Mobility Charter (p.6).
Within Vision 4: Transportation and Connectivity, Action #4-2 outlines the process to implement Complete Streets, designing and retrofitting Brampton’s streets to be people-friendly and environmentally compatible places (p.62). Part of this process recommends the creation of a Complete Streets Municipal Coalition, a municipal collaboration for a regional inquiry on complete streets standards (p.62). Many of Brampton’s citizens say the need for street redesigns is at the top of their list for improving the city. As such, this document also includes a visionary sketch of what people wish their streets to look like (p.63).
Brampton, Ontario includes Complete Streets approaches in both its Transportation Master Plan (TMP) and its Official Plan. Brampton’s 2015 Transportation Master Plan calls for the development of a network of Complete Streets, “which are accessible to all users, regardless of their chosen mode of transportation” (p. 72). The plan also proposes integrating Complete Streets and goods movement strategies in order to accommodate both vulnerable road users and trucks (p. 74).