Durham is a large regional municipality in the eastern end of the Greater Toronto Area. The fast-growing region is home to many suburban, urban, and rural communities.
The Region of Durham adopted a Complete Streets approach in the Durham Transportation Master Plan 2017. The Plan makes frequent reference to incorporating Complete Streets guidelines in all “right-of-way planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance” (p. 56). As the Region of Durham is responsible for regional roads, which are often quite hostile to cyclists, pedestrians and transit users, the Plan specifically requires the adoption of a Complete Streets approach to these corridors in order “to offer safety, comfort and convenience to all users (i.e. pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders and motorists) regardless of their age or ability” (p. 127). The plan encourages lower-tier municipalities in the Region of Durham to adopt and implement dedicated Complete Streets policies (p. xvi).