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PowerPoint Presentation - Healthy Living Hamilton


									Smart Commute Hamilton
Transportation and Health
   Links and Solutions
1.   The Love Affair
2.   Growth & Transportation
3.   Why Act Now?
4.   Obesity, Land use and
5.   Benefits of Sustainable
6.   What is Smart Commute?
7.   Services and

Automobiles and Canadians:
A Love Affair?

The Things Canadians Love
 Families
 Friends
 Poutine
 Cars, planes, boats
 The cottage
 The suburbs
 Cars, SUVs, Minivans

The Things Canadians Love
   70% or more Canadians (and Hamiltonians)
    drive to:
       Work
       Corner Store
       Fortinos (or maybe the Farmer’s Market)
       Ballet Class
       Soccer Games
       The Beach or Pier 4 or Webster’s Falls
   82% would like to walk more than currently
The Things Canadians Love?
At the Same time, in Hamilton:
 59.8% of Hamiltonian adults are either obese or
 Only 50% of adults in Ontario are either obese or
 47% of Hamiltonian adults are inactive

(CCHS, 2005)
How has this love affair come about?
 Cars are sexy?
 Cars offer mobility
 Cars offer convenience?
 Cars are a NECESSITY?

 When you are 16 you are rewarded with a licence
  and a car (if you’re lucky)
 Cars look really cool in movies, magazine and
  advertisements …
     they are built for ... the OPEN ROAD …
    How has this love affair come about?

  Freedom                                 Reality?


      Status                              Lifestyle

How has this love affair come about?
   We got along well without
    them for a few billion
    years – why are they so
    important in the last
   Example NYC circa 1950

   A possible answer?

           Smart Growth vs. Sprawl Growth

How has this love affair come about?
Smart Growth
     James Street South, Lower City
     One of Hamilton’s first neighbourhoods
     Mixed-use development
     Walkable
     Transit-connected

How has this love affair come about?
Smart Growth

How has this love affair come about?
Sprawl Growth
   Upper James Street South, Escarpment
   A newer, North American style development
   Areas have separate uses: residential,
    commercial, industrial/other
   Does not encourage walking, cul-de-sacs for
    traffic control
   Transit exists, but to a lesser extent in

How has this love affair come about?
Sprawl Growth

1900’s – 1950’s
Transit Connects Communities

     Streetcar lines were removed in the 1950s
     Trolly bus lines were removed in the 1980s

1950’s – Present
Cars Connect Communities
 Each day Canadians increasingly rely on their
  cars to travel to work, school, recreational
  facilities and other common destinations
 We do this because we have designed are
  neighborhoods around the car
 We have expanded far from the city core,
  making transit less effective

 Cars are convenient                Okay, maybe
 We can’t be responsible for the planningthe
                                   they pollute
                                  air a bit – but not
  mistakes of the past              as much as all
     We   now need cars to get around!       this industry
                                             AND climate
   Cars don’t effect health?               change can’t be

Why Act Now?
   Population Growth – 2.6 million more by 2031
     Additional 1.3 million cars (GTHA wide)
     55% growth in auto traffic by 2031 (MTO)
     Greater than 100 000 more people in Hamilton
   Environmental Aspects
     Climate Change
        35% of emissions from transportation
     Energy Supply
        Price fluctuations and spikes – Gas

 Why Act Now?
    Congestion
        GTHA fourth most congested urban area in N.A.
        Costs $2 billion (2005) to $3+ billion (2021)
        To worsen by 45% from 2005 to 2035
        Travel time from Hamilton to Toronto = 2 hours

“Expanding roadways to accommodate
traffic is a bit like combating obesity by
buying larger pants.”
                – Lloyd Wright, Transportation Consultant

Why Act Now?
   Health
     Smog-related air pollution results in sick time
     $374 million (2005) to $467 million (2006)

     Traffic collisions: a public and private expense
     $9 billion annually including lost productivity (1998)

     Car commuters are 13% more likely to be obese

      Obesity and Transportation are linked!

Obesity, Land Use & Transportation
   Sprawl growth discourages walking for:
     Short Trips
     Daily Commutes

   As Work-Life distance increases,
           Work-Life balance is disrupted

   Decreased use of transit reduces the
    amount of daily walking/steps one takes

Obesity, Land Use & Transportation

 Home, Work, Community and Transportation
 design, in the last three decades, have
 engineered physical activity out of our daily

Is there Hope?
   Active Living Movement
     Re-engineer activity back into daily life
     Each additional 1 Km (8-10 min of walking)
      is associated with a 4.8% reduction in
      obesity (Frank et. Al, 2004)
     Supported by short trips via walking, cycling
      and taking transit
   The 30 – 60 minutes of required physical
    activity per day can be achieved with
    moderate and distributed activity
Is there Hope?
   How do we encourage Active Living
     Public Policy
     Education and
     Promotion of:

       Infrastructure Renewal
       Land Uses
       Active Transportation and Transit
       Workplace and Employer Programs
    Sustainable Transportation
Transportation Demand Management

 Healthier lifestyles and reduced risk
  of chronic diseases (e.g. heart
  disease, stroke, obesity)
 Cleaner air and reduced
  transportation emissions
 Well linked communities with strong
  social ties and sense of place
 Integrated transportation system with
  efficient connections to transit

 Lower fossil-fuel consumption travel
 Lower emissions
 Reduced noise pollution
 Less land consumed for transportation
 Enjoyment of nature and greater appreciation of
  the environment

                       I’d be happier if
                       I was wearing a
 Happier commuters are more
  productive employees
 More affordable transportation
 Reduced development costs
  (e.g. less parking and fewer
  roads required)
 More reliable travel time
 Healthier population and lower
  healthcare costs
Wait, what about Smart Cars and
Electric Cars?

   They help reduce emissions and improve air
    quality by they don’t solve the health or sprawl
Everything in Proportion
                Walking & Cycling
                Single Occupancy Vehicle

                Just like the food guide,
                 we need more of some
                 things than of others
                The same is true with

GTHA Looking Forward
   A high quality of life

   A thriving, sustainable and protected

   A strong, prosperous and competitive economy

Smart Commute – Who We Are
                     GTHA - Metrolinx
                     2001: BCRTMA / NTV
                     2004: 404-7
                     2005:
                        Mississauga
                        NE Toronto
                        Hamilton
                     2006:
                        Brampton-Caledon
                        Halton
                     2007:
                        Central York
                        Durham
                     2008: Toronto-Central

What is Smart Commute?
 Initiative to take action on healthy
  lifestyles, congestion, climate
  change and air quality through
  transportation efficiency
 Governed by Steering Committee
 Administered/funded by Metrolinx
 Tracking best practices
 Provincial-municipal partnership

Join Us!
A growing organization in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

   Smart Commute provides a range of programs
    and services that:
       improve commuting options
       encourage active forms of transportation
       increase employee satisfaction
       complement health and wellness programs
       positively impact your organization’s bottom line

    TDM = Walk, Cycle, Take Transit, Carpool, Carshare

Join Us!
A growing organization in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
  “Smart Commute played a key role in improving our profitability
  through our productivity and real estate savings. Any company
  interested in making their operations more efficient should take a
  serious look at signing up with Smart Commute.”
  – President, Smart Commute Employer

Smart Commute saves you money

   Corporate Benefits                                10% increase in productivity
                                                     10% decrease in absenteeism
     Attraction & retention of staff                 15% savings in utility costs
      from a larger candidate pool                        Increased morale
                                                        Improved recruitment
     Next generation employees                             Better retention
      have different needs
     Reduced facility costs from
      parking and office space
     Enhanced corporate standing
      in the community
      (Source: peer-reviewed research from local and international sources)

                             Darn! I forgot
                             my helmet at
Benefits                     home - this is
Smart Commute saves you money not safe!

   Benefits to staff:
       Reduced commuting costs
       Increased job satisfaction
       Better work–life balance
       Improved health and well-being

   Community benefits:
     Improved air quality
     Reduced traffic congestion and travel time
     More efficient use of infrastructure and taxes
Why Act Now?
   Meet Employee Needs
     Some employees choose not to drive and
      are looking for other options
     Some would like to be active and bike or
      walk to work, if possible                  25 – 50 %
     Others are interested in transit
     Carpooling appeals to those who would
      like to save money on gas and
     Finally, a large amount of employees
      choose to drive                            50 – 75 %

Success with Smart Commuting

   AT&T
     Teleworking saved the company $180 million in 2003
     70% of teleworkers report working additional hours during the
      time they would have spent commuting
     63% of teleworkers report increased job satisfaction because of
   McMaster University
       Effective Carpooling program with preferred carpool parking
       Increased employee cycling and walking percentages
       Developed secure bike parking facilities
       Lowered demand for parking to the point where there is surplus

   Methodology
     Determine Needs
       –   Surveys
       –   Site assessment
       –   Vehicle counts
       –   Employer consultation
     Devise a Plan
       – Programming & Events
       – Employer initiatives
       – Location-based analysis
         and mapping

   Provide and improve choices for employees
     Carpooling
       – Carpool Zone:
       – Preferential parking (on employer site)
     Emergency Ride Home
       – “Commuter insurance”
       – Rebate program to subsidize emergency rides home in lieu of
         having a personal automobile on the work site
     Subsidized Transit
       – Exclusive discounts on transit passes
       – Matching Program with city contributing up to 20% of pass cost
     Alternative work arrangements
       – Telework Consultation
     A Suite of Interactive On-line Services

   Carpool Zone
       Employee Ride-matching service
       Connects employees with similar commutes
       Allows for customized profiles
       Maintains employee privacy
       Available in seven languages
       5,000 active participants in database
       $3.6 million in commuter savings
       200 tonnes of reduced GHG emission/month

 Active transportation promotion and
 infrastructure improvement
   Secure Bike Parking
     – support construction of facilities that protect cycling investments
   Interactive Maps and Cycling/Walking User Groups
     – Supporting active transportation in the workplace
   Cycling and Walking Analysis
     – Highlight cycling/walking routes and safe corridors
     – Determine percentage of your employees that are located within
       walking, cycling and transit range and estimated travel times.
   Bike and Walk to Work Initiatives
     – give employees the chance to become familiar with bike routes to
       their workplace, with the help of on-line route maps
   Bike to Work Day (May 31)
     GTHA Wide event
     Prizes for employees who cycle to work
   Open Streets Hamilton (June 6)
     James St. North closed to Car Traffic and Open to pedestrians
      and cyclists
   Clean Air Commute (June 14 – 18)
     Replaces the Commuter Challenge
     Workplace based challenge occurring GTHA wide and
      organized by Pollution Probe
     Free for Smart Commute Employers, $500 to $2000 for non-SC

Other TDM Projects
   Transportation 101: School-based TDM
     Active and Safe Routes to School
     School travel planning
   Bike-sharing Best Practices
     Study underway
     Feasibility of bicycle lending library system

Smart Commute is more than its services – it’s a
   chance for employers to be involved in the
       health of the community and GTHA
How do you join?
Cost: Free to employers
- Sign Agreement
- Perform Employee Survey
- Set-up Carpoolzone
- Attend Transportation Management
  Association Meetings

Thank you!
Peter Topalovic
Project Manager - TDM
Smart Commute Hamilton
905-546-2424 x. 5129

Alan Kirkpatrick
Manager – Strategic Planning
City of Hamilton Public Works
905-546-2424 x. 7413


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