Transportation Demand Management
The Fraser Basin Council has assisted a number of BC local governments — in particular communities of under 150,000 people — in planning more sustainable transportation systems through a program called “Transportation Demand Management for Small and Mid-Size Communities.”
Transportation demand management (TDM) is an approach that aims to reduce travel by automobile by 1) diverting single passenger vehicle trips to other modes of transportation and 2) by shifting automobile travel away from peak hours.
A TDM strategy includes options for public transit and ride-sharing, as well as cycling and walking. There are multiple benefits: vehicle and fuel cost savings, more active transportation choices, fewer greenhouse gases and other harmful emissions, and an opportunity for BC communities to avoid large expenditures in the replacement and expansion of road infrastructure.
The TDM Toolkit
“Championing Sustainable Transportation in Small and Mid-Size Communities” was a workshop series held in Vernon, Cranbrook and Vancouver (at UBCM) in 2009 and 2010. These were popular and attracted over 150 participants from local governments, the provincial government, businesses, transit authorities, health authorities, NGOs and transportation-related organizations. (Thanks to Transportation Canada’s MOST Program and the BC Ministry of Environment for funding the program, and to Smart Planning for Communities for additional funding for the TDM Toolkit.)
FBC has since facilitated a number of community workshops on TDM and welcomes enquiries from other communities.
Would you like to learn about transportation demand management and how it might benefit your community? Facilitators in our Smart Planning for Communities program can provide an overview within their range of complimentary services. If you would like direct support, consider asking FBC to tailor a TDM workshop or develop a strategy for your community. We welcome your call: