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Transportation Demand Management

An investment in sustainable transportation is an investment in strong, healthy communities.

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

tdm_toolkit_170px.jpg A good primer on TDM is Transportation Demand Management (TDM): A Small and Mid-Size Communities Toolkit, released by FBC in 2009. In it you’ll find strategies and trends on sustainable transportation, along with case examples from across BC.


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.

Learn More

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:

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in the Fraser River Basin and throughout BC. Established in 1997, FBC is a collaboration of four orders of government (federal, provincial, local and First Nations) along with those from the private sector and civil society. We work with people in multiple sectors, helping them find collaborative solutions to today’s issues through a commitment to the social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability. Our focus is on healthy water and watersheds, action on climate change and air quality and strong, resilient communities and regions.

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Contact Us

FBC has offices in Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George. We also have staff located in Abbotsford and Vernon.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff.

Our main office is:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350
F: 604 488-5351