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A vibrant, resilient community with clean air, healthy citizens, and a safe, accessible and interconnected transportation system.


Through partnership-building, advocacy and leadership, we want to build awareness of and support for strategies that lead to progressive active transportation policies.

Strategic Plan

You can access the Active Transportation Action Group’s full Strategic Plan here:  Action Group Strategic Plan

The Active Transportation Action Group looks forward to providing a citizens’ voice in helping to build vibrant, resilient communities with clean air, healthy citizens, and a safe, accessible and interconnected active transportation system throughout the region.

Get involved!  

Anyone can join the Active Transportation Group.  If you are interested, contact us at Transition Cornwall+ at

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Photo credit: Susan Towndrow

Photo credit: Susan Towndrow

JUNE 5th to 11th – Take the Challenge



Register online at http://www.commuterchallenge

Challenge Rules

Challenge Poster

Challenge Events

Active Transportation Challenge Kick Off event – Friday June 3rd 12:15
Join us for the Active Transportation Challenge kick-off on Friday, June 3rd at 12:15 pm on the front terrace of the Cornwall Public Library. Attendees can find out more about the Challenge and the prizes that will be available!

Bikes & Badges Event – Saturday June 4th 10am-4pm
The Cornwall Community Police Bike Patrol Unit is offering a road safety course at St-Lawrence College on Saturday, June 4th from 10am to 1pm.  For more information, visit their website or please contact Cst. Casey MacGregor by email.

Clean Air Day – Free Cornwall Transit rides – Wednesday June 8th All Day
Cornwall Transit will be making it easy for residents to participate in the Active Transportation Challenge by offering free rides all day long on Wednesday, June 8th as part of its annual Clean Air Day promotion.

Group Bike Ride on the Recreational Path – Friday June 10th 8pm
On Friday June 10th starting at 8pm, the Cornwall Outdoor Club de Plein Air is hosting a fun cycling event for the community as part of the Active Transportation Challenge.   Participants will cycle to and from Lamoureux Park to Archie’s Golf Course along the City of Cornwall’s beautiful recreation path.  Decorate your ride & arrive early to sign in.  Wear reflective clothing, and bring lights for the ride back in the dark.   The group will be leaving from the Bandshell at 8 pm.



2016 Cornwall & Area Active Transportation Challenge

The 2016 Cornwall & Area Active Transportation Challenge will be held from June 5th to 11th.

For more information, you can join our mailing list , visit our web page on the City of Cornwall Website, or follow us on Facebook.

Cornwall & Area Finish 1st!

The Results are in for the 2015 Cornwall & Area Active Transportation Challenge which took place from May 31st – June 6th.

The City of Cornwall, Transition Cornwall+ and the Eastern Ontario Health Unit encouraged residents to leave their cars at home and take advantage of alternate modes of transportation as part of the Active Transportation Challenge!

Part of the national Commuter Challenge initiative, the Active Transportation Challenge rewarded participants for using active and alternate modes of transportation for work or leisure purposes. These include:

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Rollerblading
  • Public transit
  • Carpooling
  • Telecommuting

Overall, participation rates increased 30% from 2014 and participants logged more than twice the number of trips and kilometres!  In addition, compared to other participating communities of similar size from across Canada, Cornwall finished in 1st place!

Click on the image below for all the results.

City of Cornwall Results 2015_infographic

A number of participants were awarded prizes – including two commuter bicycles, a long board, helmet, running shoes, bicycle art work, a gift card, and transit and Choose Cornwall prize packs.

2015 winners

Stay tuned for details on the 2016 Challenge!

For more information, visit the challenge website at




Transportation Safety for All Users

To learn more about how you can be a safer transportation user, click on the links below to visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation:

Active Transportation 101

To learn more about active transportation, click on the links below to visit these great websites:

Plus, check out the short animated video on Active Transportation to find out more. 

Ontario Releases New Cycling Strategy

The Ontario Ministry of Transportation has released “#Cycle ON:  Ontario’s Cycling Strategy”.  The strategy outlines what needs to be accomplished over the 20 years to to promote cycling as a viable mode of tranportation.

To access the full strategy, visit the Ministry of Transportation’s website.

Cycling and Economics

  • Check out this great blog post “Four Ways Protected Bike Lanes Benefit Businesses“.  Although we may not be at the point of getting seperated bike lanes – the concept is something to consider.  Remember, people shop – cars don’t!
  • In working with community and municipal partners to advance the cause of cycling-friendly communities, it’s important to consider the economics of it all.  Check out this blog posting “Making The Economic Case for Cycling-Friendly Cities” for a review of a newly published book on the issue.

Selling active transportation needs to make sense (or ‘cents’) for all involved!

Walkability – Learn more!

  • If you’ve got about 30 minutes to spare, I would recommend that you check out the short documentary below by the folk at Every Body Walks.  It’s an inspiring piece that really speaks to the power of walking (and building walkable communities) for overall health and well being for all.  Click on the link to access the documentary:
  • Check out this great video by active transportation expert Jeff Speck.  Active transportation is about so much more than just getting people more active – it’s about building resilient communities!!



A big part of our role is to provide a voice for issues related to Active Transportation in Cornwall & the surrounding areas.  Through advocacy, we hope to inform both the public and decision-makers about the needs of all transportation users and ways to improve the safety and accessibility of all.  Have an active transportation issue you’d like to discuss?  Contact us at

Bike City, Great City Community Film Screening

As part of the 2015 Cornwall & Area Active Transportation Challenge, a film screening of the short documentary ‘Bike City, Great City‘ was held at the Benson Centre to an eager crowd of over 35 people:

Great cities for cycling are great places for everyone — including drivers. That’s the message of director and Ottawa City Councillor David Chernushenko’s new film Bike City, Great City, an uplifting look at why so many cities are starting to embrace cycling as a smart, convenient and cost-effective form of transportation.

 The film was followed by a Q&A session with the director and Ottawa city Councillor David Chernushenko.

Council Presentation

Two recent presentations to council urged council to continue their support and commitment for Active Transportation:

  • On February 9th, Chantal Lalonde Health Promotion Specialist with the Eastern Ontario Health Unit (and member of the Active Transportation Group) presented a report to council on the importance of supporting access to recreation.  Policy recommendations were made which included the importance of supporting active transportation as a means to increase access to safe recreation opportunities.  A lengthy discussion followed and council unanimously approved the report.
  • On March 23rd, three members of Transition Cornwall + delivered a presentation to council which highlight work from members and the action groups.  Council was urged to ‘renew their vows’ with Transition Cornwall+ and continue their commitment to working in collaboration to effect positive, healthy and sustainable changes within the City of Cornwall.  Words of support and congratulations were provided by a number of council members and the motion was passed unanimously!

To watch the council presentations, access the City of Cornwall’s archived council webcasts.

Support for Second Street Bicycle Lanes

We are thrilled to see the new bicycle lanes along Second Street East.  The Active Transportation Group submitted an initial letter in support of the new bikes lanes at time of consultation (read it here) and sent a follow-up letter after some discussions about removing them occurred (read here).

Walking the Talk for Sidewalks

The Active Transportation Group commended council on their decision to build a North shoulder sidewalk along Thirteenth Street.  Read the full letter here.

City of Cornwall Official Plan Review

This past Wednesday January 29th, the City of Cornwall hosted its first in a series of their Complete Cornwall workshops to help gather public input for the Official Plan review.  Our Active Transportation group was well-represented as was the larger Transition Cornwall+ group.

In addition to participating in the first workshop, we also sent a submission to the Official Plan review leads, Mr. Ken Bedford and Mr Rory Baksh.  The submission includes policy recommendations and planning guidelines that align with our group’s vision and objectives.

To read the full submission click here.

City Strategic Plan Submission

In 2013, the Active Transportation Group submitted a letter outlining recommendations for the City Council’s inclusion in their revised Strategic Plan (read it here).  We were quite pleased with the final Strategic Plan and look forward to working with the new Council in revising it.

Support for Bill 173 – Keeping Ontario’s Roads Safe Act

A letter was submitted to our local provincial Member of Parliament Jim McDonell, urging him to support Bill 173 which would further improve the Ontario Highway Traffic Act.  Highlights of the bill included:

  • Increased penalties for “dooring”, including demerit points to those who open their vehicle door in the path of an oncoming bicyclist.
  • Enhanced tools for municipalities to improve safety — contra-flow bicycle lanes, bicycle traffic signal leads that allow cyclists the opportunity to go ahead of motorized vehicles at intersections.
  • The introduction of a one-metre safe passing law and; and
  • The legalization of riding on paved shoulders

Our submission (read it here), was part of a provincial advocacy strategy lead by Share the Road Cycling Coalition.


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