Located in Southeastern Alberta within the scenic South Saskatchewan River Valley, Medicine Hat is a
thriving community of over 60,000 residents. Known as the “Oasis of the Prairies” it offers more than 100
parks located throughout the city; and nearly 100 kilometres of recreational trails that are frequented by a
variety of users.
Needs Assessment and Public Consultation
The Leisure Trails and Alternative Transportation Needs Assessment and Public Consultation project began
as a result of several events that focused on the lack of bicycle lanes within the city. The first was a presentation to the Urban Environmental Recreation Advisory Board by a resident group with concerns about cycling routes and the current leisure trails and road network. Later, at the Active Transportation (Go for Green) Workshop held in November, 2007, it was determined that Medicine Hat was found to be above the provincial average of vehicles used to commute to work.
Various community interest groups began advocating for enhanced cycling opportunities and the development of On/Off Street Cycling Lanes in Medicine Hat. Additionally, a $10,000 grant from the Alberta Heart and Lung Association funded a research project by the University of Alberta entitled “Community Health and the Built Environment”. The objectives of that study concentrate on the role of community environments in reducing health risks and increasing physical activity.
To read the Leisure Trails & Alternative Transportation Report, click the document below: