The City of Kitchener’s Cycling and Trails Master Plan was honoured with the Award of Merit as part of the Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) 2021 Awards for Planning Excellence program in the category of Sustainable Mobility Transportation and Infrastructure. The CIP awards recognize projects that demonstrate innovation in planning and have a positive impact on the profession. 

The Cycling and Trails Master Plan, included in the City’s strategic plan, approaches mobility through an equity lens by improving transportation for people of all ages and abilities. The master plan integrates cycling routes and trails into a single master plan that embraces broad social, environmental, and economic priorities.  

The master plan was informed by extensive community engagement, including workshops with residents and city staff to evaluate the existing trail and cycling network. The input from the community gathered during these inclusive workshops was the basis for the plan, which a community working group then guided.  

The CIP Planning Excellence Awards program began in 1983 and has grown to include thirteen award categories. A jury of planning professionals from the public and private sectors represent every region and evaluate submissions nationally against extensive criteria. 

This is the second award win for the master plan. The first award was for the Transportation Planning Project of the Year by the Ontario Traffic Council (OTC). The CIP award is the first award received at a national level.   

Learn more about the City of Kitchener’s Cycling and Trails Master Plan. 

Read more about this award or to view past winners on the Canadian Institute of Planners webpage.