With summer in full swing, it provides the perfect opportunity for all of us to get outside, enjoy our community and explore alternate modes of transportation. This includes biking, walking, carpooling and taking public transit. As we look to the future and continue to concentrate the majority of our growth in Newmarket’s urban centres (Davis Drive and Yonge Street), this type of development will be more compact, pedestrian-friendly and accessible by public transit.

We have taken great steps forward with the transformation of Davis Drive, providing Newmarket with an advanced, future-focused rapid transit system. There has been a 62 per cent increase in ridership on Davis Drive since 2015, with 75 per cent of riders travelling on Viva. Now, we have turned the corner on to Yonge Street with approximately one third of the construction complete. Please help to support our local Yonge Street businesses by participating in the #MyYongeStreet selfie contest, on now until September 3. Take a selfie with your purchase from any business along Yonge Street Newmarket ( between Savage Road/Sawmill Valley Drive and Davis Drive), share the image on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #MyYongeStreet and you will be entered into weekly random draws for a chance to win one of three Yonge Street shopping sprees. For more details visit vivanext.com/selfiecontest

Creating an active transportation (human- powered transportation) network is a key part of our community culture. This is an exciting time for Newmarket. The Town is working to create a more comfortable environment for residents to walk, cycle and roll. Construction has now begun on the Town’s new East-West Bikeway. In addition to the Tom Taylor Trail, this will form another key active transportation corridor in our Town.  The Bikeway will consist of dedicated cycling lanes, allowing cyclists to travel safely in an east-west corridor from the GO Transit station to Leslie Street.

Active transportation provides the opportunity to be physically active, reduces road congestion and greenhouse gas emissions and saves money on gas and parking. Providing alternative ways for people to navigate through Newmarket and beyond our borders is a very important part of creating a livable, sustainable community. I hope to see you on the trails!