Do you drive an electric vehicle (EV) or are you interested in buying one? Then check out the community survey on getinvolvedburlington.ca to tell us about your experience in owning an EV or your thoughts about purchasing one (or why you might not). If you have more of an interest in micro mobility (cycling and scooters), we also have surveys available related to e-bikes and e-scooters. You can choose to complete one, two or all three surveys.
Your feedback will help us develop a community based Electric Mobility Strategy in partnership with BurlingtonGreen, a local environmental organization who has been delivering their well known ‘Make the Switch’ program for a number of years. This initiative focuses on helping community members switch to more active and low carbon transportation options, reduce energy consumption at home, adopt low-waste living practices, and more. In fact, BurlingtonGreen currently has a campaign encouraging EV owners to “Share Your EV Story” to help others in the community to make the switch.
In addition to your feedback, we will also be reviewing and assessing available EV data, best practices, policies and strategies from other municipalities, surveying the community and reaching out to talk to key stakeholders. A draft list of recommended actions to support electric mobility in Burlington will be posted later this spring on getinvolvedburlington.ca for public feedback and a report to City Council is planned for the 3rd quarter of this year.
In 2019, City Council declared a climate emergency and, in 2020, approved the Climate Action Plan, setting a target for the community to be net carbon neutral by 2050. The Electric Mobility Strategy was identified as a key program area to help meet the target.
We know that electric mobility will not solve all of our transportation problems. To be a livable, healthy and vibrant community, we also need to prioritize sustainable, integrated mobility options like walking, cycling and transit. While you’re on the getinvolvedburlington.ca site to complete the electric mobility survey(s), you can also wander over to the Integrated Mobility Plan page to see lots of great information related to the development of that plan.
Did you know?
- The transportation sector represents around 40% of the total GHGs emitted in Burlington. This makes it the largest single source of greenhouse gas emissions in the city.
- The City has installed 26 electric vehicle charging stations on city property with more additional stations to be installed this year.
- Charging is free at the publicly available stations, however, a parking fee may apply depending on the lot and time of day.
- The City is planning for the installation of a level 3 or fast charger in the downtown core later this year.
- Research has shown that people who ride e-bikes tend to ride further and more frequently.
Take Action Burlington! Share your feedback as we develop the Electric Mobility Strategy. Collectively we can make a difference to reduce community emissions.