Transportation ACES (Access Climate and Economic Security)
What is the Transportation Access, Climate and Economic Security (TACES) Project?
Transportation is the biggest source of climate pollution in the Capital Region, primarily from passenger vehicles. At the same time, transportation is the second largest household cost after shelter, greatly affecting affordability in our region. The TACES project will bring together people with lived experiences and organizations with expertise in climate, transportation, and equity to develop guidance on how to ensure climate action in transportation effectively addresses equity.
The Community Social Planning Council (CSPC) has been actively engaging with regional and international partners on just transitions. Within this initiative we have launched the three-year Transportation ACES project to design a regionally focused climate equity framework for transportation decision making. We are interested in using this framework to maximize co-benefits in program planning decisions that lead to the best climate, accessibility, and affordability outcomes. The Community Social Planning Council is currently working with the District of Saanich to test this framework on an e-bike incentive program. The framework will prioritize equitable program design, climate impacts and monitoring tools.
The CSPC has developed a multi-layered, cross-sectoral community engagement plan for the TACES Project. Working with community partners, local experts, and individuals with lived experience (BIPOC, LGBTQ+, seniors, people with disabilities, garage orphans, newcomers, women, low-income community members, and others), the CSPC will integrate equity, diversity, and inclusivity to ensure that the TACES project design, planning and implementation processes are informed by the intersectional perspectives and needs of the community.
The CSPC will convene and conform two advisory committees to help design, plan and implement the TACES project. . The Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee (EDAC) will assist in identifying transportation and equity priorities, issues, and successes for their organization’s members. The EDAC will also help to develop best practices and strategies for further engagement.
We are also looking to engage with regional stakeholders to establish community partnerships to promote, expand, and engage the TACES project at a regional level. We invite organizations from the Greater Victoria Region to participate in this project as we continue to establish community relations to ensure the sustainability of the TACES project.
“The Planning Department, Sustainability Division has been collaborating closely with the Community Social Planning Council on their Transportation Access, Climate, and Economic Security (ACES) program, and has benefitted from their input on climate-friendly transportation program design. Their expertise in calculating regional living wages, administering low-income public transit programs and convening participatory research with community-based organizations makes them extremely well-placed to advance regional conversation on climate equity in transportation.” – District of Saanich/Sustainability
“We support more community engagement to embed equity in climate action, particularly around transportation. We are able to bring the perspectives of immigrants, refugees, new Canadian citizens, and visible minorities into this project (with living wage honoraria). We hope to see projects like this shaping the COVID 19 recovery and encourage you to support this important work.” – VIRCS
“I see the need for more engagement of diverse cultural and race perspectives in the design of climate action in transportation and consider this work to be important. Too often the perspective of low-income individuals and those from BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and immigrant refugee identities are not represented in climate action and well-intentioned program design ends up reinforcing existing inequities. I encourage you to support the Community Council in its ongoing work to bridge social and environmental perspectives on climate action with community engagement, well-informed tools and propagating best practices.” – Ruth Mojeed /The Inclusion Project
“Transport equity and mobility justice are essential considerations for any transportation program, and an area of increasing focus for the public and decision-makers. This is particularly true for sustainable transportation strategies, and more focus on equity is needed in climate action plans. The transportation sector is a major contributor of global air pollutants and transport system access is a significant factor affecting household incomes and expenditures, along with considerations such as childcare and health services. I look forward to seeing the Saanich E-bike project move forward and collaborating with Saanich and the Community Social Planning Council on monitoring and evaluation.” – Alexander Bigazzi/Associate Professor @ UBC
District of Saanich E-Bike Incentive Pilot Program
The CSPC is working with the District of Saanich to improve equity in the design of the District’s Community E-Bike Incentive Pilot Program, as a case study in the larger TACES project described above. The pilot program was designed with community, industry, and stakeholder engagement and supported by a robust feasibility study drawing on academic research and international best practices. The District has partnered with the University of British Columbia and the Community Social Planning Council to integrate a study in the incentive program to evaluate:
- How rebates influence the uptake of e-bikes.
- Trip substitution by e-bike trips (i.e. are e-bikes replacing walking, cycling, transit, personal vehicle trips, or resulting in new leisure trips).
- GHG emission reductions from trip substitution.
- Changes in physical activity levels for personal transportation.
- Transportation affordability impacts households.
- Equity in accessing program across households of different incomes.
- Lessons learned to share with other jurisdictions.