In November 2013, Alberta Transportation (AT) provided the AAMDC with a draft copy of Trails in Alberta Highway Rights-of-Way: Policies, Guidelines, and Standards. The AAMDC distributed the document to members for comment. The submission window closed on December 19, 2013.

The following summarizes the AAMDC’s key comments as submitted to Alberta Transportation:

In many cases, the endpoints of a trail will receive the majority of its economic benefits, while the municipality through which the trail passes receives little or no benefit. As the manual is written, if a trail passes through a highway right-of-way, regardless of its beginning and end point, the municipality in which the right-of-way is located is responsible for approvals, maintenance, and liability regardless of whether or not it derives any economic benefit from the trail.

  • AT must clarify what information municipalities will be required to provide before the municipality approves a trail in a highway right-of-way. Currently, the manual allows AT to require the municipality to provide additional (and potentially costly) information after the municipality has approved the trail.
  • The AAMDC appreciates that the requirement for an MOU between AT and the involved municipality that clarifies the municipality’s responsibilities is included in the manual. The option for municipalities to form a concurrent MOU with local trail proponents should be specified in the manual.
  • The manual must clarify the definition of “safety and utilitarian transportation” when allowing for the possibility of Alberta Transportation funding the construction and/or maintenance of trails in highway rights-of-way.
  • The manual must clarify who will be responsible for enforcement on non-provincial trails in provincial highway rights-of-way.
  • The exclusion of horse-drawn vehicles from the definition of modes of transportation supported for trail use is problematic. It is inconsistent with an existing government-published trail classifications guide that defines horse-drawn vehicles as an approved mode of trail transportation. It also overlooks the important utilitarian purpose of horse-drawn vehicles in rural Alberta. 

The AAMDC appreciates the feedback provided by members. The above comments reflect the concerns of rural municipalities and will improve the fairness of the manual.

Enquiries may be directed to:

Wyatt Skovron
Policy Analyst
780.955.4096

Kim Heyman
Director, Advocacy & Communications
780.955.4079

Latest News

23 Feb 2017 15:41 Changes to the Viability Review Process Announced

In January, the Government of Alberta approved changes to the Viability Review Process within the Municipal Sustainability Strategy. The Viability Review Process is the process which a municipality goes through to determine whether it should remain an incorporated entity, or whether it should be...

Read More ...
21 Feb 2017 20:54 Spring 2017 Tradeshow Registration DEADLINE EXTENDED

The deadline for registration for the AAMDC Spring 2017 Tradeshow has been extended to Friday, February 24, 2017. Due to an overwhelming amount of interest, we have released some additional booth spaces, but they’re going fast, so register now! Booth fees for AAMDC Approved Suppliers are $800, and...

Read More ...
21 Feb 2017 20:45 Resolutions for the AAMDC Spring 2017 Convention Now Available

The resolutions that will be presented during the resolutions session at the AAMDC Spring 2017 Convention are now available. The attached resolutions package was distributed to all AAMDC CAOs on Friday, February 17, 2017 to allow increased time for addition to council agendas.  Emergent...

Read More ...

AAMDC Trade

To enhance the buying power of all members and associate members by ensuring the availability of quality, competitively-priced goods and services on a province wide basis.
 

Jubilee Insurance

Jubilee Insurance Agencies Ltd. has been helping make organizations safer for over 50 years.
 

PFA Canada

PFA Canada helps create mutually beneficial relationships between fuel suppliers and our AAMDC member municipalities and associations.
 

Advocacy

Advocacy works to ensure that provincial and federal decision-makers, industry and other relevant stakeholders understand and incorporate rural Alberta’s best interests in their policies.