To encourage people to use public transit, particularly when it is cold outside, it would be brilliant to have "extra frequent" bus/LRT service. Buses every 5 mins. This would mitigate any time waiting outside in the frigid cold. More often than not, we have the opposite service [infrequent/unrealiable] bus service in the winter.
Create and groom cross country ski trails throughout the river valley for recreation and commuting. The trails can be anchored by 'warm up' shacks and open community fire pits. These warm up shacks can be fixed assets that also offer services in the summer (bike rentals, ice cream...)