Cycling Master Plan

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Three young children cycling through an obstacle course during the pulse event downtown where the street is opened up for many activities.

Public Engagement #2

Our second on-line Public Engagement for the Cycling Master Plan is completed and the results are now available. Thank you to everyone who participated! We recognize that at this stage in the process, there is a lot of material to read and comment on. The information slides are still available to read and comments can be sent at any time to the project managers.

About the Cycling Master Plan

We are creating a Cycling Master Plan that will identify strategies to improve and grow cycling in the City of Peterborough. More details are provided at the bottom of this section. Note that we have new information posted in the documents section:

  • Background report - provides information on the current status of cycling in the City, describes reports that feed into the Cycling Master Plan, provides a summary of the first public engagement in the summer of 2020
  • Results from the Interactive Mapping Summer 2020 - An interactive map was on-line for several months. People could place pins to indicate where they like to cycle and where they avoid cycling.
  • Vision and Goals Summary - This is the summary of the vision and goals that have been developed with input from the public engagements.

More About the Cycling Master Plan

We are striving to become a more bicycle friendly city, one where people feel safe and welcome to bicycle to destinations and for recreation. The Cycling Master Plan will:

  1. Identify strategies to improve the current silver bicycle friendly rating of the City to gold or platinum.
  2. Review and update the Cycling Network in the 2012 Comprehensive Transportation Plan, incorporating changes and new opportunities for cycling infrastructure, including an infrastructure development and prioritization strategy
  3. Develop functional design concepts for streets where work is planned in the near future.
  4. Provide recommendations and cost estimates for a maintenance program to encourage year-round cycling.
  5. Develop design standards for cycling infrastructure that is informed by best practices for cyclist safety.
  6. Include a multi-year action plan with a list of priority projects for the next 5 years to implement the most strategic components of the plan.
  7. Identify effective programming to increase the visibility and acceptance of cycling as a preferred choice of travel mode.

The Cycling Master Plan will feed into the update of the City's Transportation Plan, which will be taking place at the same time. We will look at ways to grow and support the use of regular bikes and e-bikes including infrastructure needs, policies, programming and design standards.

We are seeking input into the development of the plan to help guide the vision of cycling in the City, identify infrastructure and programming needs and to prioritize projects. Along the way, we will report back on our findings and recommendations. We will also be using case studies to show what works in other communities following an evidence-based approach.

Public Engagement #2

Our second on-line Public Engagement for the Cycling Master Plan is completed and the results are now available. Thank you to everyone who participated! We recognize that at this stage in the process, there is a lot of material to read and comment on. The information slides are still available to read and comments can be sent at any time to the project managers.

About the Cycling Master Plan

We are creating a Cycling Master Plan that will identify strategies to improve and grow cycling in the City of Peterborough. More details are provided at the bottom of this section. Note that we have new information posted in the documents section:

  • Background report - provides information on the current status of cycling in the City, describes reports that feed into the Cycling Master Plan, provides a summary of the first public engagement in the summer of 2020
  • Results from the Interactive Mapping Summer 2020 - An interactive map was on-line for several months. People could place pins to indicate where they like to cycle and where they avoid cycling.
  • Vision and Goals Summary - This is the summary of the vision and goals that have been developed with input from the public engagements.

More About the Cycling Master Plan

We are striving to become a more bicycle friendly city, one where people feel safe and welcome to bicycle to destinations and for recreation. The Cycling Master Plan will:

  1. Identify strategies to improve the current silver bicycle friendly rating of the City to gold or platinum.
  2. Review and update the Cycling Network in the 2012 Comprehensive Transportation Plan, incorporating changes and new opportunities for cycling infrastructure, including an infrastructure development and prioritization strategy
  3. Develop functional design concepts for streets where work is planned in the near future.
  4. Provide recommendations and cost estimates for a maintenance program to encourage year-round cycling.
  5. Develop design standards for cycling infrastructure that is informed by best practices for cyclist safety.
  6. Include a multi-year action plan with a list of priority projects for the next 5 years to implement the most strategic components of the plan.
  7. Identify effective programming to increase the visibility and acceptance of cycling as a preferred choice of travel mode.

The Cycling Master Plan will feed into the update of the City's Transportation Plan, which will be taking place at the same time. We will look at ways to grow and support the use of regular bikes and e-bikes including infrastructure needs, policies, programming and design standards.

We are seeking input into the development of the plan to help guide the vision of cycling in the City, identify infrastructure and programming needs and to prioritize projects. Along the way, we will report back on our findings and recommendations. We will also be using case studies to show what works in other communities following an evidence-based approach.

  • Completing the George Street Cycling Lanes

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    The first cycling lanes in Peterborough were on George and Water Street between McDonnel Street and Hiliard Street. Cycling has come a long way since these lanes were installed in 1995. Just think, that was the same year that the first two trails were built as well, the one through Jackson Park and the Rotary Greenway Trail. Most of us spend so much time on the trails it would be hard to imagine a Peterborough without them today.

    The George Street cycling lanes were a pilot when they were first installed and parking was permitted in them outside of the main commuting times, so they didn't work as well as many cyclists had hoped. A few years ago, the lanes were upgraded and extended south to Hunter Street when the road was resurfaced. The lanes were then extended south to Lake Street in 2019.

    This year, George Street is being micro-surfaced between Lake Street and Lansdowne Street, so we will once again have the opportunity to extend the cycling lanes. When a road is micro-surfaced or resurfaced, it's like wiping the chalk board clean and starting fresh. This is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to add to our cycling network.

    The public consultation on this project has finished and a report to City Council on this project is anticipated later this winter. Stay tuned!


  • Recommendations for Cycling Lanes on Charlotte Street

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    Charlotte Street between Park Street and Hospital Drive is one of eight stretches of road that the Cycling Master Plan will look into in more detail to be ready with a plan when road works take place. This section of Charlotte Street is being resurfaced this fall, making it an ideal time to look at changes in how the pavement markings are laid out.

    In July, the City held a public consultation about cycling lanes on Charlotte Street. Staff and the consultant on the project, the IBI Group, have reviewed the input and looked at the technical aspects of the project to make a series of recommendations found in Report IPSTR20-025 on the Agenda for the General Committee meeting of Council on September 14.

  • Cycling Lanes on Charlotte Street?

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    You may be wondering what work is being done on Charlotte Street west of Park Street. To preserve the pavement, it is being micro-surfaced, a treatment that keeps asphalt in good condition for longer, economically. As part of this project, we are looking at whether this section of Charlotte Street should have cycling facilities. When the top layer of asphalt is replaced, it is the ideal time to change the layout of a street because we will be starting with a blank slate in terms of pavement markings. The curbs are remaining the same, so there will be no changes to the trees, boulevard, sidewalks or driveways. Any changes we are looking at are on the street itself, from curb to curb. For a full picture of this aspect of the project, watch our video presentation.

    So, what are the options? Between Park Street and Monaghan Road, there is currently a parking lane on the north side and two vehicle lanes, one in each direction. If the parking lane were removed, there would be enough room to put in cycling lanes instead. Examining the options here is part of the scope of the Cycling Master Plan project that the IBI Group is currently leading. They have looked at the options (two-way cycling lane, etc.) and are recommending one cycling lane in each direction.

    The image below depicts how the street would be configured with cycling lanes, including a small, painted buffer.


    For the section of Charlotte Street between Monaghan Road and Hospital Drive, there are several changes that would be needed to fit in cycling lanes. One eastbound vehicle lane would need to be removed just east of Sherbrooke Street, new left turn lanes provided at the Westmount Pharmacy and the Medical Centre and the left turn lane at Monaghan Road would be a shorter, dedicated lane,

    We want to know what you think about these concepts to include cycling infrastructure along Charlotte Street. Fill out the survey to provide your comments.

    Charlotte Street Survey

  • Updates

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    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
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    Check here for updates on the Cycling Master Plan.