The city of Peterborough’s long-term plan for cycling could see its trail network more than triple over the next two decades and beyond, according to a proposed master plan for cycling.
On Monday, City Council will vote on whether to approve the Cycling Master Plan, which aims to “build a more bike-friendly city” to encourage more residents of all ages to choose bicycles as their transportation option all day long. year.
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A summary of the plan is available on the city’s website.
The plan would mean an annual capital investment from the city of $1.5 million, according to a report presented to city council by Michael Papadacos, the city’s acting commissioner, infrastructure and planning services.
The plan indicates that there are currently 80 kilometers of cycle network paths, including 42 kilometers of multi-purpose paths and 31 kilometers of cycle paths and seven kilometers of multi-purpose boulevard paths.
The city says that between 2006 and 2016, cycling increased from 0.8% to 4.7% of all trips under five kilometers made by households in Peterborough – “much more than peer cities of similar size in Ontario,” the report said.
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Following extensive public consultations and stakeholder meetings over the past two years, the plan will use a “Run-Run” scenario, which was approved by City Council in July 2021.
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The hybrid scenario has a number of goals, such as improving cycling facilities in high-density areas close to the city center, ensuring that all residents within two kilometers of the city center are within less than 400 meters from a cycling facility and increased funding for programming and trails. investment.
“Implementing the Accelerate-Spark scenario has the potential to increase future cycling modal share to 10-12%, depending on the level of Spark network improvements that are implemented,” Papadacos said.
“This scenario reflects the development of the local cycling culture, which reinforces cycling as a viable transportation choice among a much larger proportion of the population, as increased ridership exponentially increases the visibility of cyclists. .”
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The plan’s “ultimate cycle network” would be 284 kilometers and the construction time frame extends “beyond the 20-year horizon of this plan”, Papadaco’s report notes.
Recommendations for the cycling network — both short-term and long-term — include:
- Improvements to 12 kilometers of the existing network, including resurfacing and intersection improvements (areas of interest include the Rotary Greenway Trail and the Parkway Trail between Lansdowne Street and Clonsilla Avenue).
- Construction of cross roads, including about 50 kilometers of new infrastructure in the short and medium term. The focus would be on rebuilding sections of Lansdowne Street West, Brealey Drive and Sherbooke Street West.
Long term (implemented as external funding permits):
- A new river crossing near Riverview Park and Zoo.
- A new bridge to accommodate a multi-use pathway crossing the Otonabee River at the location of the existing rail bridge just north of Lansdowne Street.
- Bike paths along Crescent Street.
- A multi-use trail along Towerhill Road.
- Cycling connections to Fleming College along Whittington Drive and Crawford Drive.
The master plan notes that funding for capital projects will include traditional tax-supported funding, development charges applied to new growth, funding from external provincial and federal government programs, and existing municipal reserve funds.
The report states that over the nine-year period between 2012 and 2020, the city invested approximately $19.1 million in on-road cycling trails and infrastructure – approximately $2.1 million per year, of which $1.5 million in city funding and $0.6 million in external funding.
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