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Improving the Ability to Get Around Kilometres of Active Transportation Routes

icons Council Strategic Plan Report

Kilometres of Active
Transportation Routes

Kilometres of active transportation routes is one of three key performance indicators relating to the Improving the Ability to Get Around priority, one of five priorities outlined in City Council's 2018–2022 Strategic Plan.

Why this Measure Matters

Improving the active transportation network in the City provides viable options for the community to choose active transportation options making this a good leading indicator. Active transportation routes include bike and walking trails, bike lanes and sidewalks.

2020 Performance: +27.1 km

In 2020, active transportation routes were improved by adding a total of 27.10 kilometres of bike lanes/urban shoulders and sidewalks/trails. When added to the total reported in 2019, there are 1,000.1 km of active transportation routes in Barrie.

A bicycle lane is a portion of roadway that has been designated by pavement markings for the use of bicyclists. An urban shoulder is a painted white edge line that creates a separated cycling facility from the vehicle travel lanes where dedicated cycling facilities are not provided.

Built in 2019Built in 2020
Bicycle LanesZero (0) km​15.38 km
​Urban Shoulders​N/A​7.38 km
Sidewalks/ Trails2.154 km​4.34 km
​TOTAL​2.154 km 27.1​ km
Source: Development Services department. Data correspond to cycling infrastructure and sidewalks that were built in years indicated. If the infrastructure was constructed, paid for and in used in the noted year, it is included above.

2020 Performance Breakdown

Location​Type Total length (km)
Avenue (Big Bay Point to Mapleview East)​Bicycle lane3.33
Georgian Drive (Penetanguishene to Johnson )​Bicycle lane1.19
​Livingstone Street East (Cundles East to Stanley )​Bicycle lane​4.55
​Mapleton Avenue (Essa to Batteaux )​Bicycle lane​5.23
Hurst Drive (Minet’s Point to Bay )​Bicycle lane1.08
Marsellus Drive (Mapleton to Mapleview West)​urban shoulder 3.35
Tiffin Street (Ferndale to Essa )​urban shoulder 4.03
Hurst Drive (North Side, Minet’s Point to Bay) ​Multi-use sidewalk/trails0.44
Various​Sidewalks/trails in new subdivisions 3.90
Source: Development Services department

2020 Activities

Continued advancement of the work outlined in the master plans.

Previous Years' Activities


As of December 2019, the City had 973 km of active transportation routes. In 2019, the City built 2.154 km of sidewalks and trails.

2019 Activities

The City made a concentrated effort in the five years prior to 2019 to build active transportation options.

Active Transportation Strategy / Update to the Multi-Model Active Transportation Master Plan / Trails Master Plan 2019
This plan provides a blueprint for enhancing walking and cycling infrastructure, programs and initiatives over the next 20+ years. It identifies long-term recommendations to help guide implementation and provides City staff and its partners with tools, references and guidelines to aid in the future of active transportation decision making.                     

Active Transportation Planning Techniques:

  • Adding Bicycle Lanes to a portion of a roadway designated by pavement markers
  • Installing Sharrows a road marking which shows a bicycle with two chevrons. It is meant to be a reminder for residents to share the road when driving or cycling, but unlike a bike lane, a sharrow does not impact on-street parking. In addition to the pavement marking symbol, supplemental road signs are also posted to remind users to “Share the Road”.
  • Road Diets, reallocating space on the roadway to other modes of transportation, such as cycling or transit    
  • Urban shoulder is a painted white edge line that creates a separated cycling facility from the vehicle travel lanes where dedicated cycling facilities are not provided. An urban shoulder improves the operation and safety for cyclists as it provides a separate travel lane from vehicle travel, and offset from roadside obstructions such as catch basins.
  • Road Right-sizing takes large roadways with under-capacity traffic (low volumes) and introduce steps to provide bicycle lanes and opportunities for residents to access their properties without disrupting through traffic. The improvements benefit all modes of transportation including transit, bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. Benefits include traffic calming, reduced collisions and injuries, improved mobility and access, and improved livability and quality of life. Traffic Services staff perform Before & After Studies on roadways to gauge effectiveness.

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