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The 2021 Cycling Network Expansion will largely be completed by line painting with no heavy construction required. These 2021 road construction projects include the addition of dedicated bike lanes:
Bell Farm Road Reconstruction
Big Bay Point Road Transportation Improvements
Harvie Road / Big Bay Point Highway 400 Crossing
The City's 2019 Transportation Master Plan recommends the implementation of a city-wide comprehensive cycling network. The 2021 Cycling Network Expansion will significantly improve connectivity in Barrie's cycling network.
2021 Cycling Network Expansion map illustrates approved and proposed additions. The project will see the implementation of cycling lanes on the following streets:
See the Cycling and Multi-Use Trail Network map to view the ultimate network identified in the City's Transportation Master Plan.
The adjustments made to the current road platform to accommodate bicycle lanes would provide a
traffic calming effect and help reduce congestion around schools by providing safe cycling facilities to encourage school travel by active transportation. The adjustments made to the road platform would continue to accommodate current and projected traffic volumes.
The recommended motion within the Staff Report re 2021 CYCLING NETWORK EXPANSION - HANMER STREET EAST AND BAYVIEW DRIVE (WARDS 3 AND 8) was adopted by City Council. Bicycle lanes shall be implemented on Hanmer Street and Bayview Drive as outlined. The Traffic By-law was updated accordingly.
The City has completed a mailout, including comment sheet, to residents who would be directly impacted by the Hanmer Street and Bayview Drive cycling lanes. Staff plan to present a final recommendation to Council in June 2021. Implementation would be subject to Council approval. Completion of Johnson Street and Little Avenue cycling lanes is tentatively scheduled for fall 2021.
The cycling lanes will be implemented by using a road diet. A road diet is an environmentally friendly, low carbon impact approach to implement cycling infrastructure in a cost-effective manner by reallocating road space from automobiles (requiring the removal of travel lanes and/or on-street parking) to cycling lanes. This work is largely completed by line painting with no heavy construction required. Typical road diets include:
Active transportation is an important and legitimate form of transportation that benefits all citizens, regardless if they personally choose to participate in active transportation as it provides the following benefits
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