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Active Transportation Project

​2022 Cycling Network Expansion

The City's Transportation Master Plan recommends the implementation of a city-wide comprehensive cycling network. The 2022 Cycling Network Expansion will significantly improve connectivity in Barrie's cycling network. 


Cycling infrastructure is implemented via three streams at the City:  Capital Projects, Road Right-Sizing and Road Renewal / Resurfacing Projects. 

Capital Projects

The implementation of cycling infrastructure is generally included on most corridor reconstruction projects wherever feasible, following recommendations contained in the City's Transportation Master Plan and subsequent completed Municipal Class Environmental Assessments (where applicable).  In 2022, the City has several ongoing capital projects that feature cycling infrastructure:

  • Bell Farm Road – St. Vincent Street to Duckworth Street
  • Big Bay Point Road – Bayview Drive to Huronia Road
  • Mapleview Drive East – Madelaine Drive to Yonge Street
  • McKay Road West and Veteran's Drive Intersection Improvements
  • Anne Street Bridge Replacement (MTO Project)

For information on these projects and other capital road projects, visit

Road Right-Sizing

Road right-sizing is the practice of reallocating road space more equitably to all road users with the goal of creating space for bicycle lanes.  Road right-sizing involves either removing underutilized travel lanes or narrowing travel lanes and/or the removal of on-street parking to create this space.  Road right-sizing is an efficient, economical and environmentally friendly approach to create cycling infrastructure and support equitable access to the City's transportation network.  Additionally, road right-sizing has a traffic calming effect which helps to slow traffic.

2-lane Conversion

diagram, 2-lane conversion

4-lane to 3-lane conversion

diagram, 4-lane to 3-lane conversion

As of Spring 2022, the City has implemented 28 kms of cycling infrastructure through road right-sizing. 

As part of the City's Cycle Barrie Infrastructure Program, the following roads have been approved for road right-sizing.  These roads are targeted for 2022 implementation:

  • Bayview Drive – Little Avenue to Burton Avenue 
  • Hanmer Street East – Bayfield Street to St. Vincent Street
  • Johnson Street – Shanty Bay Road to Georgian Drive
  • Little Avenue – Fairview Road to Hurst Drive

Road Renewal / Resurfacing Projects

When streets require asset management (or renewal) activities, the City undertakes a review to see if cycling infrastructure can be accommodated within the scope of the specific renewal project.  These reviews typically result in the recommendation for the inclusion of road right-sizing (see the preceding section) or, in consideration of in-situ constraints, the provision of paved shoulders where they can be accommodated and in alignment with the City's Transportation Master Plan.  While paved shoulders are not designated cycling facilities, they do provide an incremental improvement over existing conditions and serve as a bridging solution until the City can undertake the full scope of improvements typically identified for these roadways (e.g., reconstruction and widening including urbanization, lighting, sidewalks, separated cycling infrastructure, new above and below ground utilities, etc.).

In 2022, the City has identified the following road for inclusion of paved shoulders:

  • Essa Road – County Road 27 to Mapleview Drive

Frequently Asked Questions

I do not walk or cycle around Barrie. How does this project benefit me?

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

  • Improves mobility equity – a transportation system that increases access to high quality mobility options and enhances economic opportunity in low-income and marginalized communities.
  • Improves mobility options – building cycling infrastructure provides residents an additional transportation option over a personal automobile or a transit trips, but it can also be paired with these modes, such as making a trip via transit and bringing your bicycle via bus bicycle racks.
  • Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions – cycling is a carbon-free option to get where you need to without consuming fuel or producing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Sustainability – as more residents choose to make trips using cycling, this lessens the need to widen roads, which is costly to the City, and by extension, individual residents through property taxes.  Defering and/or avoiding road widening projects also reduces greenhouse gas emissions associated with undertaking large capital projects.

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