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Active Transportation Project

​2021 Cycling Network Expansion

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. 

Impacted Roads

The 2021 Cycling Network Expansion map illustrates approved and proposed additions. The project will see the implementation of cycling lanes on the following streets:

  • Johnson Street, Georgian Drive to Johnson's Beach
  • Little Avenue, Fairview Avenue to Hurst Drive 
  • Bayview Drive, Little Avenue to Burton Avenue
  • Hanmer Street, Bayfield Street to St. Vincent Street

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.

Project Updates 

June 2021

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.

Previous Updates

March 2021

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.

Implementation

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:

2-lane Conversion

diagram, 2-lane conversion

4-lane to 3-lane conversion

diagram, 4-lane to 3-lane conversion
Image source: https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/road_diets/case_studies/roaddiet_cs.pdf

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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