Wikipedia: Human Powered Transportation
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Walk and Bike for Life
Projects for Public Spaces - Gil Penalosa
Bike Safety-Related Links
Share the Road
Walkable Communities Inc.
Active transportation is any form of human-powered transportation. Walking, cycling, wheeling, in-line skating, skateboarding, and ice skating are all forms of active transportation. It can also involve combining modes such as walking/cycling with public transit.
The Active Transportation and Sustainability Advisory Committee meets on a monthly basis. Please contact the Clerks Office at (705) 726-4220 ext 5500 or
CityClerks@barrie.ca with any questions regarding agendas.
Safety in school zones is eveyone's responsibity. Here are a few reminders for students and parents/guardians that attend Barrie schools:
If you have to drive your child(ren) to school, watch your speed and be aware of students and staff in the parking lot, follow the rules of the school's drop off/dismissal program and have respect for the surrounding community—don’t block resident driveways or businesses. More tips on active school transportation can be found at
Ontario Active School Travel.
A bicycle lane is a portion of roadway that has been designated by pavement markings for the use of bicyclists. Bicycle lanes have most recently (2019) been implemented on the following Barrie streets:
A sharrow is 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”.
The City has introduced
sharrows in 2016. The first sharrows were installed on Grove Street (from Toronto Street to Penetanguishene Road). The Active Transportation Working Group identified Grove Street as a preferred bike route in the city.
A road diet is characterized by reallocating space on the roadway to other modes of transportation, such as cycling or transit. This improves active transportation, potentially
reduces speeds, and maintains capacity for vehicles. Road diets havem most recently (2019) been implemented on the following Barrie streets:
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. 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. Urban shoulders have most recently (2019) been implemented on the following Barrie streets:
Road Right-sizing: a reallocation of space used for cars on a street for other users. Eliminated/narrowed traffic lanes are used for other purposes, such as active transportation.
A component of the City's Multi-modal Active Transportation Master Plan (MMATMP) is Road Right-sizing. Barrie's 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.
3 bicycle lockers and 4 street pod bike racks are available at City Hall (Worsley St. entrance) for free use. Up to 6 cyclists can store their bikes in separate locker compartments secured with their own lock. Frame and wheels can be secured with one lock on the street pod unit.
Racks are also installed at City recreation centres for public use.
In addition, a repair stand provided by Cycle Simcoe is available for free use in case of a minor bicycle maintenance emergency.
Rules & Locker Protocol
Report any concerns or issues to the City Hall info desk.
Tips to help you adopt more active modes of transportation:
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