Brockville Cycling Committee Reaffirms Design Principles

New bike lanes on King St W and Cty Rd 2 in Brockville (Oct 10, 2016, photo: A Medcalf))

In taking a fresh look at the plan for Brockville’s cycling network north of the 401 (see workplan here), City Council’s cycling advisory committee reviewed and reconfirmed the design principles guiding the selection of routes and facilities.

NETWORK DESIGN PRINCIPLES

These are the design principles articulated 20 months ago, and included in the proposal adopted by Council in December 2015. The first one is new — “Connected and Safe”, drawn on the experiences of several cities over the last while.

Connected and Safe – This principle speaks to enabling people to get to where they want to go as directly as possible, and then to designing a complete minimum network that achieves this as safely as possible.  The network must allow people to feel safe.

 Extend the Reach of the Brock Trail – When complete, the Brock Trail will be a linear park with a multi-use paved and accessible path that will span the city from east to west and north to south, with signalized crossings at major roads. The cycling network will extend the reach of the Brock Trail to every residential neighbourhood and major destination in the city.

Everyday Cycling – The segment of the population targeted by the network is first and foremost the “everyday” cyclist – those people who would like to bike recreationally to start, perhaps with friends and family, and then venture to use their bike for everyday trips around town for appointments, work, school, shopping and visiting.  Research shows this group is eager yet cautious – reluctant to mix with motorized traffic – and holds the greatest latent demand.  Safety for all ages, all abilities is considered. The network will also serve, but is not specifically designed for, those comfortable with and skilled at mixing with traffic on Brockville’s busier roads.

Traffic Separation – Recognizing the people for whom this network is designed, core segments of the cycling network will be physically separated from motorized traffic wherever possible.

Compliance and Best Practices – The network will reflect best practices from communities that are certified Bicycle Friendly or otherwise seen as leaders. Network design will be compliant with Ontario Traffic Manual – Book 18 – Cycling Facilities (“OTM-18”), MTO’s Bikeway Design Guide and other guides in common use. The network will adhere to Section 5.2.5 of the Official Plan and Schedule 5 that shows potential cycling facilities outlined by the consulting firm MMM.

Staged Implementation – The cycling network may be designed to be staged for several reasons:

  • Address key routes first that demonstrably provide best connectivity and extend the Brock Trail for greatest benefit.
  • Allow for coordination of new facilities with planned refurbishing of streets (e.g. as done with King St. West).
  • Allow for available budget, planning and resources for implementation.
  • Allow latent demand to emerge and demonstrate the uptake that occurs when connectivity needs are met.

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Author: Alan Medcalf

Alan is a post-corporate, volunteer, community builder living in Brockville, Ontario. He seeks to create sustainable lifestyle advantage for the community by creating opportunities for more people to choose to walk and to ride bikes. He promotes the health, social, environmental and economic benefits of active mobility.