Brockville Cycling Advisory Committee Endorses Official Plan Approach For Cycling Network

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At the regular meeting of the Brockville cycling advisory committee of council on May 11, a cycling network plan for the city north of the 401 was endorsed. Building on previous work and recent discussions, the first motion passed was:

THAT the Brockville Cycling Advisory Committee recommend to the City that implementation planning work of Phase 2 commence to:
• Complete the already-approved upgrade of Laurier Blvd (between Bridlewood and Stewart) with bike lanes of suitable design.
• Upgrade Windsor Ave with bike lanes of similar design.
• Design the bike lanes for Laurier Ave and Windsor Ave as a pilot project that can be modified based on experience over a period of not less than 2 years.
• Implement a network of cross-linking neighbourhood greenways (route signs and reduced speed) to ensure access to spine routes.

and further, a second motion aimed at the follow-on segments:

THAT the Brockville Cycling Advisory Committee recommend to the
City that implementation design and costing be completed for
Phase 3 which is the following additional network routes and segments, in
order to take advantage of anticipated provincial funding programs:
• Shoulder paving to extend Laurier Blvd bike lanes from Bridlewood
eastward to California.
• Shoulder paving and bike lanes on California Ave from Parkedale to
Centennial.
• Extending Parkedale Ave sidewalk to trail conversion from Ormond St
east to California.

It’s expected that city design work will have a preliminary plan in the Fall, at which time a public information session will be held.

Those wishing to support moving Brockville toward being able to compete better as an attractive place to study, work, play, run a business or raise a family are invited to contact this author.

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.