At it’s regular monthly meeting today, Brockville’s “Finance Admin, Operations” standing committee received an update from John Taylor, chair of the Brock Trail committee, reviewing progress to date in completing the trail. While there is lots of work left to do, progress is significant, as anyone walking or rolling around town knows. Of special note, for every $1 spent by the city, the Brock Trail committee has raised an additional $2.46 from grants, donations, and in-kind. To date, expenditures total approximately $1.4million, the equivalent of 28 “jobs created” (a.k.a. “FTE-years”) as tallied by economic programs. The update is attached below.2017 07 18 Brock Trail Update
(June 15, 2017) Construction is progressing quickly on the active transportation link through Brockville’s 401 corridor. As described in earlier documents and shown in the diagram below, the link is a joint project between the Brockville cycling advisory committee and the Brock Trail committee. The link consists of sidewalks converted to boulevard trails, a pedestrian crossover at Bramshot, and a widening and resurfacing of the old trail through the Ormond Street Park. Expect this trail segment to be completed and open for use within a few weeks.
Once this segment and the new trail segment from Laurier to Centennial are completed, we’ll have an off-road trail route all the way from the waterfront to the Mac Johnson Wildlife Area.
(May 1) Following a review of the financing of Brock Trail projects, the proposal for the 2017 slate of crossings went back through FAO (Finance, Administration, Operations standing committee) and then through City Council last week, where the following motion was carried as part of the consent agenda:
THAT the attached report titled “Brock Trail Pedestrian Crossings/Crossovers (PXO’s)” produced on behalf of the Brock Trail Committee be approved for identifying locations for the installation of Pedestrian Crossovers; and
THAT the following Brock Trail pedestrian crossings be implemented in 2017: Henry Street at Brockville Museum, St. Paul Street at Butler’s Creek bridge, Cedar Street at Church Street, Ormond Street at Bramshot Avenue, Laurier Boulevard at Bridlewood Drive and Centennial Road at Buell’s Creek bridge; and
THAT By-Law 21-93, Traffic By-law be amended accordingly.
These six pedestrian crossovers, when completed this year, and added to the existing pedestrian crossover on King St West are all crossings at which those driving and cycling are required to come to a complete stop for those walking and signalling to cross. Drivers must remain stopped until those crossing are clear of the crossover.
The linked article provides a great overview of the importance of trail-oriented development in rural and small towns, both for residents and visitors, for economic benefits ranging across health, tourism, property values, community and business development.
The discussion covers two types of trail development – longer regional trails (like Brockville being situated on the 2,000 km Great Lakes Waterfront Trail) and local developments like our Brock Trail.
Brockville’s project to extend the Brock Trail through the 401 corridor and extend the Trail from Laurier north to Centennial is receiving a $175,000 grant from the federal government. Continue reading “NEWS: Joint Brock Trail & Cycling Project Scores Second Major Infrastructure Grant”
The latest issue of “On Common Ground”, the quarterly publication of the National Association of Realtors (NAR) in the USA, is dedicated to the growing market demand for walkability as a key factor in location decisions.
NAR invests considerable resources in researching and understanding nascent and shifting trends in real estate, as well as providing news and case studies for members’ education and awareness.
Network design for Brockville’s neighbourhoods north of the 401 is the focus of the cycling advisory committee’s current discussions.
Regular users of the Brock Trail segment between Cedar St at Church and King St W at St. Lawrence Park will have seen the start of signage installation. Coming soon will be fencing along the west side of the trail corridor to separate the vacant property, mounting of the plaque on the big stone at the corner, and a pedestrian-priority crossover (PDX) on Cedar St.
At the April 14th meeting of the cycling advisory committee, a motion was carried concerning the cycling network planning for the north end of the city, and relative priorities of the committee’s work.
Brockville was one of 37 communities to be granted up to $325,000 over two years in the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program, a key piece of Action Plan 1.0 of #CYCLEON: Ontario’s Cycling Strategy. The program received about 150 expressions of interest, of which about 50 were invited to submit full applications. Projects were judged on “improving connections between local cycling networks, promoting safety, enabling recreation and tourism, encouraging innovation, research and data collection, supporting partnerships and improving awareness of cycling as a viable transportation mode.” Projects are being funded up to 50% of total cost, over two years, “to install or improve on-road cycling lanes, off-road cycling and walking paths, cycling-specific traffic signals and signs, active transportation bridges and bike racks.”
Read the announcement here.
See the list of municipalities receiving grants here (pdf).
See details on Brockville’s project here.
Enbridge has stepped up with a $20,000 grant to help fund completion/revitalization of the Brock Trail. Read article here.
(Link will be updated when Brockville Recorder website is updated.)
Brockville Recorder reports on the grant which will help fund completion of the City’s north-south Brock Trail linkage, from Mac Johnson Wildlife Area all the way to the Riverfront. Read article here.
(March 15, 2016) The City is delighted to announce it will receive a $325,000 grant under the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program. Continue reading “News: Brockville Receives OMCIP Grant”
Phase I of the cycling network includes three projects. This post describes the planned upgrades to King St W and County Road 2, running west from Rivers Ave to Grants Creek.
Phase I of the cycling network includes three projects. This post describes the planned route through the 401 corridor for both the Brock Trail and cycling network, completing the Trail’s north-south linkage.
As this article in the Recorder and Times explains, the recently installed bridge won’t be open until the trail segments at each end are completed per plan and agreement with the property owner.
See: Bridge Traffic Waits For Spring by Ronald Zajac