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
• 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.