Cycling in Peterborough 2015 – Infrastructure

It was a good year for cycling in Peterborough in 2015. City cyclists saw a number of infrastructure improvements and great cycling-related events, all of which strengthened our local cycling community. Part one of our 2015 Peterborough Cycling roundup looks at cycling infrastructure.

2015 Cycling Infrastructure Highlights

  1. Bike Lane Improvements
  2. Trail Connection to Lang-Hastings Trail
  3. Trail Improvements at Trent
  4. Hunter Street Bike Lanes Return
  5. Peterborough & the Kawarthas Classics Cycling Routes

Bike Lane Improvements

The City completed several bike lane improvements over the year. This is especially important as the quality of our bike lanes is consistently a top concern with cyclists.

McDonnel Street

The extension of the McDonnel Street cycling lanes from Park Street to Water Street improved East-west links across the city. This link along McDonnel gives cyclists a clear route from Monaghan Road and the Trans Canada Trail at Jackson Park to the top end of the downtown core.

Brealy Drive

Reconstruction of Brealey Drive between Fleming Drive and Lansdowne Street includes a protected two-way cycling track in the boulevard on the west side of the road. Evidence from other cities clearly shows that protected bike lanes are the safest type of bike lane and get more cyclists active and moving around the city.

Water and George Streets

With the elimination of bike lane parking during the day, the City has completed stage one of improvements to these two critical components of the city bike lane network. Stage two calls for a bike lane buffer. We will be on the lookout for this in 2016.

Ashburnham Drive

Emerging out of the end-of-year construction are new on-road bike lanes along each side of Ashburnham Drive south of Maria Street towards Landsdowne Street. We will get a better sense of how effective these bike lanes are next year.

Abandoned Trailer In Morning Commute Bike Lane

Unprotected Bike Lanes Don’t Solve All Problems

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Trail Connection to Lang-Hastings Trail

It was a definite celebration on November 10th when about 100 people showed up on the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) south of Technology Drive to celebrate the official opening of the newest section of the City trail system. Running between Lansdowne Street and the Lang-Hastings Trail just west of the Old Keene Road, the new section finally links our trail system to the TCT east of the city. Besides various city dignitaries and staff, many cyclists showed up representing several groups within the Peterborough cycling community including the Peterborough Cycling Club, The Mountain Bike Riders of Harold Town Conservation Area, TandemEyes, the Cycling Dudes and the cycling community at large. Also on hand was Michael Goodyear, TCT’s trail development manager for eastern Canada. After the official opening, many in the group took an impromptu group ride down the trail towards Keene. More coverage at KawarthaNOW.

Official Opening of the City Trail Connection to the Lang-Hastings Trail

Official Opening of the City Trail Connection to the Lang-Hastings Trail

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Trail Improvements at Trent

The Rotary Greenway Trail is an important part of our trail network connecting Rogers Cove in East City all the way to Lakefield. Apart from a short stretch at Trent University, the trail offered a pleasant off-road route for recreational walkers and cyclists alike. At Trent, the path gave way to an unpleasant stretch of road, at least from a riding perspective. The view is quite nice if you had the courage to take it in. That all changed when the City built a short stretch of off-road trail from the end of the Tollington Bridge over the canal at the Peterborough Rowing Club to the Faryon Bridge. The trail has turned a rushed and harried part of the trip into a very pleasant stretch of trail with the river and the great architecture of the Trent West Bank buildings in full view.

Plans are underway to complete the short section north of the Faryon Bridge to the end of the trail to Lakefield at Eastbank Drive in 2016.

Greenway Trail Improvements at Trent University

Greenway Trail Improvements at Trent University

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Downtown Bridges Back in Service

While not really advances in Peterborough cycling infrastructure, cyclists were excited when the bike lanes were finally repainted on the Hunter Street Bridge and the pathway bridge at the CPR tracks reopened. The Hunter Street Bridge bike lanes had literally faded to black when the original paint, laid down in 2013, faded away. The City had various hiccups in finding a suitable replacement paint in time to get lines laid down by the end of 2014. Apparently, the wrong paint got shipped first, then it was too cold by the time the replacement paint arrived. Either way, the paint was down and doing its magic. Also out of commission for a while was the pathway bridge at the CPR tracks. It had been closed while the bridge was resurfaced due to pitting in the original surface. Again, it had taken the City a while to work out who was responsible and who would make the repairs. Walkers and cyclists alike were just happy to see the important link back in action.

Image of Bikelane on the Hunter Bridge

Bikelane on the Hunter Bridge

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Peterborough & the Kawarthas Classics Cycling Routes

A fabulous collaboration between Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism, Shimano Canada, the County of Peterborough and the City of Peterborough saw the creation of the area’s first official road cycling routes. The Peterborough & the Kawarthas Classics cycling routes are three popular routes totalling nearly 300 kilometres, all starting out of Millennium Park in downtown Peterborough. Key to the routes are over 150 signs that clearly identify where the routes are. Routes were picked by local cyclists to take in the best of local cycling terrain and tie into key cycling-friendly businesses in the area. Find out more about this exciting development at Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism.

Signage for the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Classics cycling routes

Signage for the Peterborough & the Kawarthas Classics cycling routes

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