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MPP McGarry Announces New Investments in Cycling Network

New Action Plan Follows Successful Meeting about new Franklin Boulevard Bridge over Highway 401

Ontario is improving cycling across the province by launching a number of new initiatives to encourage people to get around by bike, improve safety and provide more travel options, said Cambridge MPP Kathryn McGarry.

“Families in our community want to have choices — whether it’s driving kids to lessons, riding a bike to get to work, or walking,” said McGarry. “Cycling is a healthy transportation option that benefits everyone in Ontario, and our government will continue to invest in our cycling network to ensure that biking is a safe, reliable and enjoyable travel option.”

Launched at the Ontario Bike Summit, #CycleON Action Plan 2.0 is a new province wide cycling network and the Cycling Skills Guide. This includes actions that help design healthy, active, and prosperous communities, improve cycling infrastructure, make cycling safer, and promote cycling awareness.

The cycling network, identified for long-term development, includes over 9,800 km of cycling routes that connect the regions of the province, providing access to major communities and destinations.

“Ontario's Cycling Strategy provides a road map to support and encourage cycling,” said Mayor Doug Craig. “This is all about encouraging people to adopt a healthier and active lifestyle, taking more cars off the road, and creating ‘livable’ cities. The need to improve cycling infrastructure, safety and road user education are top areas of focus within the strategy.”

This announcement comes in conjunction with a new cycling and pedestrian crossing that will be a part of the new Franklin Blvd. Bridge over Highway 401.

After hearing of concerns about the proposal, MPP McGarry convened a meeting with local councillors, representatives of the Cambridge Trails Advisory Committee and Cambridge Cycling Focus Group, city staff, regional staff, and provincial MTO staff, to discuss the challenges and find solutions.

“I’m glad we could bring these groups together to find a solution that works for our community,” added McGarry.

“I want to thank the Trails Committee and Cycling Focus Group for being strong advocates for the safety of cyclists and pedestrians and helping us to make sure this new bridge will help facilitate the use of our local trail network.”

The new multi-use trail will improve conditions for users by providing:

  • Tactile warning plates for trail users where the trail meets the ramp crossing
  • Dropped curbs at the trail-ramp crossing
  • Illumination that is a significant improvement over the existing lighting in place today
  • Barrier wall separating vehicles from pedestrians and cyclists on the bridge

Additionally, as a result of the recent meeting to look at ways to specifically improve the area where the trail will cross the on-ramp, the following enhancements are now planned:

  • “Stop” signs and “Wait for Gap” signs facing pedestrians and cyclists on both sides of the trail and in each direction of the crossing (4 of each total)
  • 3 Pedestrian/Cyclist warning signs for northbound drivers, approaching the ramp crossing
  • All signs to have higher-than-standard reflectivity
  • Additional pavement markings on the trail
  • Trail will be widened by 0.5 metres where possible on both sides of the bridge
  • This will give cyclists more space to pass each other comfortably where there is a guiderail alongside the trail

Quick Facts

  • #CycleON: Ontario’s Cycling Strategy was first announced in 2013 as a blueprint to promote safe cycling and encourage more people to ride their bikes to work, school and for recreation.
  • The Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling (OMCC) program is providing $94 million in direct funding to 118 municipalities in 2017-18 to support the development of commuter cycling infrastructure.
  • The Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program is helping 37 municipalities across the province build or improve cycling infrastructure.
  • About 1.5 million people in Ontario hop on their bikes at least once a week during the spring, summer and fall, and many cycle year-round.

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