Regional Cycling Plan
On Nov. 21, 2012, Regional Council passed the following resolution:
- THAT the Primary Cycling Network illustrated in Attachment #6 of Joint Report #2012-J-37 be endorsed, which includes the following facilities to be included on Regional Roads:
- THAT the following financing policies be adopted:
- THAT the Region continue its practice of being 100% responsible for providing the platform for multi-use paths within Regional Road rights-of-way contained in the proposed Primary Cycling Network at its sole expense;
- THAT the Region continue its practice of being 100% responsible for maintenance of all on road cycling facilities and paved shoulders on Regional Roads that form part of the Primary Cycling Network;
- THAT the Area Municipalities continue to be 100% responsible for the maintenance and repair of multi-use paths on Regional Roads that form part of the Primary Cycling Network, by the area municipality in which the multi use path is located; and
- THAT the Region's funding policy for paved shoulders on Regional Roads on the Primary Cycling Network, be changed from the former 50%/50% cost sharing arrangement with the Area Municipalities, to the Region now being 100% responsible for the capital construction costs for all on road cycling facilities and paved shoulders;
- THAT a cycling communication strategy be developed for the Region that outlines education, promotion, outreach, and enforcement methods to ensure a well informed and safe cycling community;
- THAT the Regional Cycling Plan include a policy that considers constructing facilities outside of the Region's road construction program for the sole purpose of establishing connections or closing gaps within the Primary Cycling Network; and
- THAT in recognition of the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail and Lake Scugog Waterfront Trail as critical components of the Regional Trails Network, the Regional Cycling Plan include a policy indicating that the Region will consider partnering with other funding agencies with local municipalities to eliminate gaps in the Waterfront Trail and that staff report back in 2013 with a status update.
The Primary Cycling Network, proposed facility treatment types and network phasing are illustrated in the following maps:
- Map 1 - Primary Cycling Network (PDF)
- Map 2 - Facility Treatment Types (PDF)
- Map 3 - Network Phasing (PDF)
For ease of reference, a working consolidation (PDF) has been prepared drawing from the two Commissioners Reports and the resolution of Regional Council. Any interpretation of the policies and directions contained within this consolidation should be undertaken in consultation with Regional staff.