The Regional Municipality of Durham


News Release

New pavement markings on bus-only and cycling lanes help increase safety

WHITBY, ON October 22, 2015

The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department, is improving cyclist, driver and pedestrian safety with the implementation of new pavement markings in the reserved bus and cycling lanes on Kingston Road (Highway 2) in Ajax.

“Reserved bus-only and cycling lanes have been operational along Kingston Road, from Harwood Avenue to Salem Road in Ajax, for one year now—but we’re still seeing motorists driving in these lanes,” says Susan Siopis, Director of Transportation and Field Services. “In order to help improve drivers’ understanding of how to use these lanes, as well as improve safety for cyclists, we’ve implemented new pavement markings that drivers won’t be able to miss. We’d also like to remind drivers that misuse is subject to charges under the Highway Traffic Act—so please pay attention to signage and markings to keep everyone safe.”

green paint to improve lanes

Bus-only lanes are reserved exclusively for Durham Region Transit and GO Transit buses, as clearly marked with overhead diamond signs, line markings and will soon also have new on-road “bus only” text markings. These lanes are designed to help buses circumvent congestion and stay on schedule.

The use of the bus-only lanes by motorists is prohibited at all times and subject to charges under the Highway Traffic Act. Drivers should keep the following tips in mind:

To improve cyclist safety when using cycling lanes on Kingston Road, the Works Department has installed green pavement surface treatment in identified conflict areas where vehicles cross over onto cycling lanes, such as when turning into intersections or driveways. These markings are anti-slip, further improving safety for cyclists during wet weather. 

Cyclists are reminded to watch for buses pulling to the curb (in the bike lane) to pick up and drop off passengers. Buses must pull to the curb in order for the accessibility ramp to reach the sidewalk. Cyclists should also be mindful of buses when exiting cycling lanes to turn left.

For more information, including instructional videos about how to safely use reserved lanes, please visit www.durham.ca/reservedlanes.

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