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Have questions about the cycling improvements on Stone Road? Ask us here. We will answer you within 3 business days.
Thanks for your question. There are a number of reasons we don't permit cyclists on sidewalks. A bicycle is a vehicle under Ontario's Highway Traffic Act, and for that reason alone cannot be operated on any sidewalks, unless a bylaw is in place to permit otherwise.
Mixing bicycles and pedestrians is not advised under current guidebooks, such as Ontario's Traffic Manual Book 18. This is the technical guidebook Ontario municipalities consult when designing and implementing cycling infrastructure, and it recommends a minimum 3.0 meter wide space where bikes and pedestrians are to mix. Guelph's sidewalks on average are only 1.5 meters wide, which is not enough space for bicycles and pedestrians to pass one another and safely share.
From an Accessibility perspective, bikes on sidewalks can pose a number of challenges. For instance a person with a visual impairment could be frightened or injured by someone biking on the sidewalk and we want to make sure all of our users have a safe and comfortable space to travel within. Many cyclists are travelling at higher speeds as they commute across the City or ride recreationally, and mixing those users with a variety of pedestrians of different ages and abilities could be unsafe for everyone.
I hope this helps answer your question, thank you for your comment!
Thanks for your feedback on the presentation layout. Stone Road runs east/west and is bordered by Edinburgh Road on the east side, and the Hanlon Expressway on the West side. The "north" and "south" are referring to each side of Stone Road. The north side has Stone Road mall on it, and the South side has commercial retailers such as East Side Marios and Staples. I hope this helps clarify, please feel free to reach out if any other information would be helpful.
The detailed design stage will identify what type of pavement markings are appropriate for the multi-use pathway running between the Hanlon Expressway and Scottsdale Drive. Your comments will be shared with the consulting team for their consideration.
Thank you for your comments. The intent behind this project is to provide safe and inviting options for a variety of modes in Guelph. If you are interested in long range Transportation Planning in Guelph, I would encourage you to check out the Transportation Master Plan Update! https://www.haveyoursay.guelph.ca/transportation
Any work scheduled to occur on either Scottsdale or Edinburgh Road falls outside the scope of this project. You can visit the linked pages to view the City's proposed cycling network, as directed by the Cycling Master Plan; or see the Active Transportation Network Study map to view planned and existing off-road routes.
The south side of Stone Road from the Hanlon Expressway to Scottsdale Drive will feature a bi-directional multi-use pathway. This is because this link is part of the City's Active Transportation Network. Cyclists will need to travel in both directions to access the north and south ATN connections, and channeling the majority of north-south crossing activity to Stone at Scottsdale will enhance safety of people walking and cycling. Stone at Scottsdale is a smaller, lower volume and lower speed intersection, and will not be subject to future changes implemented by the Ministry of Transportation Ontario.
Your comment about tightening the corners into the mall entrances will be shared with the consulting team. Thank you!
Facilities within the high volume intersections will be developed as we proceed through the detailed design process, and special attention will be given to locations where turning conflicts are a particular risk. This feedback will be shared with the consulting team.
Thank you for your comment. Construction timing is dependent upon Staff resources and Capital budget allocation. This project has been slotted into the first available timeslot for both, and will be shifted up if the opportunity becomes available.
Thank you for your idea. A Multi-Use Path or equivalent, along the west side of Scottsdale from Janefiled to Stone is recommended by the City's Active Transportation Network Study. We will endeavour to complete this project around the same time as the Stone Road cycling facilities are built.
You raise some excellent points and have clearly engaged both with the online materials and at the street level to provide your comments. Thank you! They will be reviewed in more detail through this Community Engagement process, and I'll do my best to address some of them here:
Trees: Agreed! It's possible that there will be some additional plantings completed through this project, however we do need to adhere to existing design guidelines regarding planting trees near hydro and underground infrastructure.
This is intended to be an all ages and abilities facility. The wide buffers in most areas should help a variety of users (including young children) feel safe and additional consideration will be given to areas without wide buffers.
There are currently no plans to lengthen the turning lanes into the mall entrances.
It is difficult to predict the percentage of increase in cycling trips this project will generate, however in other parts of the City we have seen increases between 43%-400% in locations that are upgraded from no cycling facilities to protected cycling facilities.
Closure of mall entrances (or the mall) is not under consideration at this time. :)
Snow storage has been considered in the design and the buffers available throughout the majority of the route are intended to provide space for snow storage. We are continually improving our winter maintenance program for cycling infrastructure, and while it may not be immediately perfect we are working with our Operations colleagues to acquire the required equipment and staff resources to provide for a high level of service on cycling facilities during all seasons. Including images of comparable infrastructure in the winter is an excellent idea, we will strive for this during future Community Engagement projects.
If you are interested in learning more or providing input in the direction Transportation Planning as a whole is going in Guelph (in regards to your questions on mode share) I would encourage you to check out the Transportation Master Plan which is currently being updated! https://www.haveyoursay.guelph.ca/transportation
The budget for this project encompasses design and construction, maintenance of cycling infrastructure comes from the Operating budget. Upon completion, maintenance needs for this project will be reflected in Operating Budget requests.
With regards to the driveway and mall entrances, special attention will be given to these to reduce the potential for conflict as much as possible at these locations.
Thank you very much for your thoughtful and thorough feedback, it will be shared with the project team, documented and incorporated where possible!