Moving Guelph Forward

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Guelph is growing and how we move around our city is changing.


We're exploring transportation options to make our city move better in every way.

We need to work together to create a strong plan for transportation in Guelph. We have tough choices to make to ensure we properly balance the needs of everyone in our community today and tomorrow.

Where we’re at

After evaluating four alternative solutions with community input, Council approved Alternative 3: Sustainability and Resiliency Focus as the preferred solution for transportation in Guelph. We are now developing the implementation plan for the Transportation Master Plan (TMP). During this phase, we create proposed transportation policies and programs to help build a sustainable and resilient transportation network in our city over the next 30 years along with a proposed schedule for future transportation projects.

Learn more

Check out the "future of transportation" explainer video, short summary document and the updated StoryMaps.

We have updated the Virtual Open House “StoryMaps” with information on the policies and programs, key transportation issues, the implementation plan and more! Be sure to check it out to learn more.

We’re ready to move forward with Alternative 3: Sustainability and Resiliency Focus as the preferred solution for transportation in Guelph.

Next steps

In January 2022, we will be going to Council with a report containing recommendations for the TMP policies, programs, and the Implementation Plan for the Preferred Solution.

Guelph is growing and how we move around our city is changing.


We're exploring transportation options to make our city move better in every way.

We need to work together to create a strong plan for transportation in Guelph. We have tough choices to make to ensure we properly balance the needs of everyone in our community today and tomorrow.

Where we’re at

After evaluating four alternative solutions with community input, Council approved Alternative 3: Sustainability and Resiliency Focus as the preferred solution for transportation in Guelph. We are now developing the implementation plan for the Transportation Master Plan (TMP). During this phase, we create proposed transportation policies and programs to help build a sustainable and resilient transportation network in our city over the next 30 years along with a proposed schedule for future transportation projects.

Learn more

Check out the "future of transportation" explainer video, short summary document and the updated StoryMaps.

We have updated the Virtual Open House “StoryMaps” with information on the policies and programs, key transportation issues, the implementation plan and more! Be sure to check it out to learn more.

We’re ready to move forward with Alternative 3: Sustainability and Resiliency Focus as the preferred solution for transportation in Guelph.

Next steps

In January 2022, we will be going to Council with a report containing recommendations for the TMP policies, programs, and the Implementation Plan for the Preferred Solution.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded. Through the Transportation Master Plan, we are planning for the future of all types of transportation in Guelph. We asked: What questions do you think this plan needs to answer? You can review the input we received and the responses below.

 

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We are planning for the future of all types of transportation in Guelph.

View the virtual open house storymap and ask us anything. 

Feel free to submit your questions, one question per submission please! We will review all questions submitted and our team will post responses here.

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    Hello, I have two questions regarding cycling in this city. I live downtown and am a cyclist and am saddened by the lack of bike lanes Guelph has, especially downtown. As I walk to work I see parents taking their children to school by bike and forced into car traffic on a busy street such as woolwich which is just not fair. the other point is on York road by Watson. It is a huge cycling route and many use it for transportation into the downtown core and there is no where for a cyclist to be other than on the very tiny side of the pavement which is all broken up and unsafe or you take the entire lane for safety and then car drivers yell at you and try to chase you off the road. again this saddens me deeply and every time I take the lane from Watson to Elizabeth I fear for my safety. I love Guelph and and I love living here but the state of the bike infrastructure saddens me often when I look at other cities in Canada and hope that something is done sooner than later. the bike lane on Woolwich was put in a few years back and was great, but was of course taken down and now the same thing is happening again? When will action be taken and not just an experimental week trial? thanks Sarah

    Sara1979 asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for this feedback, Sarah. Fortunately both the Transportation Master Plan and the Guelph Cycling Master Plan recommend cycling facilities on York Road and throughout the downtown core. There are design and construction projects already getting started or underway over the next several years to redesign and build these roads to be more bike-friendly. 

    For information on York Road, please visit https://guelph.ca/living/construction-projects/york-road-reconstruction/

    For information about the Downtown Infrastructure Renewal project, please visit https://guelph.ca/living/construction-projects/downtown-infrastructure-revitalization/

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    I have a question regarding the intersection of Macdonell and Authur street. if you are on Macdonell and heading out of the core after you go over the bridge if you were to go to the right to merge onto Elizabeth street there is a very small yield sign. I live on Authur and I have seen so many people almost get hit there as people DO NOT properly yield and that system is NOT working. I have been driving many times and am on Aurthur turning onto Elizabeth and the person who should be yeilding does not. There is going to be an accident here soon if not already. this is a horrible design and should really be looked at. thank you

    Sara1979 asked 3 months ago

    Thank you for sharing this feedback. As this is a specific location design question, we will share this feedback with staff from Transportation Engineering for review of safety concerns. Questions or feedback of this nature can always be sent to traffic@guelph.ca to ensure they don't get missed. 

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    Good morning: I'm very concerned about the routing of Route 19 Hanlon Creek and would opt for a redesign I have no idea why Teal Drive as a small road would even be considered to be used on this route, when the arterial road Downey Road can take people directly to the business parks. A bus stop could be put on Downey Road at Teal Drive which would slow people down entering and exiting the area, without going into the subdivision. They're are 2 parks, one very close to Downey Road on Teal Drive about a 1/4 of the way from Downey and one on Milson, both are heavily used by cyclists, walkers, joggers, runners, people that walk their dog, kids playing and a playground and the native wildlife continue to use as a corridor to travel within this area, including deer, raccoons, rabbits, squirrels, chipmunks, weasels, coyotes, etc. Of course, there are more but naming a few. I firmly believe that this route should NOT run along Teal as there is no point. With parking in the summer, people using Teal for extra visitor parking for the 146 Downey Road Condo townhouses, and all the Maintenace vehicles that park there that service that said Condo, there is no room for buses. And of course, the winter with snow is crazy. People drive fast enough down that street, we don't anything else to obscure site lines and trap people in their driveways as there is too much traffic already to back out. The rest of the route is fine but please consider removing Teal from your Route 19

    bjsguelph asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for sharing these concerns. I have passed along this comment to our staff at Guelph Transit to provide a response, as details related to existing route planning is outside the scope of the Transportation Master Plan study.

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    Where can I get more information about the Cycling Spine Network, e.g., what are the routes and what cycling facilities (e.g., MUP, paint, protected lanes) are planned for each?

    TedBangay asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. The TMP team has just obtained Council approval to move forward with Alternative 3, and are currently preparing a draft implementation plan for this alternative. This implementation plan will include further details on building out the Cycling Spine Network. For now, you can review the proposed Cycling Spine Network on page 3 of the Alternative Solutions section of the Storymaps, and review the Background Papers to understand the decision making rationale that went into developing both Alternative 3 and the proposed Cycling Spine Network. Watch for engagement opportunities to help us all understand how our preferred alternative for our Transportation Master Plan will look, work and feel in real life coming later in August.

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    Why don't we have bus run off lanes, for the bus stops, like other cities. It sure upsets the flow of traffic when the bus stops right in the right lane, and can be dangerous.

    Moose asked over 1 year ago

    Hi Moose, Guelph Transit typically prefers to keep busses in the live lane to save time on their routes. Merging back into traffic can cost time and lead to missed connections and late arrivals along the route. 

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    Where can I find details about the plans for building out the Cycling Spine Network? Thank you in advance.

    TedBangay asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your question. The TMP team has just obtained Council approval to move forward with Alternative 3, and are currently preparing a draft implementation plan for this alternative. This implementation plan will include further details on building out the Cycling Spine Network. For now, you can review the proposed Cycling Spine Network on page 3 of the Alternative Solutions section of the Storymaps, and review the Background Papers to understand the decision making rationale that went into developing both Alternative 3 and the proposed Cycling Spine Network. 

    Watch for engagement opportunities to help us all understand how our preferred alternative for our Transportation Master Plan will look, work and feel in real life coming late in August. 

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    I thought today, June 21, 2021 there was to be a review of the proposed Stone Road bike lanes, Hanlon to Edinburgh? I don't see it posted. Can you direct me to where it is?

    mapleheads asked over 1 year ago

    Hello Mapleheads,

    You are right. To day is the day. The Stone Road cycling improvements project will be published very shortly. You should see it if you check back in to haveyoursay.guelph.ca  in an hour or less. 

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    The problem with your car priority route is that drivers like to zoom through the Pedestrian priority St George neighbourhood with two school zones via Grange and Metcalfe, to bypass Stevenson where car specific construction has been done to connect to connect Victoria/Grange/York with Eramosa/Speedvale. Traffic calming is required in the residential areas between car priority zones to allow safe shared mode use.

    dlin2007 asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comment! The Transportation master plan is looking at long-term network planning, policies, and programs to support the goals of the plan. It will not get down to the level of detail of detour routes for specific construction projects. For comments specific to construction or detour routes in your community, please contact the project engineer. You can find contact information at https://guelph.ca/living/construction-projects/

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    I am contacting you on behalf of an advocacy group in Guelph for people with disabilities. Being a person who has an electric wheelchair and many friends with mobility needs such as walkers I would suggest that the seats are easier to lift up if needed to make more room for Wheel chairs and strollers. Also it is a struggle for space and makes it difficult for people to walk through the isle when two wheelchairs are on the bus. The ramps that go into the bus need to be wider as they are pretty narrow. We would love it if the bus could run later on Sundays and holidays. Thank you for considering our needs.

    People 4 People asked over 1 year ago

    Thank you for your comments. All new Guelph Transit bus vehicles are equipped with seats that lift up. Specific details on bus design and accessibility are beyond the scope of the Transportation Master Plan. Your comments have been shared with staff at Guelph Transit for their consideration.

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    Why there is no direct bus on speedvale edinburgh towards to stone road mall ??

    Vishavdeep kaur asked almost 2 years ago

    These areas have been reviewed as part of the Guelph Transit Route Review. Proposals will be made public later this spring when public engagement begins. All changes are subject to Council approval.

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