At a meeting on May 11, 2015 with City of Greater Sudbury Roads and Transportation staff, the Sudbury Cyclists Union requested information on upcoming road projects for 2015 and 2016, relevant to cycling infrastructure. Here is a summary of the information received in regards to a number of road projects that SCU and other cycling advocates identified as needing cycling infrastructure.
|Road||Cycling Infrastructure||Additional Details|
|MacIsaac Road||Paved shoulders, separated by curb|
|Barry Downe Road
– Westmount to Kingsway
– Note: project delayed to 2016
|Cycle tracks||– unidirectional, 1 on each side of the road
– we asked that connectivity be looked at (e.g. on Westmount to connect to Attlee bike route; connectivity and safe crossing to Adventure Ski and Cycle & Costco/Chapters/Silver City). Staff made note of that and agreed to let us know when designs were available.
– Kingsway to Bancroft
|Edge lines||– They will not continue edge lines to beach (they are only working on the section from Kingsway to Bancroft)
– There will be consultation with residents on Moonlight in a couple weeks (just before tender) to discuss driveways/drainage/etc.
|Old Hwy 17 (MR 55)
– 2 sections
|Paved shoulders||– Paved shoulders with a rumble strip. 1.5m of paved shoulder.
– N.B. MR 55 may be part of the provincial Great Lakes Cycling Route currently being developed by the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, although this is not yet confirmed. Paved shoulders would be consistent with this.
– West of Martin Rd
|Paved shoulders with a rumble strip||– 1.5m of paved shoulder.
– N.B. Slurry trucks on this route.
– Nelson to Cedar
|Plans show a bike path in the linear park||– What will be happening this year: renovating the stairs to the pedestrian underpass on Elgin.
– Funding being sought for the project; there is more political will for downtown revitalization.
|Traffic calming||No projects this year|
– Development opposite from the Costco mall
|Paved boulevard||– 1.5m paved boulevard + sidewalk|
– Kathleen to Schevschenko
and Schevschenko to Burton
|First section: Signed bike route
Second section: Paved shoulder
|– There will be sidewalks and a pedestrian crossing
– We shared that because there is a well used park and community garden, a new school and lots of kids biking around the neighbourhood, safe separated cycling infrastructure would be desirable. There was no indication of follow up on this.
– Martindale to Logan
|Paved shoulders on south side||– We shared that separated infrastructure is warranted on this road. Staff felt there were alternative routes available.|
|Kelly Lake Road
– Copper to wastewater plant
|Paved shoulders||– When the shoulder is paved, curbs will be pulled back or depressed.
– There are no plans to continue paving to the Copper Cliff Trail or Lorne, which is needed for trail connectivity. Staff did not feel that paving only the shoulder to Lorne as a cycling infrastructure project was viable. Staff felt there may be an opportunity to connect the two trails when work is done on the wastewater infrastructure in that area.
|Second Avenue||Cycle tracks||– Due to the second Part II order requests submitted, staff are unsure if this project will continue.
– Re cycling infrastructure, we asked to be kept informed, and to have a discussion about cycling infrastructure once it is known what will happen with Second Ave. Staff indicated they would not want to put something in (e.g. with curbs) just to rip it out later when the road was expanded.
|Select roads||Paved boulevards converted to cycle tracks||– Amendment to provincial traffic act that will allow legal use of boulevards expected in the fall
– Staff support paved boulevards where safe: wide enough, no obstructions like signs/poles, few driveways/bus stops. The onus would be on cyclists to use them safely.
– There is no list of boulevards that could be used – an inventory is needed.
– Barry Downe is a good candidate – poles on the west side are getting moved.
|Big Nickel Mine Drive
– Lorne to Dynamic Earth
|Trail||– RRA and City working with Dynamic Earth regarding safe access for pedestrians and cyclists. There is a back gravel trail that connects with a transit route – with some work this could serve well (could be an interactive trail).
– Access from Lorne still a big issue.
– Note: There may be an opportunity for seasonal transit service.