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Responsibilities include:

  • Parking (including parking passes for city parking facilities and parking enforcement)
  • Traffic Operations (including the adult crossing guard program, traffic signals, signs and pavement markings)
  • Transportation Demand Management Planning (including innovative strategies that result in more efficient use of transportation services e.g. improving infrastructure to support walking and cycling to reduce traffic congestion)
  • Transit and Handi-Van services
  • Transportation Planning (including the Transportation Plan Review).

Current Activities

Lighting Section of Rotary Greenway Trail

The City has received a donation, through the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, to provide lighting along the Rotary Greenway Trail link, between Water Street and the Rotary Greenway Trail to the east.  The donor has requested that the project be as sustainable as possible, including consideration of low energy technology and use of renewable energy to power the system.   The City of Peterborough has contracted Barry Electric to design, supply and install the lighting for this project.  The design includes low energy LED lighting and low maintenance fixtures.  The design uses ground mounted poles to reduce impact on the trail and the trees adjacent to it. The bridge will be lit with taller poles (27’)  with directional LED fixtures at each end of the bridge.   

At this time, the City is seeking public input on the design of the lighting system.   The information that will be at the meeting is the same as the following:

Information about the Trail Lighting Project and Proposed Lighting System Design

Aerial View showing where the Lighting System will Provide Light

Please email comments to Susan Sauve or phone her at 705-742-7777 ext. 1485.  The Public Meeting is scheduled for:

Date:  Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Time:  3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Location:  Peterborough City Hall, Doris Room, 500 George St. N.


Douro Street Traffic Calming Study

A traffic calming study is underway on Prince Street, including a public consultation component.  A public meeting was held on May 12 to share study findings and obtain input on possible solutions.  Click the link to view the display material from the public meeting.  Report USTR16-008  Douro Street Traffic Calming Study was considered by City Council on June 27, 2016.

Prince Street Traffic Calming Study

A traffic calming study is underway on Prince Street, including a public consultation component.  A public meeting was held on April 14 to share study findings and obtain input on possible solutions.  Click the link to view the display material from the public meeting.  The City would appreciate your comments on these options via email to Peter Malin.  Report USTR16-007 Prince Street Traffic Calming Study was submitted to Council on May 30, 2016.

Cycling Lanes on George Street and Water Street

Work is underway to improve and expand the cycling lanes on George and Water Street.  Parking is now prohibited in the cycling lanes north of McDonnel Street and the lanes are being restriped this fall, adding in a painted buffer between the cycling lane and the vehicle travel lane.  In addition, the cycling lanes are being extended south to Hunter Street this year, and to Perry Street by Del Crary Park next year.  In the downtown, the cycling lanes will be between the parking lane and the vehicle travel lane.  Cycling lanes will also be provided on Sherbrooke Street between George Street and Sherbrooke Street to increase connectivity of the cycling network.

New Traffic Law at School Crossings

Effective Jan. 1, 2016, drivers and cyclists must stop and yield the entire roadway at:

  • pedestrian crossovers; and,
  • school crossings and all intersections where there is a crossing guard.

Only when pedestrians and school crossing guards are safely on the sidewalk, can drivers and cyclists proceed. Cyclists must follow the same rules as drivers and may face the same fines as drivers. More information is available in this fact sheet and on the Ministry of Transportation websitelinks to external site.

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Active Transportation By-Law

The Active Transportation By-Law specifies where you can cycle, rollerblade and skateboard.  People using electric wheelchairs and motorized scooters are considered pedestrians and are permitted on all sidewalks and trails. 

The by-law says that:

  1. Cyclists and skateboarders must always yield to pedestrians and pass with courtesy by providing an audible warning.
  2. Skateboarding and in-line skating are permitted on sidewalks outside of the downtown and in cycling lanes on roads, as well as multi-use trails.
  3. Children under 14 years of age are permitted to bicycle on sidewalks outside of the downtown.
  4. Bicycling and skateboarding are prohibited on sidewalks in the downtown.
  5. Paths adjacent to a road that are outside of the downtown and wider than 2 m are considered multi-use paths and cycling, skateboarding, in-line skating and bicycle style e-bikes are permitted, as well as pedestrians.
  6. E-bikes are now defined as either a scooter style e-bike or a bicycle style e-bike.  Scooter style e-bikes are no longer permitted on multi-use trails and bicycle-style e-bikes are only permitted on multi-use trails while being pedaled.

If you have any questions regarding the Active Transportation By-law, please contact Susan Sauve at 705-742-7777 ext. 1485.


Active Transportation and Health Indicators Report

Active Transportation and health indicators report cover page

A joint project of the City of Peterborough, GreenUP, and the Peterborough County-City Health Unit, the Active Transportation and Health Indicators report highlights the factors influencing rates of active transportation in our community and also illustrates the impact walking and cycling have on human and environmental health.  The report was released October 2014 and the media release provides additional information.  The findings are also summarized in the Primer that accompanies the report.



Sidewalk Strategic Plan - Results of the 2012 Update 

Recognizing the value of a walkable community and the essential role that sidewalks play, the City of Peterborough policy is to provide sidewalks on both sides of all streets. Some streets were developed prior to this policy being in place and as a result, there are no sidewalks on many streets. Every year, new sidewalks are installed in locations where there was no sidewalk previously.

In order to provide these new sidewalks where they are most needed, the city developed a Sidewalk Strategic Plan in 2008. The Sidewalk Strategic Plan ranks all missing sidewalks in the city according to a set of criteria to determine which sidewalks are the most important to provide. The criteria are comprehensive and examples include the type of street, how many students are designated walkers in that area, proximity to high density housing and whether it is on a transit route. The focus for provision of new sidewalks is on ones that are a Priority 1 or 2. The Plan only addresses locations where new sidewalks should be provided, not where sidewalks need repair.

The Plan was updated in 2012 and the reports and appendices are provided below.

Sidewalk Strategic Plan - 2012 Update Report

Appendix A - Matrix of Ranked Missing Sidewalks

Appendix B - Map of Sidewalks Showing Priority Ratings

Appendix C - Map of Sidewalks Built from 2008-2012

2012 Comprehensive Transportation Plan

A review of the 2002 Comprehensive Transportation Plan was completed in November 2011 and the Final Report is now available for review at the Utility Services Department in City Hall.  The Executive Summary and a version of the report without the Executive Summary and Appendices (this is a smaller file size) are also available here.

Trails and Bikeways Map  

This map has detailed city trails and bikeways information on one side and the Greater Peterborough Road Cyclist Map on the other.  The map is available at City Hall, Peterborough Green-Up, Peterborough & the Kawarthas Tourism and Peterborough cycling shops.  These are the maps in pdf format.

City of Peterborough Trails & Bikeways Map

County of Peterborough (and Beyond) Road Cyclist Map


Idling By-Law In Effect November 1, 2008

Peterborough's Idling Control By-Law came into effect on November 1, 2008.  Subject to limited exceptions, the by-law prohibits vehicles from idling in excess of two minutes.   The goal of the by-law is to reduce unnecessary vehicle emissions.  Refer to the Idling Control leaflet for information about the by-law.  For further information, contact Peterborough Green-Up at 705-745-3238 ext. 203.  By-Law enforcement is primarily handled by Parking Enforcement Officers. The phone number for City parking enforcement is 705-742-7777 ext. 2802.

Transportation Documents