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The Transportation Division 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

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.

Completing the Cycling Network on George Street and Water Street in Downtown Peterborough
The City is seeking public input on the draft concepts for the extension of the cycling lanes on George and Water Street from Hunter Street to Sherbrooke Street, including Sherbrooke Street between George Street and Water Street.  On-street parking on both sides of the street will be maintained.   A public meeting is scheduled for:

Date:  Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Time:  6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Peterborough Public Library, Auditorium

For your convenience and information, an electronic copy of the main display boards that will be displayed at the meeting is available now, as well as the survey.  Please submit comments by April 22, 2016.


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. 

active transportation permitted uses chart
passing on a multi-use trail

Note that:

  1. 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.
  2. Children under 14 years of age are permitted to bicycle on sidewalks outside of the downtown.
  3. Bicycling and skateboarding are prohibited on sidewalks in the downtown.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.




George Street Improvement Project - Sherbrooke Street to Perry Street

All details on this project are available within the Studies area of this site.


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