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Transportation

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

Strategic Downtown Parking Management Study

The City of Peterborough is undertaking a Strategic Downtown Parking Management Study.  A public consultation is currently underway including an Open House on Wednesday, July 5.  The information presented at the meeting is available for comment until July 24, 2017.  Please send comments to:

Dennis VanAmerongen
Traffic Engineering Technologist
City of Peterborough
705-742-7777 extension 1843

Don Drackley
Project Manager
IBI Group

Image of a pedestrian crossover

About New Pedestrian and Cycling Crossings

Pedestrian Crossovers

The City of Peterborough’s first Pedestrian Crossover is located on Douro
Street at the Rotary Trail.  This new pedestrian device makes it easy for
pedestrians to cross the road.  By law, drivers and cyclists must stop and
yield to pedestrians intending to cross the road.

What is a Pedestrian Crossover? 

Pedestrian crossovers are identified by signs, pavement markings and
some have pedestrian-activated warning lights. Pedestrian crossovers
are road crossings installed on streets with low to medium vehicular
traffic and are a new way for pedestrians to easily and safely cross the road. By law, drivers and cyclists must stop and yield to pedestrians intending to cross the road, and wait for them to completely reach the other side before proceeding.

 

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Rules around Pedestrian Crossovers

For Pedestrians:

  • Use caution, indicate that you want to cross and ensure drivers see you
    before you enter the road.
  • Cross only when traffic has come to a complete stop and it is safe.
  • If there is a push button at the crossing, press it to activate the
    flashing lights.
  • Cyclists must dismount and walk your bike across the road.

For Drivers & Cyclists riding with traffic: 

  • Watch for and prepare to stop at pedestrian crossovers at the marked yield bar.
  • Wait until the pedestrian has completely crossed the road before proceeding.
  • Drive with caution when the road is clear.

For Cyclists using the Trail:Cycling cross-ride image 

  • Cyclists using the Pedestrian Crossover with “ladder” style stripes
    must dismount and walk your bike across the road.
  • Cyclists who do not wish to dismount their bike may use the Cross-Ride
  • Use caution, indicate that you want to cross and ensure drivers see
    you before you enter the road.
  • Cross only when traffic has come to a complete stop and it is safe.

 

 

New Traffic Law at Pedestrian Crossovers  

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.

This new law, part of Making Ontario’s Road Safer Act is intended to make roads safer for school children, pedestrians and school crossing guards.  Pedestrians, school children and school crossing guards are among the most vulnerable road users. The new law responds to recommendations related to pedestrian safety in the Chief Coroner’s Report on Pedestrian Deaths released in 2012 and also to numerous requests from municipalities and safety organizations.

What are the penalties?

Under the Highway Traffic Act, drivers and cyclists failing to obey this new law could result in a fine in the range of $150-$500 and the loss of 3 demerit points.

Cyclists could be fined $85 for failing to dismount and walk their bicycle when crossing within the marked pedestrian crossover. Cyclists on the trail should use the “cross-ride” painted crossing beside the pedestrian crossover.

Pedestrians could be fined $35 for leaving the curb or other place of safety at a pedestrian crossover and walking, running or moving into the path of a vehicle that is so close that it is impracticable for the driver of the vehicle to stop safely.

For more information on this and other new traffic laws within the province of Ontario please visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation website

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. T

The following information was used in the public consultation on the project in March 2017.  Based on feedback submitted through the public consultation, the lighting concept has been revised over the bridge to be more evenly spaced and spill less light onto the river.

Information about the Trail Lighting Project and Proposed Lighting System Design

Aerial View showing where the Lighting System will Provide Light

Questions or comments can be forwarded to Susan Sauve, 705-742-7777 ext. 1485.

Cycling Lanes on George Street and Water Street

In 2017, the cycling lanes on George Street are being extended down to Lake Street, just past Del Crary Park.  The Water Street cycling lanes are being extended south to Sherbrooke Street.  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 Water Street to complete the cycling network along these streets.

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 2016 and the reports and appendices are provided below.

Sidewalk Strategic Plan - 2016 Update Report

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