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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

George Street Improvement Project - Sherbrooke Street to Perry Street

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


Review of By-Laws Regulating Active Forms of Transportation

The City of Peterborough is reviewing its by-laws that regulate active forms of transportation, specifically:

1.  Chapter 729 of the Municipal Code (requirement for a bike license)

2.  By-Law 09-164 - A By-Law to Prohibit Vehicles on Public Lands or Property

3.  By-Law 91-71 - Traffic By-Law

Staff have conducted research into potential options regarding the use of sidewalks and roads by various modes of travel, including cycling, in-line skating, roller skating, skateboarding, longboarding and e-bikes.  Current by-laws prohibit all these modes on sidewalks and roads , except for bicycles and e-bikes, which are permitted on roads. Public consultations have been completed and a report is expected to go to Council this spring.  You can review the information that was at the March 2014 public consultation on-line.  The information is available in both a visual and an audio format.

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

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


2014 Shifting Gears Transportation Challenge

Preparations for this year's Shifting Gears Transportation Challenge are well underway.  In mid-April, a new website will be launched and program information will be distributed at that time.  In the meantime, if you would like information about the Shifting Gears program, contact Brianna Salmon at Peterborough Green-Up at 705-745-3238 x 203. 

This year's Shifting Gears partners are GreenUP, City of Peterborough, Peterborough County-City Health Unit, B!KE - The Community Cycling Hub, Student CarShare and Wild Rock Outfitters. 

Sidewalk Strategic Plan

The purpose of the Sidewalk Strategic Plan, which was adopted by City Council in March 2008, is to prioritize implementation of new sections of sidewalk within the City of Peterborough. Sidewalks are key to support walking as a mode of transportation and recreation. The scope of this project includes missing sections of sidewalk and sidewalk ramps in existing developments throughout the city. The project does not include sidewalk repairs, which are handled through the Public Works Division. The plan is currently being updated and details for the public consultation will be announced early this fall.

This comprehensive analysis of sidewalk and curb cut needs guides sidewalk capital expenditures within the City. The map  that was created to show the ranking of missing sidewalks is a helpful tool to identify where sidewalks are missing and their relative importance.  Sidewalks are categorized into priorities from 1 to 4.  The implementation plan, approved by Council in March 2008, includes the implementation of priority 1 and 2 sidewalks by 2022.  This Plan facilitates maximum benefit derived from capital expenditures on pedestrian facility investments made by the City over the short and long term, while creating efficient and accessible pedestrian linkages throughout the community.

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