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Walking and Cycling

The City of Peterborough develops and maintains a network of pedestrian and cycling facilities, and supports a number of programs that encourage the use of active transportation.  Additional information is found on the Peterborough Moves website which is a partnership between the City of Peterborough, GreenUP and Peterborough Public Health.

Sidewalk Policy and Sidewalk Strategic Plan

The Sidewalk Policy requires that sidewalks be provided on both sides of new and reconstructed streets.  Where sidewalks are missing along existing streets, sidewalks are provided according to need as identified in the Sidewalk Strategic Plan.  Each year, about 2 km of new sidewalks are installed along existing streets.  In addition, intersection and mid-block crossing points are upgraded or added to improve the ease and safety that pedestrians can cross the road.

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How to Use Cycling Lanes

This brochure has been created to show cyclists and drivers how to use bike lanes, including the green pavement markings.  Contact Susan Sauve for printed copies.

Bike Parking

Do you manage an apartment building or place of employment?  We have information on how to provide bike parking at your building, what to look for in a bike rack, where to buy one and where to position it for installation.  For more information, contact Susan Sauve at 705-742-7777 ext. 1485.

Cycling Network

The cycling network includes multi-use trails, on-road cycling lanes, marked cycling routes and share the road signs.  Directional signage is provided throughout the system to aid cyclists using the network.  In 2018, these projects are underway:

George Street and Water Street Cycling Lanes – The George Street cycling lanes are being extended south from Hunter Street to Lake Street and the Water Street cycling lanes are being extended from Sherbrooke Street north to Hunter Street.  Cycling lanes will also be provided on Sherbrooke Street between George Street and Water Street. 

Lansdowne Street - A new multi-use trail is being provided on the south side of Lansdowne Street between River Road and Ashburnham Drive.

Crawford Trail - The Crawford Trail currently travels between Crawford Drive and Monaghan Road by Lansdowne Place.  This trail will be extended to the downtown along the former CP Rail line to Townsend Street.  This project will take place in phases over the next two years.

Parkhill Road – Parkhill Road is being reconstructed between Wallis Drive and Akinson Road over several years.  The road design includes a multi-use trail on the north side of the road between Akinson Road and the trail link to Jackson Park and on-road cycling lanes east of the trail access. 

Where Do People Walk and Cycle Locally?

Many walkers, runners and cyclists use an app called Strava to record their activities, compare performance over time, compete with their community, and share the photos, stories and highlights of their activities with friends.  The City of Peterborough is a community member of Strava and this allow you to see all the data collected in maps.  These maps are an indication of where people are walking and cycling the most in the City and County of Peterborough.  We are also collecting data at several trail locations using Eco-Counters and each year count cyclists and pedestrians at several locations throughout the City.  The data is used to evaluate infrastructure improvements and trends in walking and cycling.

Active Transportation By-Law

The Active Transportation By-Law dictates where active transportation users, such as skateboarders and cyclists, are permitted to travel in the City.  The chart that was created from the by-law indicates what uses are permitted where.  All sidewalks, cycling lanes and paved multi-use trails are maintained throughout the winter.

 Locations Where can a bicycle travel?
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Where can a bicycle-style E-Bike travel?
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Where can a scooter-style E-Bike travel?
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Where can in-line skates, rollerblades & skateboards travel?

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Multi-Use Trail

 Yes  Yes, if being pedaled  No Yes 

Image of a Sidewalk Sidewalk (not Downtown)

 No (unless you are under 14 years of age) No  No Yes 

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Sidewalk (downtown)

No 

No No No

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Bicycle Lane

Yes  Yes  Yes  Yes (unless signed otherwise)

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Roads

Yes  Yes  Yes  No (unless signed otherwise)