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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

Peterborough Canal Trail Public Open House


The City of Peterborough and the Parks Canada Agency are working together on a new trail, the Peterborough Canal Trail. This trail would travel alongside the canal from Lock 19 (just south of Lansdowne Street) to Trent University. In addition, Parks Canada will require maintenance access through Waverley Heights Park from Scollard Drive to the recently rehabilitated Thompson Dam. The route for this maintenance access will also be discussed.

Information available at the Public Open House is posted here so you can review it prior to the meeting and see what is proposed. The on-line survey is now closed. The Public Open House was held March 27 at the Lift Lock Visitor Centre.   

For more information, contact:

Sue Sauve,Transportation Demand Management Planner, Infrastructure and Planning Services

705-742-7777 ext. 1485

Make Commute Time YOUR Time

Join Active Switch to keep tabs on your walking and cycling habits and win prizes while keeping up your levels of physical activity.  When you make walking and biking to work a habit, you are building physical activity into your everyday routines, making commute time YOUR time!

Considering carpooling to make better use of your travel time?  Catch up on emails, the news, etc. when you are the passenger.  New this fall, City staff have access to a state-of-the-art carpool matching program.  Sign up now and build the data base so people like you get out from behind the wheel sometimes and make commute time YOUR time!
Are you worried about how to get home fast if you leave your car at home?  If you sign up with Commute Ontario through either the Active Switch or Carpool Ontario program, you will get reimbursed for a taxi ride home up to a $75 value.




A Metre Matters

With funding from the Province of Ontario, the City and County of Peterborough and Selwyn Township partnered to commission the 'A Metre Matters' campaign, providing vehicle operators with information about leaving one metre of space when passing a person on a bicycle.  The campaign is taking to the air waves, TV and social media in 2018.  The videos (all scenes, ATM, park bench, elevator) are catching on.

Cycling Lanes on George Street and Water Street

In 2018, the cycling lanes on George Street are being extended south 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

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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 2016 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 Infrastructure and Planning 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