Athol Street Cycle Tracks

Consultation has concluded

The City of Oshawa is proposing cycle tracks, also known as separated bike lanes, along Athol Street from Mary Street to Centre Street and we invite you to a Public Information Centre on to review and comment on different options being considered for implementation. Cycle tracks or separated bike lanes require more width than typical bike lanes. In order to maintain traffic flow and bus service, the design will result in the removal of on-street parking along the south side.

The City of Oshawa Engineering Services staff thanks everyone who provided their thoughts and suggestions. Your feedback was reviewed and is captured in a report to the Development Services Committee that will be presented to the Development Services Committee on Monday, June 19, 2017.

The City of Oshawa is proposing cycle tracks, also known as separated bike lanes, along Athol Street from Mary Street to Centre Street and we invite you to a Public Information Centre on to review and comment on different options being considered for implementation. Cycle tracks or separated bike lanes require more width than typical bike lanes. In order to maintain traffic flow and bus service, the design will result in the removal of on-street parking along the south side.

The City of Oshawa Engineering Services staff thanks everyone who provided their thoughts and suggestions. Your feedback was reviewed and is captured in a report to the Development Services Committee that will be presented to the Development Services Committee on Monday, June 19, 2017.

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.
  • Are the by-laws going to be amended to include e-bikes? There's a massive amount of them in Oshawa, and they will continue to be used as they are affordable. Will they be using these lanes? Or will they be restricted to non-motorized bicycles due to the higher and sometimes unregulated speed of e-bikes.

    Dr.House asked 6 months ago

    The City’s by-laws already include e-bikes or power assisted bicycles.

    As per our by-laws, e-bikes are not allowed on sidewalks but, can be operated along trails.

    E-bikes are allowed to be operated in bike lanes as the same rules of the road that apply to bicycles also apply to e-bikes.

    For more information on e-bikes and where they can be operated, please visit our webpage.


  • How do we eliminate parking in bike lanes?

    7 months ago

    This is an enforcement issue and we will work with our Municipal Law Enforcement and Licensing Services department on resolving this matter.

  • Do we have data on cyclists in the city?

    7 months ago

    Currently, the City does not collect data on cyclists. However, as part of this project, counters will be implemented to collect data on cyclists.

  • How are you replacing parking that is being removed? Are you adding additional parking elsewhere?

    7 months ago

    Additional parking is not envisioned to be added as part of this project. However, the project team have been in contact with Transportation and Parking Services to determine if additional parking is required.

  • Will there be designated bike parking?

    7 months ago

    As part of implementation of cycle tracks, bike parking will be considered.

  • What considerations are in place for the future growth and development of green transportation in downtown Oshawa?

    7 months ago

    The Council approved Active Transportation Master Plan provides the City with directions and recommendations on how to expand the active transportation network within the City. For more information, please refer to the Active Transportation Master Plan.

  • How many parking spaces are being eliminated?

    7 months ago

    22 parking spaces will be removed to accommodate the proposed design.

  • What is the width of the bike lanes?

    7 months ago

    The proposed width is 1.8 metres with at least 0.5 metre buffers.

  • How will cyclists connect to the existing trails?

    7 months ago

    Connections to the existing Michael Starr Trail and the Joseph Kolodzie Oshawa Creek Bike Path will be implemented either as an expansion of the scope of work for this project, if Council approves or it will be scheduled for implementation for a later year, subject to Council approval.

  • What type of road markings are you considering?

    7 months ago

    We would use standard pavement markings that have been used elsewhere in the city along with any that are recommended in the Ontario Traffic Manual Book 18.

  • How will the mountable curbs impact snow removal?

    7 months ago

    Snow removal along the road should not be impacted and depending on the option that is implemented, snow removal in the cycle track will occur similar to how the City clears sidewalks.

  • Cars are always parked in the one up Mary St so what's the point?

    PKennedy asked 7 months ago

    There are some sections of Mary Street where parking is allowed.
      
    If vehicles are parked within the bike lanes where no parking signs are posted, please report it to Municipal Law Enforcement and Licensing Services department as it is an enforcement issue. Only through enforcement can we discourage motorists from parking in the bike lanes.

  • What is a mountable curb?

    7 months ago

    A mountable curb has sloping faces that allow vehicles to readily climb/encroach on them without damaging tires and wheels. Mountable curbs would allow delivery vehicles to maneuver in and out of loading areas while using the full width of the roadway. It would also allow entry and exit from the cycle track for passing other cyclists or to access vehicular turn lanes.

  • A group of Seniors connected to the OSCC at the Northview Centre ride every Tuesday And Thursday from May to November all over Oshawa as part of an organized program and a link along Athol that would allow access points to the Starr and Kolodzie trails to the Lake would very very helpful. Can this be done as part of this proposal?

    Peter Martin asked 7 months ago

    Currently, the scope of this project does not include the connections. However, we will be taking a report to Council in the Spring to update them on the feedback received from the open house and to request Council to expand the scope of work to include the connections.

  • What is being done to educate motorists about bike lanes and cyclists rights on the road?

    Melmarie asked 7 months ago

    As more and more cycling infrastructure is implemented and as the number of residents choose to cycle, there definitely needs to be some form of educational programs for both cyclists and motorists. 

    Durham Region has a Regional Cycling Communication Plan and is currently implementing the recommendations.

    The City established the Oshawa Active Transportation Advisory Committee to advise Council on active transportation matters and to promote and educate the public. Also, the City is working towards creating cycling educational programs to do the same.

  • Where can we access the online survey? I can't find a link on this page.

    SJ asked 7 months ago

    Thank you for your interest in the Athol Street Cycle Tracks survey. It is available on the Athol Street Cycle Tracks project webpage under the “Take the Suvey” tab or you can access it directly now


  • How many bikers presently use Athol St between Charles and Centre St?

    Lance asked 7 months ago

    Currently, this information is not being collected. However, as part of this project, a bike counter will be installed along Athol Street to collect how many cyclists will be using the cycle track.



  • Would the city be willing to entertain a mandatory bicycle license program on cyclists using these lanes to help offset the costs? If so, would the city also require mandatory education for cyclists to ensure they understand the rules of the road in order to coexist safely and lawfully with motorists?

    mike hance asked 7 months ago

    At this point, there are no plans for any mandatory bicycle licencing program to be implemented.




  • along the south side? What about bikes going the other direction?

    jamie_b52 asked 7 months ago

    All the options proposed for cycle tracks will accommodate two-way cycling.





  • Ranjit, will you be posting OTM Book 18 appropriate caution signs re Dooring hazard? Unless your curb/buffer is very wide, the risk still might exist for "dooring" into Cycle Track from passengers side of parked cars.

    Bruce asked 7 months ago

    The design and associated markings and signage will be in accordance with the Ontario Traffic Manual Book 18.  The proposed curb/buffer between parked cars and the bike lane/cycle track will be at least 0.5 metres wide.





  • What is the difference between cycle tracks and bike lanes?

    7 months ago

    A bike lane is a portion of the road that is assigned solely for cyclists using pavement markings and signage.  An example is the bike lanes along Mary Street.

    A cycle track, separated bike lane or protected bike lane, all refer to the same thing, which is, a bike lane that is located within or next to the roadway, but is made distinct from both the sidewalk and roadway by vertical barriers or elevation differences. 

    Illustration of the difference between a bike lane and a cycle track


  • Is there any opportunity to extend the proposed Athol cycle track to connect with the Michael Starr Trail or the Joseph Kolodzie Oshawa Creek Bike Path?

    7 months ago

    In order to expand the scope of work for this project to include the connections to the Michael Starr Trail and the Joseph Kolodzie Oshawa Creek Bike Path, Council approval is required. The best way to get approval is to advise your Councillor of your interests in this project and let them know that you want the trail connections to happen as part of this project.


  • When will the cycle tracks be installed?

    7 months ago

    It is anticipated that construction will be completed by the Fall of 2017.

  • How can I share by thoughts on this project?

    7 months ago

    By participating in the Athol Street Cycle Track Public Information Centre event on Tuesday, February 28 from  6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. in the C Wing Committee Room located within Oshawa City Hall (50 Centre Street South, Oshawa). City staff from Engineering Services will provide a presentation on the proposed project beginning at 6:30 p.m., followed by a question and answer session. Attendees will have the opportunity to provide their perspective on the key areas of consideration.

    You can also participate by filling out the online survey before March 17 or by contacting the project lead listed in the project contacts.

  • How much will the Athol Street Cycle Tracks cost?

    7 months ago

    Depending on the preferred design, it is estimated that the project will cost approximately $80,000 to $150,000.