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.
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
For more information on e-bikes and
where they can be operated, please visit our webpage.
How do we eliminate parking in bike lanes?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
parking spaces will be removed to
accommodate the proposed design.
What is the width of the bike lanes?
proposed width is 1.8 metres with at least 0.5 metre buffers.
How will cyclists connect to the existing trails?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?
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
What is being done to educate motorists about bike lanes and cyclists rights on the road?
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
Durham Region has a Regional
Cycling Communication Plan and is currently implementing the
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.
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
How many bikers presently use Athol St between Charles and Centre St?
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
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?
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?
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.
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
What is the difference between cycle tracks and bike lanes?
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.
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?
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?
It is anticipated that construction will be completed by the Fall of
How can I share by thoughts on this project?
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?
Depending on the preferred design, it is
estimated that the project will cost approximately $80,000 to $150,000.