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What’s all the buzz about?

You may have heard that we’ve installed bike lanes on four streets in Alcona – Anna Maria Ave., Jans Blvd., Leslie Dr. and Webster Blvd. These lanes are a new pilot project to promote physical activity and see whether residents use them as a way to get around town.

Why are we doing this?

This bike lane pilot project is a result of community feedback collected over the course of our Transportation Master Plan in 2017. You told us that you wanted more bike lanes in town, and now we’re making it happen. Rather than implement them all over town, we decided to start with a few in order to measure how successful they are first.

What are the next steps?

As the lines were not painted correctly in 2019 the Town will be repainting the lines during the late Summer of 2020. Further information on dates that impact your road are highlighted above in the Banner section of this page and below under Schedule.

Schedule

The Bicycle Lanes Painting will occur beginning on August 25th, 2020 and will be completed by the end of Day September 18th, 2020 for all roads receiving bicycle lanes.

All painted symbols, crosswalks, stop bars, etc to be completed by October 2nd, 2020.

All longitudinal lines that make up the bike lane lines, lane lines, centrelines, etc, to be completed by October 2nd, 2020.

Parking Impacts

The Town will have towing support on hand to tow vehicles out of the way should vehicles still be on the road when the line painting crews are working.

Notices will highlight this information as well.

Public Engagement

The below Q&A is provided so that we are able to hear from the community throughout construction and through the pilot period.

The Town has mailed out notices on August 18th, 2020. Due to the condensed schedule provided by the Line Painting Contractor (Upper Canada Road Services), the Town is working hard to provide as much notice as possible through various resources.

Mobile Signs

The Town will be placing mobile signage that will be placed at either end of the major roads for as many days as we’re able to get ahead of application to provide a reminder of the scheduled line painting work to be completed.

Public Education

The Town will be adding automated bicycle counters to monitor the usage of the bike lanes. The counters will allow Town Staff to collect data to showcase actual usage Once this information is collected Town Staff will conduct a full review of the pilot and either extend the project permanently, or let the paint fade out naturally.

Attached to this page under the Bike Lanes Educational Resources tab are information sheets for each roadway that will be receiving bike lanes. Please review and provide any feedback that you may have under the Q&A section of this page.


What’s all the buzz about?

You may have heard that we’ve installed bike lanes on four streets in Alcona – Anna Maria Ave., Jans Blvd., Leslie Dr. and Webster Blvd. These lanes are a new pilot project to promote physical activity and see whether residents use them as a way to get around town.

Why are we doing this?

This bike lane pilot project is a result of community feedback collected over the course of our Transportation Master Plan in 2017. You told us that you wanted more bike lanes in town, and now we’re making it happen. Rather than implement them all over town, we decided to start with a few in order to measure how successful they are first.

What are the next steps?

As the lines were not painted correctly in 2019 the Town will be repainting the lines during the late Summer of 2020. Further information on dates that impact your road are highlighted above in the Banner section of this page and below under Schedule.

Schedule

The Bicycle Lanes Painting will occur beginning on August 25th, 2020 and will be completed by the end of Day September 18th, 2020 for all roads receiving bicycle lanes.

All painted symbols, crosswalks, stop bars, etc to be completed by October 2nd, 2020.

All longitudinal lines that make up the bike lane lines, lane lines, centrelines, etc, to be completed by October 2nd, 2020.

Parking Impacts

The Town will have towing support on hand to tow vehicles out of the way should vehicles still be on the road when the line painting crews are working.

Notices will highlight this information as well.

Public Engagement

The below Q&A is provided so that we are able to hear from the community throughout construction and through the pilot period.

The Town has mailed out notices on August 18th, 2020. Due to the condensed schedule provided by the Line Painting Contractor (Upper Canada Road Services), the Town is working hard to provide as much notice as possible through various resources.

Mobile Signs

The Town will be placing mobile signage that will be placed at either end of the major roads for as many days as we’re able to get ahead of application to provide a reminder of the scheduled line painting work to be completed.

Public Education

The Town will be adding automated bicycle counters to monitor the usage of the bike lanes. The counters will allow Town Staff to collect data to showcase actual usage Once this information is collected Town Staff will conduct a full review of the pilot and either extend the project permanently, or let the paint fade out naturally.

Attached to this page under the Bike Lanes Educational Resources tab are information sheets for each roadway that will be receiving bike lanes. Please review and provide any feedback that you may have under the Q&A section of this page.


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    Has tbe Town conducted a Risk Assessment where Bike Lanes are adjacent the Travel Lanes especially compared with the safer format of Travel/Parking/Buffer/Bike/curb? You have planned the riskier Travel/Bike/Buffer/Parking/curb.

    dmad asked about 2 months ago

    Hello,

    The Town has not completed a Risk Assessment where Bike Lanes are adjacent to Travel Lanes however, the Town recognizes that a buffer on both sides of the bike lane would be preferred. Based on available width along a street for parking lanes, travel lanes, and bike lanes, we are often forced to choose between buffers with parked cars and buffers with traveling cars due to space constraints. Some factors that helped us make this decision include:

    • OTM Book 18, our most complete local guidance for bikeway design, identified the need for a 0.5-1.0m buffer for bike lanes adjacent to parking, while the need for the buffer to traveled lanes is dependent on roadway class, speed and volume.
    • We try to follow research about cyclist injuries and risk to maker sure they are designed for injury prevention. Several cities have studied cycling collisions and dooring (cyclist being hit by a driver opening the door of a parked car) is a high risk and frequent collision type. For example, the City of Vancouver found that dooring collisions make up for 15.2% of bike collisions where as a Motor Vehicle and Bicycle use collided while travelling in the same direction makes up for 5.7%. Based on this information it was found that dooring collisions are 3X as common as collision between drivers and cyclists travelling in the same direction along a corridor. We know that parked cars present a significant risk so the buffer is critical in these locations. 
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    Hello, please help me understand to be better informed. Why are roads being painted again only a year later? Why did the job not last. Personally the job lacked craftsmanship last year and I truly hope it’s done right this year.

    SGirot asked about 2 months ago

    Hello,

    Thank you for showing interest in the bicycle lane project! You are correct, in 2019 the pavement markings applied were not as specified and were applied in temperatures below the paint manufacturers recommendations. Roadway paint typically requires temperatures above 10 Degrees C to cure properly to the roadway. The paint applied in 2019 was applied in conditions where it was not able to cure properly and caused the paint to come off the roadway prematurely.  Based on the experience from 2019 the Town did more research to ensure the pavement markings are done properly in 2020 which has caused construction to only begin in August of 2020.

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    Why isn't there a buffer between ALL bike lanes and travel lanes?

    dmad asked 2 months ago

    Wherever feasible, the Town recognizes a buffer on both sides would be preferred. Based on the available width along a street for parking lanes, travel lanes and bike lanes, the design is often forced to choose between buffers with parked cars and buffers with travelling cars due to space constraints. 

    Some factors that help us make these decisions in these instances include:

    • Ontario Traffic Manual (OTM) Book 18, our most complete local guidance for bikeway design. OTM Book 18 identifies the need for a 0.5 - 1.0m buffer for bike lanes adjacent parking lanes, while the need for the buffer to traveled lanes is dependent on roadway class, speed and volume.
    • Much municipal research indicates that most cyclist injuries are due to cyclists and vehicle doors colliding. The risk to make sure we are designing for injury prevention is higher for these types of collisions. Several cities have studied cycling collisions and dooring (cyclist being hit by a driver opening the door of a parked car) is a high-risk and frequent collision type. For example, the City of Vancouver found that dooring collisions were 3 times as common as collision between drivers and cyclists travelling in the same direction along a corridor. We know that parked cars present a significant risk so the buffer is critical in these locations.

    We really appreciate your feedback. 

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    Hi. The parking lane on Webster blvd is currently opposite the park. With the painting of the new bike and parking lanes has the town also performed another review of where these parking lanes will be? Would it not make more sense to the have the parking lane on the same side as the park so that cars can park one behind the other during soccer games at the park. The way it is right now cars would have to park on the other side of the street where there is a drive way every couple of feet and kids will need to cross a busy road where there is no stop sign for them to safely cross. If the parking lane is still going to be on the opposite side of the street what is the plan for all those cars that will no longer have space to park for soccer games and will a stop sign be placed on webster and robins gate so the kids can cross the road safely?

    Vicky asked about 2 months ago

    The Town considered the trade-off between availability/quantity of on-street parking and proximity to end destinations. For example, along a typical residential street that might have houses on one side (like Webster near Nevils), there would be more parking capacity available if you kept the parking lane on the east side of the road because there are fewer driveways and intersections. However, most people want to access the west side, so in this case we went with the west side given that we do not think parking capacity is a major concern here. This is also true near Webster Park. There are more residential properties on the opposite side of the street so we envisioned that more people would be parking for access to these residential homes. 

    If there is a high frequency of people driving to the park, we do not think it would be inappropriate to revisit that side of the street for the parking in the future, it just impacts the overall consistency of the corridor (i.e. switching the bike lane to the other side at the intersection).  

    During our Consultant’s site visit there appeared to be more demand on the residential side over a longer period of time, however, there is room for consideration and if the bicycle lanes pilot project is adopted as a long term project, the Town will revisit this item and reassess. 

    In the meantime, the Town will engage the Consultant to assess the intersection of Webster Blvd and Robin's Gate with it's proximity to Webster Park to determine if it meets the warrants for a crossing. 

    We very much appreciate your feedback.

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    Seems reasonable to me that a bike lane should be created on Big bay Point road from the 25th sideroad to the point, past Friday Harbour's entrance. The traffic has grown substantially with a soft gravel shoulder making bike riding treacherous. Has one been considered? Why shouldn't Friday Harbour developers pay for the creation, as they are responsible for the dramatic increase in cars? johnwhughes@mac.com

    the pines asked 2 months ago

    Hello There, 

    Thank you for the feedback.

    The Town is currently working on issuing a Request for Proposal for the design of a multi use trail and/or sidewalk + bicycle lane on 25th Sideroad from Big Bay Point Road / 13th Line to Innisfil Beach Road. It will be constructed over several years starting in 2022. These works are all partially funded from Development Charges.


    Regarding Big Bay Point Road, the Trails Master Plan recommends the following:

    From 13th Line to West Street – paved shoulder (by 2031)

    From West Street to 30th  – a sharrow which is a line painting exercise with a bicycle lane symbol. I believe these works are all partially funded by Development Charges as well. 


    The update to the Town's Transportation Master Plan is scheduled to begin taking place in 2021. Throughout this process, Town Staff will be engaging the public in various ways in order to gain valuable feedback just as you have offered above. 

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    very happy about growing bike lanes! When resurfacing all our major roads can you please consider providing at least a bike shoulder? I'm certain both cyclists and drivers would value. An investment in health goes a long way in saving dollars in countless areas.

    katmcgill asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for the feedback. 

    Multiple user types of road right of ways are most definitely considered and implemented where applicable, even if it's for future use in newer developments. It is a bit trickier trying to accommodate these types of initiatives in well established neighbourhoods with limited width in road cross sections - though we consider it where feasible.  The Town agrees that investing in various opportunities to improve all levels of health is a strategic priority. Again, thank you for the feedback, it is very valuable to receive all types of feedback. 

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    On a arterial residential street such as Jans and Webster we should have parking on both sides of the street. This helps with the safety of everyone. Drivers, Cyclist and Pedestrian's. It also helps with snow ploughing and winter operations. We have nearby schools and many children crossing the street and very few traffic calming measures. things really need to be thought out as professionals and not as kindergarten kids. The last plan was absolutely horrific.

    AlconaNostra asked 2 months ago

    Hello There, 

    Thank you for the feedback. Both Jans Blvd and Webster Blvd are Collector Roads, their primary function being connections to other Collector/Arterial Roads. 

    Though parking on road offers many residents the convenience of having more parking spots available than what their typical driveway accommodates,  additional parking on the road hinders snow plow operations and creates many hiding places for children and pedestrians alike. 

    The width of the above roads were designed to accommodate multiple types of users.  Parking has been maintained on one side of the road for the convenience of residents who live nearby and bicycle lanes are being installed to help facilitate other Town strategic goals. 

    Town Staff recognize that the line painting that was placed in 2019 was very confusing. This was because it was done incorrectly.  Town Staff have put additional precautions in place to ensure the project goes much smoother this time around. 

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    Kudos to having this done. My only question is if they will be repainted or redone? some of the lines are not straight, or double painted and in the rain they are hard to see in the evening/night.

    Mccluskeyc asked 11 months ago

    Hello,

    Thank you for reaching out to the Town with your comments. The Town will be looking into having the lines corrected/ repainted in spring/ summer of 2020.

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    Hey innisfil, plenty of friends and family of mine drive to work daily on the routes that the lines are on. A lot of the times we have to swerve out of the way of parked cars, and have trouble reading the lines. Shouldn’t the bike lanes be on the side of the road? Sometimes the driving lane is too close narrow and close to the parking lane, and the cars don’t even fit into the parking lane most of the time. We think it should just be removed, thanks!

    Burtis1810 asked 11 months ago

    Hello,

    Many of the lines painted are not as per our contract drawings and specifications. The Town will be looking into correcting these lines in the spring/summer of 2020. The lanes were narrowed to slow down the speed of traffic however, the lanes are still wide enough to accommodate various types of vehicles.


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    Will the lines on Webster be repainted? They are fading weeks after installation.

    Stuart.denny asked 11 months ago

    Hello,

    Thank you for your inquiry about the pavement marking completed on Webster Boulevard. The Town will be correcting the lines in the spring/summer of 2020.