Integrated multi-modal and active transportation solutions will continue to shift how we move around the city. Investments in transit, cycling and pathway infrastructure will continue to be a priority.
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May 1, 2018: Council approved the award of contract to supply and operate a Kingston Community Bike Sharing System. Dropbike Inc. will operate the bike sharing system for three years, starting in the summer of 2018.
Residents were invited to learn about Walk 'n' Roll – the City's Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) and the draft active transportation options aimed at helping the City achieve the target of having 20 per cent of all trips be active ones by 2034. The draft plan will be presented to EITP on June 11.
December 19, 2017: Work has been initiated on the City’s new Vision Zero strategic road safety program being led by the consulting team of CIMA+. It will continue through the course of 2018 and involve public engagement and input and collaboration with multiple community partners and other stakeholders.
These plans along with transit plans and the Official Plan will provide a basis for both City-initiated projects and technical input on private land developments to ensure active transportation connections, transit infrastructure, routes and street design are in place to improve connections and enhance multi-modal integration.
In 2017 Council approved a bike share pilot program. Bike sharing offers those without bicycles, like tourists or pedestrians, convenient use of a rented bike for getting around Kingston.
More details are available on page 18 of the Strategic Priorities Update Report Number 18-006.
December 1, 2017: Kingston sees highest national growth in commuters using transit.
July 25, 2017: Work to construct a multi-use pathway along Bath Road between Collins Bay Road and Coverdale Drive has been rescheduled and will be completed May to October 2018 to accommodate repairs to the shoreline, which had been eroded by high water earlier this season.
July 25, 2017: The draft vision and draft road-network improvements for Walk ‘n' Roll Kingston – the City's first active transportation plan is made available for public input.
May 2, 2017: Council approved a preferred design for the Bath Road cycling and waterfront trail project, which requires the elimination of one motor vehicle lane in the eastbound direction and the maintenance of two motor vehicles lanes in the westbound direction on Bath Road between the curve east of Collins Bay Road through to the Bayridge Drive Overpass to install a concrete median with flexible bollards in order to create a multi-use pathway.
March 28, 2017: Staff hosted an open house to present the revised drawings to remove one lane of traffic in each direction to accommodate a bikeway and multi-use pathway on the 1.7 km stretch of Bath Road between Collins Bay Road and Coverdale Drive.
March 13, 2017: Staff released the results of a fall survey on Active Transportation. The survey was conducted to hear resident's ideas for increasing walking, cycling and wheeling.
December 6, 2016: Advancements continue to be made as Kingston focuses on encouraging more active transportation. Work has commenced on the preparation of a new Active Transportation Master Plan for the City of Kingston being led by the consulting team of WSP-MMM. Approval of grant funding in the amount of $268,500 (50% of cost) of new cycling infrastructure on Bath Road (Collins Bay to Coverdale) was received from the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program. The segregate bikeway will add another 1.7 km of cycling facilities to the City’s overall cycling network and make improvements to the Ontario Waterfront Trail system.
All high school students, as of September 1, 2016, have access to free public transit.
The downtown transfer point for Kingston Transit has received EA approval. The work will be initiated in Q4 2017 and will be completed in phases to reduce the impact of construction in the area. Construction on the transfer point at the Cataraqui Town Centre is complete and the upgraded transfer point reopened the first week in November.
An updated Kingston Transit five-year plan was approved by council as part of 2017 budget deliberations.
October 25, 2016: Staff hosted a public open house to present the preliminary drawing for the Bath Road Bikeway. City staff and the project's design consultant were on hand to speak one-on-one with residents about the project. The 1.7 km bikeway will be built in the right-of-way along Bath Road from Collins Bay Road to Coverdale Drive in 2017. It will consist of: a 3 metre-wide asphalt multi-use lane on the south side of Bath Road for use by both cyclists and pedestrians; certain sections will have a raised concrete curb between the roadway and the multi-use lane; and a 1.5 metre-wide cycling lane on the north side of Bath Road.
June 16, 2016: Design options were presented at the second Highway 15 Municipal Class Environmental Assessment open house on June 16. The Highway 15 Class EA is considering the current and future transportation needs of pedestrians, cyclists, Kingston Transit and vehicles in light of the recent and expected growth in this area.
May 1, 2016: Preliminary detailed design work has begun on a 2.1 km asphalt bikeway in the right-of-way along Bath Road from Collins Creek to Coverdale Drive. To be completed in 2017, the bikeway will connect two sections of the Waterfront Trail and is supported by $268,500 in funds from the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program – 50 per cent of its cost.
November 17, 2015: Council deferred the Transportation Master Plan to allow staff to refine it to include higher transit ridership targets and other amendments. Visit here.