Walk 'n' Roll Kingston

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Consultation has concluded

The City of Kingston's Active Transportation Master Plan – branded as Walk 'n' Roll Kingston – has been designed and developed specifically for Kingston. The plan reflects Kingston's unique built form, road network, land use, density, green space, culture, history and key features, including its waterfront, public wants, strategic objectives and future vision.

The ATMP is laying the groundwork to enable the City to meet its active transportation goal. Once in place, the next step will be to develop long-term implementation plans giving the community opportunities for input on potential active transportation options within focus areas.

See the draft plan and executive summary and let us know if you have questions.


The City of Kingston's Active Transportation Master Plan – branded as Walk 'n' Roll Kingston – has been designed and developed specifically for Kingston. The plan reflects Kingston's unique built form, road network, land use, density, green space, culture, history and key features, including its waterfront, public wants, strategic objectives and future vision.

The ATMP is laying the groundwork to enable the City to meet its active transportation goal. Once in place, the next step will be to develop long-term implementation plans giving the community opportunities for input on potential active transportation options within focus areas.

See the draft plan and executive summary and let us know if you have questions.


CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

Ask us your questions about the Walk 'n' Roll Active Transportation Master Plan. A team member will respond within 5 business days.

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    What is being done to to ensure that people on bikes also follow the rules of the road? I see every day bikes ignoring stop signs, ignoring the single file rule, going through red lights. There needs to be more patrol in heavy bike areas. As someone who uses both a bike and a car, I think it's time that someone hold the cyclists accountable for their bad behaviour on the road and not just the motorized vehicles.

    ADC42 asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you very much for reaching out to the City with your feedback regarding safe cycling practices. The recently adopted Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) has a section on Action Plan Initiatives. Within these initiatives there are a few that relate and speak specifically about working collaboratively with the City of Kingston Police to undertake patrols and safety checks along frequently traveled active transit routes, establishing a long term plan for on-going enforcement of legal and safe cycling practices, and also working with Police to develop share the road safety campaign to educate both cyclists and motor vehicle operators on proper and safe cycling. We believe these initiatives along with continued cycling education will help to improve the behavior of cyclists in Kingston who currently do not follow all the rules of the road. 

    Thank you very much for providing us with your feedback and providing your support for safe active transportation in the City of Kingston

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    The bridge crossing the train tracks on Division Street between John counter Boulevard and Weller Avenue has no cycling path. Consequently, cyclists often ride their bikes on the sidewalk. The problem happens when they encounter a pedestrian or another cyclist. When is the city going to build a pedestrian /cycling bridge over the train track that is separated from the street because it’s highly dangerous currently for cyclists and pedestrians? If we have a Vision Zero plan, then please make this a priority! Worth the investment.

    Wendy K asked about 2 years ago

    Thank you very much for reaching out to the City with your feedback. The issue that you have addressed  is something that was also identified in the active transportation master plan (ATMP). The ATMP has noted this crossing as a need to enhance an existing active transportation route which is the K&P trail, this crossing can be found on maps 3A and 3B in the ATMP. Due to the fact this would require works on non City owned land we have identified it as a desire line in the ATMP. Due to the scale and complexity of this project it likely would require an environmental assessment (EA) to review all the options and alternatives. At this time we do not have a specific date for when this would be constructed. However we are now working on the draft implementation plan for projects over the next 5 years and the planning/EA of this project will be considered for inclusion in the short term.

    Thanks again for your feedback and support regarding active transportation in the City.

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    I very much agree with the comments from kingston100. Bike traffic and car traffic need to be separated on busy roads. I think this is worth the investment. Bikers just don't fell safe along these roads. Specifically, I was wondering whether the bike lane will continue along Johnson Street through the downtown core?

    spatel asked about 2 years ago

    Hi,

    Thanks very much for reaching out to the City with your question. Currently the plan indicates that the buffered bike lanes would end at Division St and that a shared use facility (painted sharrows) would continue along Johnson into the downtown core. That being said as we begin to implement these projects around the City we will review and discuss the proposed facility types to ensure they are appropriate. It should also be noted that transportation focus area plans will be developed for specific areas throughout the City, this is discussed in more detail in chapter 3 section 3.2.2 in the ATMP. One of the components of the transportation focus area plan would be looking at improvements for cycling throughout the specific transportation focus area. As a result these plans could identify more appropriate routes into the downtown via neighborhood local streets. For example Earl St was discussed during our consultation and development of the plan as street that many people already use to bike into the downtown, so this is a roadway we could look at potentially for a more permanent cycling route which could include cycle facility upgrades when we complete the transportation focus area plan in this area.

    I hope this answers your question, if you have others please feel free to contact the City again. Thank your for your interest and support in Active Transportation in the City.

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    I attended your Open House on May 14. I was very impressed with all the thought and effort that has gone into your Active Transportation Master Plan. With regards to cycling there needs to be proper separation of cyclists from cars. Painting a white line down Johnson street will not encourage the "marginal" rider to use that road. Raised pathways, curbs and poles are ways to properly separate the car traffic from the cyclists. A number of people at the Open House said they do not feel safe riding their bikes on the streets of Kingston. Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto all use these methods and they have very active biking communities.

    kingston100 asked over 2 years ago

    Thank you very much for your feedback and interest in the Kingston Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP). The ATMP has proposed higher order cycling facilities (more separated from motor vehicles) on many of the roadways in Kingston. These higher order facilities typically align with roadways that have a high volume of traffic and the potential for higher operating speeds then typical local roadways. Some of the cycling facilities being proposed in the plan include buffered bike lanes with flexible bollards placed in the buffer zone, cycle tracks, multi-use in boulevard trails and off road trails, these facility types are outlined in more detail in section 3.4 of the draft plan. The plan has identified facility types for the City wide spine network (Map 3b, Chapter 3), however these facility types will be confirmed at the time of implementation and detailed design to ensure they are the most appropriate facility type for the roadway and that they align with current guidelines and best practices.

    Again thanks for the feedback and support regarding active transportation in the City of Kingston.

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    I cycle from Greenwood Park to Queen's for work from 1st of April through to end of October. I do this because a) I strive to be a healthy mother, b)we are a one-car family; c) parking costs at Queen's are astronomical and d) I get to work faster than colleagues who drive the same route. I generally feel safe during my commute, especially since installation of the sharrows on the causeway. These should be made more prominent, combined with dedicated lane or signage coming off the causeway towards the K-Rock centre. Drivers frequently cut in front to go right up Place D'Armes when I'm towards the right of side of the lane, continuing Ontario Street. I'd also like to see more bike parking in the downtown core, preferably near street lights. Anything the City does to enhance the experiences of walkers/bikers that encourages more Kingstonians to travel this way is a win-win.

    jparsons asked over 2 years ago

    It is great to hear that you are using active transportation to commute around the City, and agree there are many benefits to cycling as you have noted. We will be looking at ways we can improve cycling across the LaSalle Causeway by making the sharrows and signage more prominent and clear as you enter and exit off of  the structure. We will also be recommending that more bike parking infrastructure is installed around the City and in the downtown core. The plan will identify not only infrastructure improvements but many supportive policies and programs that will make Kingston a great place to walk and roll. 

    Thanks very much for your question and interest in the City of Kingston Walk 'n' Roll Active Transportation Master Plan.

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    With the efforts to make Kingston a more sustainable city, will more resources be allocated to keeping bike lanes clear of gravel and debris through out the year?

    Mgroot asked over 2 years ago

    Public Works has been actively working on reallocating resources to sweep cycle lanes more frequently without negatively impacting other road and parks service levels.  All cycle lanes were prioritized with arterial roads in 2018, meaning cycle lanes receive top priority sweeping this spring.

    Thanks very much for your question and interest in the the Walk 'n' Roll Active Transportation Master Plan

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    I am against bicyclists being given lanes or using the major arteries of the City, including Sir John A Macdonald Blvd, Brock Street, Ontario-King-Front Street, Johnson Street or Princess Street. On more than one occasion I have witnessed bike riders going through red lights/stop signs and paying little if any attention to cars. Encourage an active lifestyle - fine - by building a waterfront boardwalk for strollers, walkers, joggers. But catering to those who seem to think their "righteous" use of bikes (even in the dead of winter!) makes them superior is not agreeable.

    L Luciuk asked over 2 years ago

    As you may or may not be aware bicycles are considered a vehicle under the Highway Traffic Act (HTA), therefore they have the right to be on any road except highways that are marked not for cyclists (ex: 401). So those that choose to ride on roads where we do not have cycling facilities can do so but need to follow the rules of the road as outlined in the HTA just as any vehicle is required to do. As part of the Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP) we will be looking at connecting and upgrading on and off road cycling facilities across the City to allow for a more inclusive environment for all users. The ATMP will also recommend different programs and policies that we would like to roll out in conjunction with the infrastructure pieces. Bicycle education is something that the we agree is very important component of the Plan, and is something we will look to promote, encourage and implement as we move forward with the plan.

    Thanks very much for you feedback and interest in the Walk 'n' Roll ATMP.