Pilot aims to improve safety for all travelers
Update, July 12, 2017—Bike lane painting along the southbound lanes of Gordon Street is complete. Painting of the bike box has been delayed and will likely be completed overnight Thursday, July 13, weather permitting.
Guelph, Ont., July 11, 2017—The City of Guelph is testing and evaluating changes to bike lanes on Gordon Street to reduce the number of collisions between people driving, walking and biking in this area. Changes, which include painting only, will be made overnight tonight.
“We developed this pilot project to help address the high number of reported collisions involving people driving, walking and biking on Gordon Street between Waterloo Avenue and Wellington Street,” said Jennifer Juste, the City’s Transportation Demand Management Program Manager. “Bike lanes that are painted green are more visible and improve road safety for everyone, not just people biking.”
The following changes are being made:
- Bike lane being painted green on the southbound lane of Gordon Street through the intersection at Waterloo Avenue;
- Bike lane being painted green through on the southbound lane of Gordon Street from the intersection at Surrey Street to just north of Wellington Street and;
- Bike box being added at the intersection of Gordon Street and Waterloo Avenue/Wilson Street.
The bike lane pavement markings in the southbound and northbound directions of Gordon Street between Waterloo Avenue and Wellington Street will be painted thicker (20 cm) to increase the visibility of the bike lanes to people driving this route.
These changes make bicycle lanes and people using them more visible, signaling all road users to use extra caution at intersections and driveways, and reminding turning vehicles to slow down and watch for other road users, including people who are walking and biking.
“There are a number of factors that make this stretch of road prone to more conflicts than other areas,” noted Juste. “These include a higher number of business driveways and streets over a short distance, bicycles travelling down the hill at speeds similar to cars, more signs and a lot of people turning in and out of driveways. Together, these factors make this stretch of road very busy visually, and drivers may not see people walking or biking as they try to wave turning vehicles through.”
City looking for community feedback
The City wants feedback from all road users (people who walk, bike, take buses or drive) and local businesses and employees. Feedback will be used to determine whether the changes improve road users’ experiences along Gordon Street. Opportunities to share feedback and experiences with the green bike lanes and the bike box will be available on the City’s website starting tomorrow. These opportunities for comment will also be promoted on the City’s Facebook (facebook.com/cityofguelph) and Twitter (twitter.com/cityofguelph) channels.
There were 300 collisions on Gordon Street between Waterloo Avenue and Wellington Street from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2016:
- 207 (69 per cent) of the collisions led to an injury
- 35 (11.6 per cent) of the collisions involved people cycling, an average of six per year
- 22 (63 per cent) of the collisions involving people cycling happened while the cyclist was following the rules of the road
- three (eight per cent) of the collisions involving people cycling happened when the cyclist failed to yield the right-of-way
- nine (three per cent) of the collisions involved people walking, an average of 1.5 per year
- 198 (66 per cent) of the collisions happened during turns into and out of businesses and roads
Images of existing roadway
Staff will be on site at Gordon Street and Waterloo Avenue/Wellington Street on the morning of Wednesday, July 12 to talk about the pilot project with people driving, cycling and walking. Media are invited to attend this introduction to speak to staff and take pictures of the changes.
Jennifer Juste, Program Manager, Transportation Demand Management
Transportation Services, Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
519-822-1260 extension 2791