Guelph making temporary sidewalk and road changes so people can be active outdoors and remain 2 metres apart

Guelph, Ont., May 28, 2020 – Starting the week of June 8, as part of plans to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is making temporary road and sidewalk changes at seven locations so people walking and cycling can stay 2 metres apart.

“These temporary sidewalk and road changes will create more space for physical distancing while also allowing people to get out and get active,” explains Kealy Dedman, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer of Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services. “We ask community members to be patient and kind to their fellow road users as we try these new ways of physical distancing during our new normal.”

Road users will see changes at seven sites in Guelph. One lane of traffic will be closed to vehicles to give people walking and cycling enough space to travel while physical distancing on the Speedvale Avenue bridge over the Speed River, and Eramosa Road between the Downtown Trail and Delhi Street. Parts of the latter section will also have one-way sidewalks that extend to Stuart Street.

Pedestrians will see one-way sidewalks at the following locations: Eramosa Road between Callandar Drive and Orchard Crescent; Paisley Street between Dublin and Glasgow streets; the Edinburgh Road bridge between the Royal Recreational Trail heads; Woodlawn Road on the south side from Fairway Lane to 250 meters west of Fairway Lane; and the Macdonell Street bridge between Arthur Street South/Elizabeth Street, Arthur Street North/Rose Street and Woolwich/Wellington Street.

Sites were selected based on areas with physical constraints such as guard rails, railings and retaining walls, and routes that serve grocery stores, hospitals and high-volume trail connections.

“We are trying to balance impacts to all road users. Where possible, we are creating one-way sidewalks instead of closing vehicle lanes, or putting up signs to let pedestrians know a narrow spot is coming up ahead,” adds Dedman. “We will monitor the areas to see if we need to make any adjustments.”

Roadway changes are based on best practices being used by other Canadian cities in response to COVID-19, including Toronto, Brampton, Calgary and Edmonton.

These temporary changes are a result of City Council’s May 11 decision to support the health and wellbeing of citizens as we respond and adapt to COVID-19, by making changes to certain locations to allow for active transportation while maintaining physical distancing.

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Map of Guelph’s temporary road and sidewalk changes

Media contact

Kealy Dedman, Deputy Chief Administrative Officer
Infrastructure, Development and Enterprise Services
City of Guelph
519-822-1260 extension 2248
[email protected]