Category Archives: Biking and walking

UPDATED construction notice: Starwood Drive paving starts September 17

November 11, 2018

UPDATE: Paving on Starwood Drive is temporarily delayed due to weather. Paving is expected to take place in two weeks. Chesterton Lane to Lee Street About the project The City is working with Capital Paving Inc. to: Remove and repair concrete curbs, Adjust manholes, and Repave the road surface. All work will take place on City property. Road work begins September 17 Road work is expected to start on or about Monday September 17 and continue for approximately four weeks, weather permitting. Starwood Drive will have lane reductions There will be a lane reduction on Starwood Drive, however, two-way traffic will be maintained. Pedestrian access will remain open Sidewalks along Starwood Drive will be open throughout the project, however, pedestrians may be directed by signs… Continue reading UPDATED construction notice: Starwood Drive paving starts September 17


Apply to become a crossing guard today!

October 17, 2018

Give back to your community and keep kids safe Do you want to give back to your community? Do you want to keep children and pedestrians safe? Do you enjoy working outside? Become a school crossing guard! Crossing guards are provided only when schools are open (September to June). Time off when school is out, including weekends, PD days, and all holidays. Daily shifts are scheduled between 7:45 to 9:00 a.m. and 2:45 to 4:00 p.m. Responsibilities Ensure the safe crossing of pedestrians and children as they travel to and from school. We are accepting applications for crossing guards and spare crossing guards for various locations. Self-motivated, and personable and able to communicate effectively, you will ensure elementary school children cross safely at designated school… Continue reading Apply to become a crossing guard today!


Construction notice: Elmira Road South construction starts October 24

October 12, 2018

Construction on Elmira Road is expected to begin on or about October 18 and take approximately two days, weather permitting. Continue reading Construction notice: Elmira Road South construction starts October 24


New pedestrian signal Scottsdale Drive north of Janefield

August 31, 2018

Guelph, Ont., August 31, 2018 — A new pedestrian signal located on Scottsdale Drive just north of Janefield Avenue became operational today. With this installation, the City of Guelph now operates and maintains 195 traffic control signals. To learn more about how Guelph operates and coordinates traffic signals, visit guelph.ca/traffic. For more information Shaymaa Al-Ani Traffic Engineering, Engineering and Transportation Services 519-822-1260 extension 2041 shaymaa.al-ani@guelph.ca


Construction notice: Woolwich Street lane closure starting August 30

August 28, 2018

Work on Woolwich Street is scheduled to start on or about August 30 and is expected to be completed on the same day, weather permitting. Continue reading Construction notice: Woolwich Street lane closure starting August 30


Unique bicycle rack now in downtown Guelph

August 15, 2018

People exploring downtown Guelph by bike this summer will be able to use a functional piece art in St. George’s Square to park their ride. Continue reading Unique bicycle rack now in downtown Guelph


Five new pedestrian crossings coming to Guelph in 2018

August 8, 2018

New pedestrian crossings are coming to these Guelph locations in August: Grange Road at Auden Road/Schroder Crescent Grange Road at Kearney Street Waterloo Avenue west of Beechwood Avenue Ironwood Road east of Reid Court, at the Royal Recreation Trail Crossing Woodlawn Road East at Atto Drive These new crossings are different from typical crosswalks. Whether you drive, bike or walk, you’ll need to learn the rules for driving through or using crossovers.


Construction notice: Stone Road West and Gordon Street intersection asphalt work starts August 16

August 7, 2018

Stone Road West and Gordon Street About the project The City is working with Capital Paving Inc. to: Remove and repair concrete curbs, Adjust manholes, and Repave the road surface. All work will take place on City property. Once the road is paved, the City will be adding new markings to make it easier for people on bikes to navigate the intersection. This design, known as a protected intersection, eliminates the need for people on bikes to turn left from the traditional left-hand turn lane. Cyclists will have the option to cross the intersection in the designated green bike lane, wait on the corner for the light to turn green, and then cycle across the second leg in order to complete a left-hand turn. Construction… Continue reading Construction notice: Stone Road West and Gordon Street intersection asphalt work starts August 16


New traffic signal on Watson Parkway North at Fleming Road

August 1, 2018

Guelph, Ont., August 1, 2018 — A new pedestrian traffic signal located on Watson Parkway North at Fleming Road began operation on July 31. With this installation, the City of Guelph now operates and maintains 194 traffic control signals. To learn more about how Guelph operates and coordinates traffic signals, visit guelph.ca/traffic. For more information Imre Tot Traffic Engineering, Transportation Services Engineering and Transportation Services 519-822-1260 extension 2039 imre.tot@guelph.ca


Construction notice: Wilson Street sidewalk repairs start July 31

July 27, 2018

Carden Street to Gordon Street About the project The City is working to repair the retaining wall and bridge abutment on Wilson Street that had  loose concrete falling on to the sidewalk. Retaining wall repairs will start on July 31 For safety reasons, the sidewalk on Wilson Street from Carden Street to Gordon Street will be closed for repairs and will reopen on or about August 3, weather permitting. Pedestrian access During the repairs, pedestrian access is not permitted. Pedestrians should go around the closure using Norfolk Street or Wyndham Street. Guelph Farmers’ Market The Guelph Farmers’ Market is offering a free shuttle service for market customers to get to and from downtown parking lots starting July 28 from 8 a.m. to noon. Stop details… Continue reading Construction notice: Wilson Street sidewalk repairs start July 31


Construction notice: Eramosa Road closed for construction starting July 9

July 24, 2018

Speedvale Avenue East to Brant Avenue About the project Kieswetter Excavating will be making water main and sewer connections to the City’s infrastructure as part of the Nima Trails Development. Construction on Eramosa Road begins July 9 Work is expected to begin on Monday, July 9 and be completed by August 4, weather permitting. Traffic on Eramosa Road will be detoured During construction, traffic will be detoured via Speedvale Avenue East and Watson Parkway North.  Detour and information signs will be posted. Pedestrian access will be closed at Brant Avenue and Speedvale Avenue East The City sidewalk will be closed at the intersection of Brant Avenue and Speedvale Avenue East. Property and business access and parking All businesses in the construction area remain open throughout… Continue reading Construction notice: Eramosa Road closed for construction starting July 9


Open house notice: Join us to discuss phase two of the Woodlawn Road multi-use path on August 2

July 20, 2018

Silvercreek Parkway to Imperial Road The City of Guelph is hosting an open house to present construction plans for the multi-use path on Woodlawn Road West from Silvercreek Parkway to Imperial Road. The multi-use path will be built on Woodlawn Road’s north and south sides between the existing curb and property line. The multi-use path will be three metres wide for use by pedestrians, cyclists and other users to get around. The multi-use path is funded by the Province under its Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program to build safer, more connected cycling routes for Ontarians and to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation. The City of Guelph is contributing at least 20 per cent toward the total eligible project cost. Construction will include the… Continue reading Open house notice: Join us to discuss phase two of the Woodlawn Road multi-use path on August 2


Notice of collection and filming: Boathouse/Royal City Park

July 12, 2018

Date: July 19 and 21, 2018 Location: Boathouse/Royal City Park area Purpose:  to conduct counts and survey local trail users to gain insight on how people are crossing Gordon Street in the area Notification The City of Guelph will be conducting counts and surveying local trail users this month to gain insight on how people are crossing Gordon Street in the vicinity of the Boathouse/Royal City Park. This responds to recommendations in the Active Transportation Network Study approved by Council in July 2017. Paradigm Transportation Solutions Limited, a consultant of the City, is conducting both the counts and the surveys. Counts are being collected using a video device called Scout by Miovision which films a section of trail but does not permit individuals to be identifiable. Filming will… Continue reading Notice of collection and filming: Boathouse/Royal City Park


Construction notice: New pedestrian crossover to be installed on Waterloo Avenue starting August 7

June 22, 2018

Waterloo Avenue west of Beachwood Avenue About the project The City is working with TM3 Inc. to install a new pedestrian crossover on Waterloo Avenue, west of Beachwood Avenue. The new crossover includes: Ladder style crossover pavement markings Shark’s teeth yield lines “Stop for pedestrians” traffic signs Flashing lights Overhead pedestrian crossing traffic signs New crossover to be installed August 7 Installation is expected to start on or about Wednesday, August 7, and will continue for approximately three weeks, weather permitting. Lane reductions and detours Traffic will be maintained in both directions, however, there will be lane reductions and delays should be expected. Pedestrian access Pedestrian sidewalk access will be maintained throughout the working area at all times. Map of construction area The City appreciates… Continue reading Construction notice: New pedestrian crossover to be installed on Waterloo Avenue starting August 7


Construction notice: New pedestrian crossover to be installed on Woodlawn Road East

June 22, 2018

Woodlawn Road at Atto Drive About the project The City is working with TM3 Inc. to install a new pedestrian crossover on the east side of the intersection at Woodlawn road and Atto Drive. The new pedestrian crossover will include: Ladder style crossover pavement markings Shark’s teeth yield lines “Stop for pedestrians” signs New crossover to be installed August 10 Installation of the new crossover is expected to start around August 10 and will continue for approximately three weeks, weather permitting. There will be no lane reductions or detours Traffic will be maintained in both directions, however, there will be lane reductions and delays should be expected. Pedestrian access Pedestrian sidewalk access will be maintained throughout the working area at all times. Map of construction… Continue reading Construction notice: New pedestrian crossover to be installed on Woodlawn Road East


Construction notice: New pedestrian crossover to be installed on Ironwood Road starting August 3

June 21, 2018

East of Reid Court About the project The City is working with TM3 Inc. to install a new mid-block pedestrian crossover at Ironwood Road, just east of Reid Court. The new pedestrian crossover will include: Ladder style crossover pavement markings Shark’s teeth yield lines “Stop for pedestrians” signs New crossover to be installed August 3 Installation of the new crossover is expected to start around August 3 and will continue for approximately three weeks, weather permitting. Lane reductions and detours Traffic will be maintained in both directions, however, there will be lane reductions and delays should be expected. Pedestrian access Pedestrian sidewalk access will be maintained throughout the working area at all times. Map of construction area The City appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation… Continue reading Construction notice: New pedestrian crossover to be installed on Ironwood Road starting August 3


Final design selected for the Ward to Downtown Bridge

June 19, 2018

Guelph, Ont., June 19, 2018 – The community has selected the final design for the Ward to Downtown Bridge. Option one, featuring a bench, wide deck for river viewing, and a lookout area was voted as the favourite design option. “We’re very excited to see this project come to life,” says Luke Jefferson, manager of Open Space Planning with the City of Guelph. “Our community has waited a long time for a safe and vibrant bridge that connects one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods with the downtown.” Three designs were presented at a community open house on April 12, 2018 and 37 residents filled out a survey in person and online to select their favourite option. Option one was the most popular, with over 60… Continue reading Final design selected for the Ward to Downtown Bridge


Traffic notice: New pedestrian signal at Scottsdale Drive

June 12, 2018

Between Janefield Avenue and Wilsonview Avenue About the project The City is working with TM3 Inc. to install a new pedestrian signal on Scottsdale Drive between Janefield Avenue and Wilsonview Avenue, behind the Stone Road Mall. Installation to occur June 21 Installation is expected to start on or about Monday, June 21 and will continue for approximately three weeks, weather permitting. The contractor expected to activate the new signal no later than Friday, August 31. Lane reductions and detours Traffic will be maintained in both directions; however, there will be lane reductions and delays should be expected. Pedestrian access Pedestrian sidewalk access will be maintained throughout the working area at all times. City services There will be no interruption to any City services during construction.… Continue reading Traffic notice: New pedestrian signal at Scottsdale Drive


Traffic notice: New pedestrian signal on Watson Parkway North

June 12, 2018

At Fleming Road About the project The City is undertaking The City is working with TM3 Inc. to install a new intersection pedestrian signal on the north leg of the intersection of Watson Parkway North at Fleming Road. Installation to occur on June 18 Installation is expected to start on or about Monday, June 18, and will continue for approximately three weeks, weather permitting. The contractor is expected to activate the new signal no later than Friday, August 31. Lane reductions and detours Traffic will be maintained in both directions; however, there will be lane reductions and delays should be expected. Pedestrian access Pedestrian sidewalk access will be maintained throughout the working area at all times. City services There will be no interruption to any… Continue reading Traffic notice: New pedestrian signal on Watson Parkway North


Guelph, get ready to ride

May 1, 2018

The City of Guelph is hosting its first Bike to Work Day event on Monday, May 28 as a kick off to Bike Month in June. Continue reading Guelph, get ready to ride


Changes coming to school crossings near you

April 26, 2018

Guelph, Ont., April 26, 2018—The City of Guelph is ending midday adult school crossing guard coverage at six underused locations at the end of the current school year. Morning and afternoon crossing guard service will continue at all 33 locations currently served by the City. Current midday crossing guard coverage will not resume at these locations in September: Paisley Road at Alma Street Imperial Road at Stephanie Drive Scottsdale Drive at Ironwood Road Paisley Road at Silvercreek Parkway Willow Road at Westwood Road Victoria Road N at St. Patrick’s Catholic Elementary School Data from the affected locations indicates that any grade six and under student crossing at these locations are accompanied by a guardian. These six locations are the only ones with current midday crossing… Continue reading Changes coming to school crossings near you


New traffic signal on York Road at Elizabeth Street

April 12, 2018

A new pedestrian signal located on York Road at Elizabeth Street began operation today. Continue reading New traffic signal on York Road at Elizabeth Street


Repairs to pedestrian signal on Gordon Street at Water Street start April 3

April 3, 2018

Gordon Street at Water Street The City is working to repair a pedestrian signal at the intersection of Gordon Street and Water Street that was damaged over the weekend in a traffic accident. Repairs will start April 3 Work is expected to be complete on April 4, depending on the level of damage. Pedestrian access is limited Pedestrian access to the west side of the road is limited at the intersection. Pedestrians are advised to use the crosswalk at Gordon Street and Wellington Street while repairs are underway. The City appreciates your patience, understanding and co-operation during this important repair. Any updates will be posted on guelph.ca/construction. For more information Steve Anderson, Supervisor Traffic Engineering Engineering and Transportation Services City of Guelph 519-822-1260 extension 2037… Continue reading Repairs to pedestrian signal on Gordon Street at Water Street start April 3


New traffic signal on Wellington Street, west of Edinburgh Road

March 14, 2018

A new pedestrian signal located on Wellington Street, west of Edinburgh Road began operation today. Continue reading New traffic signal on Wellington Street, west of Edinburgh Road


New traffic signal on Eastview Road, west of Watson Parkway

March 14, 2018

A new pedestrian signal located on Eastview Road west of Watson Parkway North began operation today. Continue reading New traffic signal on Eastview Road, west of Watson Parkway


Construction notice: Wilson Street, Norfolk footbridge closing for parkade construction starting February 5

January 29, 2018

Northbound lane reduction also starts on Norfolk at Gordon The City is building a new parking facility at the site of the Wilson Street parking lot. The new parkade will provide over 400 new parking spaces. Parkade construction is expected to be complete in 2019. Wilson Street closure and Gordon/Norfolk northbound lane reduction Starting on February 5, Wilson Street will be closed between Gordon Street and Northumberland Street for the duration of the construction, about 18 months. There will also be a lane reduction on Norfolk Street between Gordon Street and Macdonell Street and traffic will change as follows: The left most northbound lane on Gordon Street will become a left-turn lane only (onto Waterloo Avenue) The centre lane will be the through lane on… Continue reading Construction notice: Wilson Street, Norfolk footbridge closing for parkade construction starting February 5


Eastview Road features multi-use path and wildlife crossings

December 4, 2017

Eastview Road has reopened to through traffic after four months of construction. The completed construction between Starwood Road and Watson Parkway North offers a number of new amenities for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and even wildlife, including some changes which cannot be seen. Continue reading Eastview Road features multi-use path and wildlife crossings


Open house: Community feedback needed for Niska Road reconstruction

November 23, 2017

Ptarmigan Drive to City limits The City of Guelph is hosting an open house to present plans for construction on Niska Road between Ptarmigan Drive and the City limits west of the Niska Road Bridge. Work includes the reconstruction of Niska Road from Ptarmigan Drive to the City limits at the Speed River as per the approved Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA), filed on December 3, 2015. The EA was approved on March 21, 2017 by the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). Tuesday, December 12, 2017 5:30—8:30 p.m. Kortright Hills Public School, Library 23 Ptarmigan Drive, Guelph Why come to the open house? This is your opportunity to view project information, including map and schedules, and ask questions about traffic impacts… Continue reading Open house: Community feedback needed for Niska Road reconstruction


City seeks community input on Guelph Trail Master Plan

October 13, 2017

Guelph, Ont., October 13, 2017 – The City of Guelph is gathering community input as part of the Guelph Trail Master Plan (GTMP) Update project. The Guelph Trail Master Plan provides strategic direction and specific guidelines for work related to City trails, including trail planning, land securement, funding, design, implementation, operation, promotion and maintenance. “Updating the existing master plan is an opportunity for us to incorporate additional items such as new trail design guidelines, a trail promotion strategy, revised trail routes, and new types of trail facilities,” says Helen White, a park planner with the City. Trail user groups are invited to attend an information session, including presentation, from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, October 17 at Guelph City Hall. A drop-in session for land owners… Continue reading City seeks community input on Guelph Trail Master Plan


Notice: Guelph Trail Master Plan Update information sessions

October 11, 2017

The City of Guelph is hosting three information sessions as part of the Guelph Trail Master Plan (GTMP) Update project. Specifically, the City would like to hear from residents on the master plan goal, guiding principles, promotion strategy, trail route planning, land securement, funding, design, implementation, maintenance and operation. Thursday, October 19 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. (drop in) Guelph Public Library 100 Norfolk Street Thursday, October 19 7–9 p.m. (presentation at 7:30 p.m.) Evergreen Seniors Community Centre 683 Woolwich Street Saturday, October 21 7 a.m.–noon (drop in) Guelph Farmer’s Market 2 Gordon Street Have your say Can’t make it to an information session? An online survey will be available October 19 at guelph.ca/haveyoursay. Deadline for input is November 10, 2017. About the project The GTMP provides… Continue reading Notice: Guelph Trail Master Plan Update information sessions


Mayor Guthrie and the Guelph Hurricanes walk to school with Guelph students on October 4

October 2, 2017

International Walk to School Month event Attention news, photo and video editors Guelph, Ont., October 2, 2017—In celebration of International Walk to School Month, Guelph Mayor Cam Guthrie, Guelph Hurricanes hockey players and chairs of the Upper Grand and Wellington Catholic District School Boards, will join the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Active and Safe Routes to School committee, students, teachers and parents on a walk to St. Michael Catholic School and Jean Little Public School. The City of Guelph supports walking to school through various programs and services including the Adult School Crossing Guard program, reduced speed school zones and the growth of Guelph’s active transportation network. What International Walk to School Month (IWALK) is a global, annual event promoted by the Active and Safe Routes to School… Continue reading Mayor Guthrie and the Guelph Hurricanes walk to school with Guelph students on October 4


Sixteen new reduced speed school zones in effect for start of school year

September 1, 2017

Guelph, Ont., September 1, 2017—More roads around schools will now have reduced speed limits in place for the beginning of the new school year. The City is adding 16 reduced speed school zones across the City, including along roads with direct school activity, such as roads behind or beside schools. The new reduced speed school zones were approved by Guelph City Council in May and will all be in place for the start of the new school year next week. “We’re almost finished installing all the signs for the new reduced speed school zones, and they’ll all be in place by Tuesday morning,” said Steve Anderson, Supervisor of Traffic Engineering for the City. “The reduced speed limits take effect as soon as the signs are… Continue reading Sixteen new reduced speed school zones in effect for start of school year


Project update: Council approves all recommendations of Active Transportation Network study

July 25, 2017

Guelph City Council approved staff’s four recommendations from the Active Transportation Network study on July 24, 2017. The approved recommendations are as follows: That the Guelph Active Transportation Network Design Guidelines and Feasibility Study dated June 2017, prepared by WSP and Paradigm Transportation Solutions Limited, be approved; That funding for year-round maintenance of the Active Transportation Network per the recommendations of the Guelph Active Transportation Network Design Guidelines and Feasibility Study be included in the proposed 2018 Operating Budget; That funds to implement the Guelph Active Transportation Network Design Guidelines and Feasibility Study over the next ten years, estimated to be $12,268,000, be included in the proposed 2018-2027 Capital Budget; That the operating budget to provide year-round maintenance of the proposed active transportation network be… Continue reading Project update: Council approves all recommendations of Active Transportation Network study


Gordon Street green bike lane and bike box pilot survey

July 12, 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. Now that the changes have been made, the City wants feedback from all road users—people who walk, bike, take buses or drive—and from local businesses and their employees. The following changes have been made: Bike lane painted green on the southbound lane of Gordon Street through the intersection at Waterloo Avenue; Bike lane painted green through on the southbound lane of Gordon Street from the intersection at Surrey Street to just north of Wellington Street. The following changes are expected to be complete by Friday, July 14, 2017. Bike box added at the intersection of… Continue reading Gordon Street green bike lane and bike box pilot survey


Green bike lanes and bike box coming to Gordon Street

July 11, 2017

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.… Continue reading Green bike lanes and bike box coming to Gordon Street


Active Transportation network study update, June 2017

June 22, 2017

The City has completed the Guelph Active Transportation Network (ATN) study. The study recommends 54 km of trail improvements and new connections to provide direct, quiet routes across the city for people travelling by bike or on foot. The proposed routes avoid busy roads and intersections, and will appeal to people who would bike more often if a quiet or off-road route existed. Guelph’s vision is to provide a safe, attractive and practical cycling environment, and become one of Canada’s top bicycle-friendly communities. The ATN study helps address the first two elements of the Bicycle-Friendly Guelph vision: To get more people cycling; and To create a safer and more connected network. Active transportation supports healthy lifestyles, cleaner air and attracts business and visitors. Consultants working… Continue reading Active Transportation network study update, June 2017


Notice of open house: Emma Street to Earl Street bridge over the Speed River

May 25, 2017

The City of Guelph is hosting an open house to review and discuss a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study for a proposed pedestrian bridge connecting Emma Street to Earl Street over the Speed River. The site location and approximate extents of the study area are shown on the map. Wednesday, June 7, 2017 6–8 p.m. Evergreen Seniors Community Centre 683 Woolwich St, Guelph, ON, N1H 3Z1 Why come to the open house? This is your opportunity to view project information, and review the project team’s evaluation of the alternatives and their recommended preferred alternative. We encourage you to ask questions about plans for the existing bridge and to provide comments and feedback to City staff and consultants at the open house. About the project A bridge… Continue reading Notice of open house: Emma Street to Earl Street bridge over the Speed River


Open house: Norwich Street bridge Environmental Assessment May 17

May 4, 2017

The City of Guelph is hosting an open house to review and discuss a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study for the rehabilitation of the pedestrian bridge along Norwich Street over the Speed River. The site location and study area is shown on the map. Wednesday, May 17, 2017 6–8 p.m. City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Room 112 Why come to the open house? This is your opportunity to view project information, and review the project team’s evaluation of the alternatives and their recommended preferred alternative. We encourage you to ask questions about plans for the existing bridge and to provide comments and feedback to City staff and consultants at the open house. About the project The existing pedestrian bridge is currently in a deteriorated state.… Continue reading Open house: Norwich Street bridge Environmental Assessment May 17


Sidewalk Needs Assessment study update, March 2017

March 28, 2017

The Sidewalk Needs Assessment (SNA) study supports improved connectivity for pedestrians throughout the City of Guelph. The City is worked with Paradigm Transportation Solutions Ltd. to: Review the current guidelines for sidewalk construction and exploring municipal best practices; Develop ranking criteria for prioritizing which gaps need to be filled in; Propose an implementation strategy and cost estimate for completing the sidewalk network. Where we’re at Paradigm Transportation Solutions Ltd. completed their study report in December 2016. Council approved the Sidewalk Needs Assessment report (page 11) at the March 27, 2017 meeting.   Next steps The study is now complete. Sidewalk needs will be incorporated into future budgets by priority as funds allow. For more information Jennifer Juste, Transportation Demand Management Coordinator Transportation Services 519-822-1260 extension 2791 tdm@guelph.ca


Open house notice: The Ward to Downtown bridges

March 9, 2017

The City of Guelph is hosting its second public information centre, which will include a brief presentation followed by an open house to review progress to date of the Schedule ‘B’ Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study for two pedestrian/cyclist bridges across the Speed River. This progress includes completed technical studies and evaluation of the bridge location alternatives. The study area is bound by Wellington Street East, the Guelph Junction Railway tracks, Arthur Street South, and Neeve Street. Tuesday, March 21 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. City Hall, 1 Carden Street, Guelph Why come to the public information centre? This is your opportunity to view project information and provide input on the project team’s evaluation of the alternatives. We invite you to view the presentation… Continue reading Open house notice: The Ward to Downtown bridges


Construction update: Woodlawn Road multi-use path from Nicklin Road to Silvercreek Parkway

November 10, 2016

Update (as of November 10): The City will complete all paving and sidewalks along the 2.8–kilometre length of multi-use path on the north and south sides of Woodlawn Road West from Nicklin Road to Silvercreek Parkway by the end of 2016. Weeds have been cleared along the path. Boulevarde and sidewalk-adjacent sod will be laid in spring 2017 to ensure best survival. About the project This multi-use path supports sustainable transportation and will ensure this section of Woodlawn Road accommodates all road users, including public transit, cycling, pedestrians and vehicles. Multi-use paths support the Cycling Master Plan, a 10-year strategy to make cycling easier, safer and more accessible in Guelph by building a connected network of on– and off–road bike facilities throughout Guelph. Construction information… Continue reading Construction update: Woodlawn Road multi-use path from Nicklin Road to Silvercreek Parkway


Sidewalk Needs Assessment study update, November 2016

November 4, 2016

The Sidewalk Needs Assessment (SNA) study supports improved connectivity for pedestrians throughout the City of Guelph. The City is working with Paradigm Transportation Solutions Ltd to: Review the current guidelines for sidewalk construction and exploring municipal best practices; Develop ranking criteria for prioritizing which gaps need to be filled in; Propose an implementation strategy and cost estimate for completing the sidewalk network. Where we’re at Paradigm Transportation Solutions Ltd. is finalizing the study report for staff.   Next steps   City staff plan to share the report with Council and the community in early 2017. For more information Jennifer Juste, Transportation Demand Management Coordinator Transportation Services 519-822-1260 extension 2791 tdm@guelph.ca


Active Transportation Network study update, November 2016

November 4, 2016

The Active Transportation Network Study includes the development of design guidelines and a feasibility study. Together, these pieces will inform future upgrades of the City’s network of trails to improve connectivity for active forms of transportation such as walking, running, cycling and inline skating. Design guidelines will consider what upgrades would look like in different environments such as woodlands, wetlands, city parks and road boulevards. The feasibility study will determine which trails are best suited for upgrades as well as the estimated construction and maintenance costs of changes recommended by the design guidelines. Where we’re at Staff have reviewed the draft version of final report and have provided comments back to the consultants, MMM Group Ltd. and Paradigm Transportation Solutions Ltd. Next steps Consultants are… Continue reading Active Transportation Network study update, November 2016


Information from the Emma to Earl pedestrian bridge open house, October 25, 2016

October 26, 2016

The City held the first public information centre (open house) for the Emma to Earl pedestrian bridge Environmental Assessment on October 25, 2016. The open house provided an opportunity to view project information and to ask questions about plans for the new bridge. Participants were encouraged to provide comments and feedback to City staff and consultants. Information presented at the open house [PDF 4.5MB] Comment form for feedback about the open house and the information presented [PDF 115kb] Submit your comments by November 15 You are welcome to submit comments on the information and options presented at the open house. All comments must be submitted by November 15, 2016. Please review the open house information then submit your comments online or by email.


Notice of open house: Emma Street to Earl Street Bridge over the Speed River

October 5, 2016

The City of Guelph is hosting an open house to review and discuss a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) study for a proposed pedestrian bridge connecting Emma Street to Earl Street over the Speed River. Tuesday, October 25, 2016 6:30–9 p.m. Evergreen Seniors Community Centre 683 Woolwich St Why come to the open house? This is your opportunity to view project information and to ask questions about plans for the new bridge. You’re encouraged to provide comments and feedback to City staff and consultants at the open house. About the project The Guelph Trail Master Plan (2005) recommends a bridge in this location to provide a connection to the Downtown Trail. The purpose of the EA study is to determine if a pedestrian bridge is warranted at… Continue reading Notice of open house: Emma Street to Earl Street Bridge over the Speed River


Mayor and Guelph Hurricanes players to walk students to school

September 30, 2016

Guelph, Ont., September 30, 2016 – Mayor Cam Guthrie and players representing the Guelph Hurricanes Hockey Club will take part in a walk to school event with teachers, parents and students from Paisley Road Public School and St. Joseph Catholic School, in celebration of International Walk to School Month. The annual event, open to the public, promotes walking and cycling as part of a healthy lifestyle and road safety in school zones. What Walk to School Day Who Mayor Guthrie Guelph Hurricanes hockey players: Nick Bird, Kevin Gergley, Ben Maidment, Chris Poletek, Lucas Pozzobon and Cameron Stokes Teachers, school board trustees, parents and students from St. Joseph Catholic School and Paisley Road Public School When and Where Wednesday, October 5 8:20 a.m.: Meet in the… Continue reading Mayor and Guelph Hurricanes players to walk students to school


Project update: Gordon Street bike lane painting

July 26, 2016

Waterloo Avenue to Wellington Street The City of Guelph will be testing and evaluating Gordon Street southbound bike lane painting to decrease the number of collisions between motor vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians in this area. Bike lane painting planned for spring 2017 Gordon Street bike lanes will be painted green from the intersection at Waterloo Avenue to 15 meters north of Waterloo Avenue, and from the intersection at Surrey Street to 15 meters north of Wellington Street. Painted lines marking the bicycle lanes will be thicker to increase visibility and wide enough (20 centimetres) to provide some additional buffer from vehicular traffic. These changes will make bicycle lanes more visible, signaling all road users to use extra caution at intersections and driveways, and reminding turning vehicles… Continue reading Project update: Gordon Street bike lane painting


Notice of study commencement: Pedestrian bridges over the Speed River linking St. Patrick’s Ward to downtown

July 20, 2016

Municipal class environmental assessment The study The City of Guelph (City) has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (Class EA) study for proposed improvements to address the future pedestrian and cyclist traffic demands with two new bridge crossings over the Speed River. The study area is bound by Wellington Street East, Macdonell Street, Guelph Junction Railway (GJR) tracks, Arthur Street South, and includes an area approximately 90 metres south of the existing GJR tracks. The City is proposing to construct one of the bridges immediately south of the GJR tracks to link a future active transportation trail along the GJR tracks from Macdonell to Huron Streets through St. Patrick’s Ward. A second pedestrian bridge is proposed within the study area located further south along the Speed… Continue reading Notice of study commencement: Pedestrian bridges over the Speed River linking St. Patrick’s Ward to downtown


City seeks public input on Wilson Street reconstruction and design

July 15, 2016

Guelph, Ont., July 15, 2016 – Community members are invited to participate in a City-hosted public meeting for the Wilson Street reconstruction and parking project. “The focus of this public meeting is on the proposed features and design of Wilson Street from Gordon/Norfolk Street to Macdonell Street,” says Andrew Janes, project engineer supervisor with the City of Guelph. “We will present the preliminary preferred alternative for the Wilson Street reconstruction and gather public feedback.” Meeting participants will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the Preferred Design Alternative for Wilson Street, including street features and design, direction of traffic flow, on-street parking, sidewalk width, and pedestrian and cycling connections. The Wilson Street reconstruction project is being implemented as a Schedule B Municipal Class Environmental Assessment… Continue reading City seeks public input on Wilson Street reconstruction and design


Emma Street to Earl Street Bridge improvements Environment Assessment: Notice of Study Commencement

July 11, 2016

Municipal Class Environmental Assessment, Schedule B Environmental Study Emma Street to Earl Street Bridge over the Speed River The study The City of Guelph has initiated a Class Environmental Assessment (EA) for a proposed pedestrian bridge connecting Emma Street to Earl Street over the Speed River. A bridge in this location is recommended in the Guelph Trail Master Plan (2005) to provide a connection to the Downtown Trail. The EA study will determine if a pedestrian bridge is needed at this location and if so, the style of bridge to be constructed. The site location and extent of the study area are shown on the map. The process The EA will be conducted as a Schedule ‘B’ project in accordance with the “Municipal Class Environmental Assessment” document… Continue reading Emma Street to Earl Street Bridge improvements Environment Assessment: Notice of Study Commencement