The city had a busy year growing its active transportation networks.
Marisa Talarico, the city’s active transportation co-ordinator, told members of the operations committee Monday that while 2020 was certainly a challenging and surprising year, there are still reasons to celebrate the milestones made towards more comprehensive active transportation routes.
For one thing, the transportation demand management community grant program was a success. Despite the pandemic, which reduced the number of applicants, three organizations — Bike Sudbury, Rainbow Routes Association and Sudbury Performance Group — delivered four programs to encourage residents to “rethink how they travel and to try to be more sustainable and conscious of their carbon footprint,” Talarico said.
She said the city is also planning more complete streets for Sudbury. Under the complete streets model, walking, cycling and the use of public transit are encouraged. Planning is underway for public consultation and Talarico said staff are determining how best to approach engagement with COVID restrictions in place. She expects public consultation to be complete by 2022.
“One of the most significant projects recommended in the transportation master plan is the construction of the Paris-Notre Dame Bikeway,” she noted. “The bikeway is planned to be a physically separated cycling facility, meaning it will be behind the curb along Paris Street and Notre Dame Avenue.”
The bikeway will connect Turner Avenue in the city’s north end to the Four Corners intersection in the south end. So far, the city has completed two sections — the first, between York Street and Walford Road, was completed in 2017; and the second, from Lasalle Boulevard to Wilma Street, was newly minted this year.