Next Steps for James Bay Cycling Network

Public engagement on the designs for the next phase in the City’s 32km All Ages and Abilities (AAA) cycling network in James Bay has now concluded.

Over 1,300 people participated in the design process through on-line surveys and mapping activities from February to June this year. The public was invited to provide feedback on draft designs and share their preference for an east-west route, Superior Street or Michigan Street.

“The City is continuing to make investments in sustainable transportation and this includes completing AAA connections in James Bay,” said Mayor Lisa Helps. “This comprehensive engagement process allowed for residents, businesses and commuters to share their ideas, concerns and suggestions. With a growing community we are making changes to our streets to help residents and visitors move safely, using all modes of transportation.”

Based on outcomes of the first phase, City staff adapted designs to respond to ideas and feedback they received from the community. Emphasis focused on road crossings, on-street parking retention, vehicle circulation, and features that improved safety for people walking, rolling or riding bicycles.

“This turnout demonstrates that the James Bay community cares about improving road safety. It was encouraging to see so many people providing ideas and suggestions in this process,” said Councillor Stephen Andrew, Council Liaison for James Bay.

Staff will now review the final survey results and continue working with agency partners on design modifications before presenting recommendations to Council this summer.