Why is this planned network different than what was implemented Phase 1?
As part of this project, the City wanted to evaluate the existing infrastructure (trails, bike lanes, etc.) to understand gaps and barriers in the network, as well as determine any new connections that should be included. The network from Phase 1 was developed prior to the updated guidance on cycling facilities being included in the Transportation Association of Canada’s Geometric Design Guide for Canadian Roads.
This document recommends different cycling facilities based on vehicle speeds and volumes, to make it safer and more comfortable for a wider range of people on bikes. Feedback from Moncton residents who participated in the first round of engagement was also considered, where it was identified that most people (61% of survey respondents) are not comfortable cycling using the City’s existing network. This proposed network builds on many of the connections identified in Phase 1, then suggests appropriate cycling facilities so people of different ages and abilities feel comfortable cycling.
How will all these projects be built? Where are the priorities?
The proposed network shows what cycling facilities could eventually be throughout Moncton. At this stage, we’re asking residents to examine the proposed facilities, identify potential connections or preferred routes for the network, and to get public input on how the network should be prioritized for implementation (what residents feel is most urgent to build).
Then, related components will be aligned with upcoming capital works (road) projects to support implementation (i.e. new bike lane on a street scheduled to be rebuilt), while others may be treated as standalone projects.
What is the timeframe for this plan?
This plan is expected to be implemented over 10 years. Some routes, not included in this time frame, will be reassessed in the future based on priorities and available budget.
There is a proposed route on my street. What does this mean?
The proposed network recommends cycling facilities across the city as part of creating a cohesive, connected, high quality network. This network is shown at a high-level only and more detailed planning for each route will take place at the time of implementation.
Why isn’t XYZ street included in the network?
The proposed network was created keeping in mind the existing facilities (Phase 1), the Municipal Plan, and reviewed by the City’s project team. The goal is to provide direct, high-quality connections to key destinations throughout the community, with multiple route options. Some streets were excluded due to several factors, such as existing plans, limited right-of-way, and nearby parallel routes.
What is being proposed for the pedestrian network?
During the gap analysis process (where issues were identified), it was highlighted that many collector and arterial roads in Moncton do not have sidewalks on both sides. This impacts peoples’ ability to safely and comfortably walk in the city, as well as get to favourite destinations and bus stops.
These are identified as a priority through policy being developed as part of this plan. It was also noted that many of the sidewalks in the city are less than 1.8m wide, which allows two people in wheelchairs to pass each other. The plan will recommend that all new/rebuilt sidewalks be at least 1.8m wide, except where not possible due to a constraint.
How much will this plan cost?
Cost estimates for the recommendations will be prepared once the proposed network is finalized. As many of the components in the plan will likely be built as part of planned capital works (road) projects, there will be some savings.
If this plan is implemented, will more people cycle around Moncton?
The network proposed in this plan is intended to be comfortable for people of different ages and abilities. During the spring 2021 survey, 45% of respondents said that they are interested in cycling but that they have concerns. And while 45% of respondents said that they do cycle in warmer months, 65% of respondents would prefer to cycle in warmer months.
Similarly, while 5% currently cycle in colder months, 26% said they would like to cycle in colder months. These results suggest that about 20% of respondents want to cycle more, even in winter. This plan aims to make cycling a truly feasible and comfortable transportation option for people to get around Moncton all year.
What about winter?
Cycling is possible throughout the winter on most days with normal winter clothes, the right facilities and proper maintenance. The proposed network includes more physically separated bikeways, which will make people feel more comfortable cycling, especially in winter conditions. The plan will also include recommendations for new maintenance standards to support active transportation. Providing access to a winter cycling network is important for ensuring that people have economically- and environmentally-friendly transportation options throughout the year.