The City of Barrie continues to work toward a continuous, well-connected and safe active transportation network for residents and visitors.
“Cycling is more popular than ever, and walking and cycling have so many benefits for our community—they improve physical health, promote social interaction, and reduce road congestion and greenhouse gas emissions,” says Michelle Banfield, Director of Development Services. “As the city grows, Barrie is committed to developing a comprehensive active transportation network to support residents today and into the future.”
#RideABikeDay kicks off #BikeMonth on May 31st! Enjoy the freedom of pedal power by hitting the trails, heading down to the park, going to get some groceries, or riding with your family. Share your adventures and we’ll see how many kms we can ride!https://t.co/eKZQ04Ec9x pic.twitter.com/HoLyeyERZJ— Bike Month (@BikeMonth) May 21, 2021
Last year, the city completed 12.7 kilometres of cycling trails, bicycle lanes and urban shoulders. The most significant project was the reconstruction of Hurst Drive between Minet’s Point Drive and Brennan Avenue, which added a multi-use trail and bike lanes. It has provided uninterrupted connectivity from Big Bay Point Road to the City’s waterfront and the North Shore Trail.
This year, the city is undertaking its largest cycling initiative to date with the Cycle Barrie Infrastructure Program launch. Upcoming active transportation projects include the following:
- New Harvie Road/Big Bay Point Rd./Highway 400 overpass will include buffered bike lanes and sidewalks on both sides (scheduled to open in late June 2021)
- Bell Farm Road from St. Vincent St. to Duckworth St. right-of-way expansion, including the addition of on-road dedicated bike lanes (scheduled to be complete by October 2022)
- Big Bay Point Road transportation improvements, including bicycle lanes from Bayview to Huronia (tentative completion date in 2023)
- Implementation of cycling lanes on Little Avenue and Johnson Street (tentative completion in fall 2021)
- Adding cycling lanes on Hanmer Street and Bayview Drive (future project, subject to Council approval)
- Active transportation is embedded in Barrie City Council’s strategic goals of fostering a safe and healthy city, building strong neighbourhoods, and improving the ability to get around. The goals are to promote recreation opportunities for all ages and abilities, build a greener Barrie while mitigating and adapting to climate change, and creating walkable, connected neighbourhoods.
- Barrie has over 47 km of cycling infrastructure in addition to cycling trails located in City parks.
- Bike racks are available on all Barrie Transit buses. They are free, easy to use and have instruction labels.
- Barrie has bicycle locking posts and racks on Dunlop Street and at Meridian Square. There are also bike racks at City Hall, all recreation centres, library branches, the transit terminal, and GO Stations.
- The city works in partnership with the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit and local school boards to help promote the On the Move initiative, to encourage families and students to choose active transportation to school.
For more information on the City’s active transportation strategy, upcoming projects and resources, visit barrie.ca/ActiveTransportation.