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More complete streets
What’s in the plans for pedestrians and cyclists
London’s BRT is being planned with the “complete streets” principle in mind. Most transit trips begin and end with walking or cycling. Complete streets are designed to meet the needs of a wide range of users.
As part of London’s overarching Transportation Master Plan, the BRT project aims to make commuting easier for everyone – bus riders, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
Did you know?
1. New bike lanes and multi-use paths are coming
The BRT plan includes 10 km of new bike lanes and multi-use paths along the main BRT network, upgrades to nearby bike routes and plans for more in the future.
2. Improvements are coming soon
While BRT isn’t scheduled for completion until 2028, work on bike and pedestrian infrastructure will be completed in phases along the way.
3. Transit hubs can benefit pedestrians and cyclists
In other places with rapid transit, vibrant clusters of restaurants, shops and offices have popped up on the lines, making neighbourhoods more walkable, lively and enjoyable to traverse on two wheels or two feet.
What could BRT mean for you?
Walking and BRT
With BRT, neighbourhoods along the corridors will be connected to the rest of the city by reliable public transit. In line with the City’s focus on building communities – as outlined in the London Plan – areas along BRT routes are envisioned as vibrant, mixed-use, walkable neighbourhoods.
In other cities that have invested in rapid transit, development has occurred around transit hubs, creating new opportunities for living, working, shopping, dining and entertainment.
BRT includes revitalizing sidewalks and streetscapes. BRT stations will be accessible and can be customized by neighbourhood with public art, planters, trees and street furniture.
Biking and BRT
- Plans for Cycle routes wherever possible
- Nearly 10 km of new bike lanes and multi-use paths along the main 24 km BRT network
- Clearly marked lanes, separated with physical barriers from car traffic where possible
- Upgrades to bike routes near BRT, to ensure a complete network for cyclists
- Plans that comply with Ontario Traffic Manual Book 18, which sets guidelines for planning and design of cycling facilities
- Groundwork that allows for future cycling connections on most intersection streets with traffic signals
- Bike parking in close proximity to every BRT stop
Accessibility and BRT
A critical part of the BRT planning process is making stations safe and easy to access for people of all ages and abilities – including children, older adults, parents with strollers, and people using mobility devices. With features such as level boarding, all BRT stops – and the pedestrian areas leading up to them – will be fully accessible. The platforms will maximize the amount of clear space for pedestrians to move around easily in compliance with accessibility laws.
Biking by the numbers
New bike lanes and paths to be built with BRT
Existing off-street multi-use pathways
Existing on-street cycling infrastructure
Additional cycling facilities recommended by the City
New and improved pathways
There are six bus stops on the 1.7- km stretch along the east side of Wellington Rd. between Southdale and Commissioners. It’s a busy area between two hospitals, used by pedestrians, people in wheelchairs, on rollerblades, skateboards and bikes. But there’s no sidewalk or path along that stretch.
BRT will build a three-metre wide Multi-Use Path there.
The BRT plan also includes other nods to active transportation, such as a revamped path on Oxford Street between Highbury and First Street, and better cycling and walking connections across the Wellington Bridge south of downtown.
Frequently asked questions
Q: How does cycling fit into the BRT plan?
Cycling is a key part of London’s mobility plan. BRT plans include bike facilities wherever possible.
New bike lanes will be built on 10 km of the 24-km BRT network, including, for example, a brand new multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists on Wellington Road South. Many existing bike routes near the BRT routes will also be upgraded as part of the project to ensure a complete network is available for cyclists. Secure bike parking at BRT stops and safer bike connections with BRT’s new signalized intersections pave the way for more people to choose cycling in the future. There are also a number of other cycling projects underway as part of the Cycling Master Plan, which aims to continually improve the city’s cycling network.
All City transportation plans have to balance the needs of the cycling community with other considerations – including the needs of property owners, drivers, pedestrians and those who take transit. While cycling considerations have been included in the design of BRT corridors everywhere they are feasible, in some cases, the location of buildings, property lines, mature trees, sidewalks or utilities can be constraining.
Q: Will there be bike lock spots at BRT stops?
Yes. Bicycle parking will be provided in close proximity to BRT stops, making it easier to connect cyclists with transit.
Q: Can I bring my bike on the bus?
Yes. BRT buses will be equipped with easy-to-use bike racks, just like regular LTC buses. In addition, secure bicycle parking will be provided in close proximity to the BRT stops, making it easier to connect cyclists with transit.
Q: How will I get into downtown on my bike once BRT is in place?
There are many ways cyclists reach the downtown core – and there will continue to be options with BRT in place, although they may not be on the exact same corridors as BRT.
The City is committed to updating the Cycling Master Plan, London ON Bikes in the near future, with an eye to ensuring great options east-west and north-south connections for cyclists. There is a study underway to determine where the east-west bikeway should connect downtown to East London. Check out the City’s Bike & Walk Map to find convenient cycling connections such as the Thames Valley Parkway.
Q: How does BRT fit with the Cycling Master Plan?
The BRT cycling plan builds upon the City’s Cycling Master Plan, London ON Bikes. That plan is the blueprint for the future of London’s cycling network and recommends adding 470 km of cycling facilities (Exhibit 6.1).
As outlined in the Cycling Master Plan, up to two-thirds of BRT stops will be connected by a cycling route. These connections will radiate, terminate and run parallel to BRT corridors, making it easier to get around on two wheels – and less cumbersome to combine bike travel with a bus ride.
Q: How is the City working with the cycling community to ensure our interests are being considered in planning for BRT?
Convenient connections for cyclists are a priority in the BRT plans, which have been developed in consultation with London’s cycling community – including the Cycling Advisory Committee. Cyclists were also invited to participate in ongoing consultations this summer to help fine tune the BRT designs.
Q: Many BRT stops are in the middle of the road. How will I get to a centre-running BRT platform safely?
Accessing median BRT stops is easy and safe, because every BRT stop on a road is located at a signalized intersection. To get to a stop, wait for the light indicating you can cross. You can then proceed to the centre of the intersection and walk into the platform. For increased safety, the platforms are protected by concrete barriers.
Q: What’s happening with the east-west bike way?
The BRT design calls for changes to the Cycling Master Plan that affect east-west cycling downtown. Through research and public consultations, City staff are exploring the best route for an east-west bikeway between Downtown and Old East Village. Public consultation is ongoing. You can find details about previous and upcoming public consultation meetings on the City of London website.
Q: What impact will BRT have on bike lanes?
The BRT design strives to provide transit options for those who ride, walk, drive or take the bus – while minimizing impacts to homes and businesses. Cycle lanes have been improved and added wherever possible. That includes 10 kilometres of new lanes along the BRT route.
In some areas – like downtown – there isn’t enough space to add dedicated cycling facilities beside BRT lanes without major property impacts.
In a few cases, this means some existing bike lanes will be reduced in the immediate future. However, the City is committed to finding alternate parallel routes that make sense for cyclists and to updating the London ON Bikes Cycling Master Plan.
Q: How will BRT construction affect cyclists?
While it’s going to take several years before BRT is fully up and running, cyclists won’t have to wait that long to start using upgraded connections, secure bike parking and multi-use pathways.
Each leg of the BRT will be built separately, with an expected start in downtown in 2020 and moving east—so cyclists can expect upgrades along that corridor first. From there, construction is expected to continue through the north, south and west corridors between 2022 and 2028.
The BRT team will work closely with other City project teams to provide coordinated, advance updates about construction and road closures throughout the city. Every effort will be made to ensure Londoners are aware of construction zones and traffic detours resulting from road work, whether it be through online portals, media relations, citywide mail, or other forms of informative content.
Q: What criteria was used for planning the BRT pedestrian network?
Questions considered when designing London’s pedestrian network included:
- Network Connectivity – are there continuous sidewalks or trails along both side of the corridor? Do neighbourhoods within 800 metres of stations have sidewalks on at least one side of the road?
- Accessibility – are sidewalks an appropriate size? Are there narrow areas that could cause pinch points?
- Intersection Improvements – are there turn lanes or large crossing distances that can be unattractive to pedestrians? Are there crossings at each side?
- Destination Access – do major destinations within close proximity to stations have direct pedestrian access?
- Crossing Spacing – are pedestrians able to cross the corridors at station locations? Are crossings spaced at short, frequent intervals?
Q: When will we see improvements?
Cyclists and pedestrians won’t have to wait until the full BRT system is constructed and running (expected in 2028) in order to start using upgraded connections, secure bike parking and pathways. As these elements are constructed between 2020 and 2028, members of the public will be able to start using them.