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More complete streets
What’s in the plans for pedestrians and cyclists
London’s rapid transit 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 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 plans include new bike lanes and multi-use paths along the rapid transit corridors, plus upgrades to nearby bike routes and plans for more in the future.
2. Improvements are coming soon
While rapid transit 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 rapid transit mean for you?
With rapid transit, 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 the 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.
The rapid transit plans include revitalizing sidewalks and streetscapes. Bus stations will be accessible and can be customized by neighbourhood with public art, planters, trees and street furniture.
- Plans for Cycle routes wherever possible
- Many new bike lanes and multi-use paths along the routes
- Clearly marked lanes, separated with physical barriers from car traffic where possible
- Upgrades to bike routes near the corridors, 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 stop
A critical part of the 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 rapid transit 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.
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.
Rapid transit will build a three-metre wide Multi-Use Path there.
The plans also include 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 rapid transit plans?
Cycling is a key part of London’s mobility plan, and rapid transit plans include bike facilities wherever possible.
In some areas, new bike lanes are planned, and many existing bike routes near the routes will also be upgraded to ensure a complete network is available for cyclists. Secure bike parking and safer bike connections with signalized intersections will 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 rapid transit 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 rapid transit stops?
Yes. Bicycle parking will be provided in close proximity to stops, making it easier to connect cyclists with transit.
Q: Can I bring my bike on the bus?
Yes. 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 stops, making it easier to connect cyclists with transit.
Q: How will I get into downtown on my bike once rapid transit is in place?
There are many ways cyclists reach the downtown core – and there will continue to be options with rapid transit in place, although they may not be on the exact same corridors as rapid transit.
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 rapid transit fit with the Cycling Master Plan?
The rapid transit 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, many BRT stops will be connected by a cycling route. These connections will radiate, terminate and run parallel to rapid transit 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 rapid transit??
Convenient connections for cyclists are a priority in the rapid transit 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 rapid transit designs.
Q: Many rapid transit stops are in the middle of the road. How will I get to a centre-running platform safely?
Accessing median stops is easy and safe, because they are located at signalized intersections. 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?
Rapid transit plans call 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 rapid transit have on bike lanes?
The 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.
In some areas – like downtown – there isn’t enough space to add dedicated cycling facilities beside rapid transit 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 construction affect cyclists?
The project team will work closely with other City 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 rapid transit pedestrian network?
Questions considered when designing London’s pedestrian network included:
- Network Connectivity – are there continuous sidewalks or trails along both sides 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?