The County...on the Move! PEC's Transportation Master Plan & Cycling Master Plan

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In November 2019, Prince Edward County initiated the development of a Transportation Master Plan and a Cycling Master Plan. Both plans will be completed using a similar process and the outcomes and recommendations will be combined into a comprehensive set of planning policy, infrastructure and implementation tools which means that:

  1. There will be a clear set of recommendations on where and how transportation will be improved;
  2. There will be policies in place to support the improvements and to address long-term community needs; and
  3. There will be strategies to help the County determine how to build, pay for and promote transportation County-wide.

Together the transportation master plan and the cycling master plan will be implemented to achieve a common vision for the future of transportation within Prince Edward County:

Prince Edward County is committed to developing a well-connected multi-modal transportation network that is equitable, sustainable and accessible. The transportation network will help to achieve and be supportive of a smart rural community. The transportation network of tomorrow will enhance the quality of life for all residents while preserving the cultural history of Prince Edward County.

The County has retained WSP Canada Group Limited (WSP) to develop both the Transportation Master Plan and Cycling Master Plan, which are expected to be completed by December 2020.

Have Your Say!

  • How do you think transportation should be improved throughout Prince Edward County?
  • How can you be better accommodated to walk, cycle or be active more often?
  • How do you think Prince Edward County should prioritize changes to the transportation system?

We want and need your feedback in order to create a set of transportation-related master plans that reflect the unique elements of the County and the future that its residents and visitors want to achieve. To learn more about the individual projects please click on the FAQ's below.

In November 2019, Prince Edward County initiated the development of a Transportation Master Plan and a Cycling Master Plan. Both plans will be completed using a similar process and the outcomes and recommendations will be combined into a comprehensive set of planning policy, infrastructure and implementation tools which means that:

  1. There will be a clear set of recommendations on where and how transportation will be improved;
  2. There will be policies in place to support the improvements and to address long-term community needs; and
  3. There will be strategies to help the County determine how to build, pay for and promote transportation County-wide.

Together the transportation master plan and the cycling master plan will be implemented to achieve a common vision for the future of transportation within Prince Edward County:

Prince Edward County is committed to developing a well-connected multi-modal transportation network that is equitable, sustainable and accessible. The transportation network will help to achieve and be supportive of a smart rural community. The transportation network of tomorrow will enhance the quality of life for all residents while preserving the cultural history of Prince Edward County.

The County has retained WSP Canada Group Limited (WSP) to develop both the Transportation Master Plan and Cycling Master Plan, which are expected to be completed by December 2020.

Have Your Say!

  • How do you think transportation should be improved throughout Prince Edward County?
  • How can you be better accommodated to walk, cycle or be active more often?
  • How do you think Prince Edward County should prioritize changes to the transportation system?

We want and need your feedback in order to create a set of transportation-related master plans that reflect the unique elements of the County and the future that its residents and visitors want to achieve. To learn more about the individual projects please click on the FAQ's below.

Transportation Master Plan FAQ & Comments

What is Transportation Master Plan? Why does Prince Edward County need it? 

A Transportation Master Plan (TMP) sets a vision for transportation in the County. The process to develop a TMP starts with a review of the current transportation system, how it is working and where areas for improvement are needed. The TMP also reviews best practices and considers emerging trends to identify travel needs in the future. Ultimately, the TMP will identify a series of actions that the municipality can take to address walking, rolling and cycling, road, and other multi-modal transportation needs in the County. Specifically, the TMP looks to:  

  1. Ensure the transportation network is accessible for all ages and abilities to meet the future needs of Prince Edward County 

  1. Meet the goals and objectives of the County’s Community Development Strategic Plan and Official Plan  

  1. Improve road safety for all users  

  1. Consider linkages to the County’s Asset Management Plan 

What is the process for the Transportation Master Plan? 

The Transportation Master Plan will follow the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment master planning process and will be developed in three phases.  

  • Phase 1: Background review and baseline conditions analysis – will explore the existing conditions of the transportation system. What is working well, what needs to be improved, and what can we learn from others are questions the County will explore. 
  • Phase 2: Suggesting and Discussing Alternatives – will identify a series of options to continuously improve transportation systems in the County 
  • Phase 3: Finalizing the Approach and Creating an Implementation Plan - will reflect the final recommendations to advance transportation in Prince Edward County.  At each stage in the process, the community will have opportunities to share their ideas, view and inputs to help shape the final Transportation Master Plan. 

Does the Transportation Master Plan include transportation outside of Prince Edward County? 

The Transportation Master Plan will focus primarily on improvements to the transportation system within the County boundary. There may be considerations made to advance transportation options across the region as appropriate. 

Will the plan look at cycling and pedestrian issues and solutions or will it focus only on cars and transit? 

The TMP will focus on the most effective ways to move people and goods within the County, following a complete streets approach. This will include looking at all forms of travel including walking, rolling and cycling. 

How will my input be used? 

In the early stages your ideas and inputs will be used to shape the overall understanding of the current issues and opportunities facing transportation in the County as well as help to form a vision for the Transportation Master Plan that reflects the desires of residents, visitors and other stakeholders. In later stages, your input will be used to inform potential refinements to the proposed policy directions and identify challenges, opportunities and considerations for the proposed policy directions prior to being included in the final Transportation Master Plan. 

Has County Council been involved in the Transportation Master Plan Study? 

To date, City Council has participated in the Transportation Master Plan process formally by completing a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) Analysis of the County’s current Transportation system. Council will be updated through delegations to Council as the project advances, and all Councilors will be invited as stakeholders to community and stakeholder workshops. 

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Rob Legge 3 days ago

I cycle a lot in the County and much can be done to improve our roads. First signs should be put onmajor arteries to SHARE THE ROAD WITH CYCLISTS. We need paved shoulders on Hwy 49, CountyRoad 1 and County Road 10 from Picton to Cherry Valley. Currently these roads are very bikeunfriendly and they are major arteries that cyclist will us. The Shoulders on Hwy 62 are a joke,they too must be widened. Lennox and Addington do a much better job for cyclists than theCounty, they have more paved shoulders and public maps of various bike routes. The County has the makings for the best Bike destination in Ontario, but doesn't seem to realize it. If youwant to increase cycling traffic you have to get busy and produce bike friendly roads.I would be glad to be involved!!!

Rob Legge 3 days ago

Dedicated bike lanes a must. By-pass also a must.

Donna Kearns 3 days ago

We need to slow down the Traffic in all of the County. “Slow Down and Enjoy the County”. I’d like to see all of the backroads speed limits reduced by 10K per hour and the speed limit in all the towns, villages and hamlets speed limit reduced to 40K.During that process we need to look at continuity in speed signs. On some streets the signs change 3 times in less than ½ a Kilometre. Proper width paved shoulder would not only make Cycling safer in the County but it would reduce Highway maintenance costs. Managing Capital costing with maintenance costing should be common practice.We need to implement speed cameras as the OPP can’t handle all that is going on in the County. We need to introduce a Tourist tax to play for improved and well maintained facilities. What happened to the Way-Finding Project? County Signage is woefully inadequate!Bearpm@icloud.com, C: 613-848-7690

Patrick Maloney 3 days ago

I have a general comment on vehicular traffic management in PEC, and a few suggestions regarding cycling in PEC:- To ensure safety of all residents and visitors, and for ecological best practices, I believe more must be done to enforce speed limits for motorized vehicles in PEC; - I have specific observations regarding CR 11 (East Lake Road) where speeding and illegal passing (on solid line portions) is common. But it should be noted that these comments apply to most County Roads. Because CR 11 is a major conduit to and from Sandbanks Park, and is essentially a residential road, there is a high volume of vehicles using the road—especially in tourist season and on weekend. Technically, CR 11 has “cycling lane” with a large number of cyclists using it regularly. The speeding and illegal passing on CR 11 endangers the lives of many people using the road in the number of ways, not to mention the farmers who drive slower moving vehicles such as tractors on the road on a regular basis. We rarely see OPP speed monitoring on the road. Perhaps signage to remind people there is no passing on the solid line would help address this one element—but the problem is larger than that;- Regarding cycling: We should all be working to have more designated cycling lanes on our roads in PEC; We are a region that markets itself to cyclists, and we have a responsibility to protect cycling residents and visitors. More cycling benefits our municipality on multiple levels, including health, transit, and environment.Thanks for listening, and for working to make and maintain PE County a great place to live.

Sarah Crawford 5 days ago