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

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We would like your feedback on our draft recommendations!

The County has been working on the Cycling and Transportation Master Plans this year. We consulted with you over the summer and had public sessions in August. Since August, we have incorporated the feedback received, completed technical analyses and developed a set of draft recommendations. We presented our draft recommendations on November 25, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Thank you for those who were able to attend the consultation sessions. The PowerPoint presentations are available in the documents section of the project page and recordings of the sessions are included should you wish to "hear" the presentations that were given and some of the questions that were asked! We would appreciate any comments on our draft recommendations by Friday, December 11, 2020.

For more information about the Transportation Master Plan and Cycling Master Plan please review the FAQ's below.

We would like your feedback on our draft recommendations!

The County has been working on the Cycling and Transportation Master Plans this year. We consulted with you over the summer and had public sessions in August. Since August, we have incorporated the feedback received, completed technical analyses and developed a set of draft recommendations. We presented our draft recommendations on November 25, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Thank you for those who were able to attend the consultation sessions. The PowerPoint presentations are available in the documents section of the project page and recordings of the sessions are included should you wish to "hear" the presentations that were given and some of the questions that were asked! We would appreciate any comments on our draft recommendations by Friday, December 11, 2020.

For more information about the Transportation Master Plan and Cycling Master Plan please review 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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I walked through the town hall corner from the fairgrounds to county co-working the other day and the speed of cars up Bridge to turn right is probably most dangerous aspect for pedestrians. The roundabout with pedestrian corridors works best for me, especially if the one crosswalk is aligned as close as possible with the front steps of Shire Hall.

Blair Falconer 5 months ago

Many Thanks to the whole team for their presentation of the draft recommendations on November 25th.

I am offering a few suggestions with respect to sharing the streets in the towns of Picton, Bloomfield and Wellington.

My reimagined streetscape for these towns would include a 40km speed limit on the Main Street and 30km on local streets that has been brought forward by others.
I would like to see the streets with painted markings in the following arrangement. Beside the sidewalk a two way bike lane with painted dash lines and the road bed here highlighted in a colour. Next to the bike lane a painted striped border of three to five feet to protect cyclists from car doors. Beside this protection border comes parking spots and two way traffic and finally parking for the other direction next to the sidewalk.
This street design is in operation in many cities around the world such as New York to great acclaim. It gives pedestrians, cyclists and drivers their own space for safety. The street is segregated using only paint so it will not interfere with the operation of emergency vehicles or snow plows. It is a low cost approach and suitable for testing trials. The car lanes only in town could be narrowed to accommodate the space needed for the bike lanes and provide cycling in both directions without the need to displace cyclists onto another route. Another positive feature of narrow lanes reported from other city studies are the traffic calming effect it has as drIvers slow down to navigate their way. The segregated spaces can give more security to all levels of cyclists in these towns. It can help promote and encourage more cycling tourism in combination with designated cycling shoulders on the bike routes around The County.

I would encourage more Share the Road signage for the benefit of cyclists and farmers. Increased signage to direct. cyclists on the various bike routes developed in The County would be welcome.

I have often thought about a different way for traffic at the town hill in Picton that would make that intersection accessible to all users and connect the town to Picton Bay and a future boardwalk and public spaces around the waterfront. Amongst the options presented last evening I liked the roundabout but in combination with the proposed north truck bypass. The centre of the roundabout could be designed with a smaller radius and with a low profile to enhance the turning ability for cars and small to medium sized trucks and ensure emergency vehicles can get through easily. Addressing the challenges with town hill would be a solution to make that intersection useable for everyone seamlessly connecting the whole town of Picton to its bay and to the lovely residential areas and out to the new hospital.

I look forward to hearing from others and the team as they digest all our comments and try to make them into workable solutions.

Eugenia Venchiarutti 5 months ago

I was in attendance at your Nov 25th update. Several comments:
a) the 'blue' biking lanes that were determined to be 'ok' as they are, is true only because of the limited number of cars on certain roads, however a number of these roads are narrow due to the cracked condition at the road's edge. In addition a number of these roads are in poor shape (like Cty Rd 8 by Waupoos) and have no paved shoulders.
b) While Picton residents who cycle the Millenium Tr likely know, there are two access points to the M.T. from Picton. Upper Lake St, and the one by the LCBO (which is to be avoided, esp in summer due to the congestion of people coming into and out of town on Lake St). There should be a cross-walk at W. Mary & Lake to aid pedestrians and cyclist crossing there.
c) I applaud the idea of adding paved shoulders whenever streets are being repaved.
d) Cutting back the weeds on the MT needs to be done much earlier in the season. The weeds were so over grown this year that you literallly had to ride down the middle to avoid being wiped by the weeds, turning a two lane trail into a potentially dangerous one lane trail.
e) Cty Rds 11 & 12 to Sandbanks are so busy in the summer, that these should be priorities for getting paved shoulders/bike-walking designated spots.
f) Having people 'reserve' parking in Sandbanks will likely not deter people. They will park on the road shoulders outside the park and walk in. There almost needs to be a 'beach cam' so people coming can see how busy it is. Also, consider digital signs along the 401 at the Wooler, Hwy 64 and Hwy 49 intersections at the 401 so people can see ahead of time what the Sandbanks situation is ahead of driving the 45min to 1hr into the County to find it full.
g) You mentioned a 'north by-pass route' for trucks. Has a study been done to determine why these trucks are going through town in the first place. My guess would be that they were doing a delivery in town, so doing a 'by pass' will likely have a limited effect. Most people familiar with the County take that 'by-pass' now if they want to avoid d/town.
h) Ahhh, the Bridge Street Hill at Main St. A nightmare, especially with poor tourists who are confused when they come from Bridge St and are going up the hill. Has consideration been given to a set of three traffic lights/possibly four. The lights would be at the current stop signs on Main St., then one at the bottom of the Bridge St hill (possibly with one set at the intersection of Union and Bridge). The lights would have to be timed so that there is ample time to get up the hill. Having a light on Bridge at the intersection with Main would be a disaster for rolling back and especially sliding back on snow covered/icy winter roads.
i) Have you considered putting a walkway/ramp/set of stairs from Pineridge down to John St through the 'green space'. This would allow pedestrians an alternative to walking down Union which can be very busy. A side walk from Pineridge down to John on Union is a 'must'

Kurt Letain 5 months ago

I am looking forward to the next public engagement meeting in the meantime here are my thoughts. Please look at other municipalities regarding speed limits, Kingston and Belleville would be good comparators. Main Street in Picton, Wellington, Bloomfield should be 40 and "local" street should be 30. Many of the local streets are short and are not proportionate to support speed limit of 40 or more. Currently these streets are 50. Rather than work street by street use a blanket bylaw so we don't have to spend money on multiple signs. We cannot rely on common sense and we cannot rely on the OPP to enforce as their resources are limited. We would also need to implement traffic calming measures. It will only get worse as we continue to develop housing. If you look at letters sent to the Traffic Advisory Committee many of the letters are around speeding or perceived speeding The police can do nothing on the smaller streets. It is more of the quick acceleration and then braking that pedestrians and residents are dealing with.

suzkav123 7 months ago

There should be an extensive network of bikelanes throughout the county. Make this a green region where people come to to celebrate our beautiful nature here.

Andreas Kratschmer 7 months ago

The County has a unique opportunity to promote itself as an alternative to cottage country and Niagara. To be successful, we need to continue to position ourselves as a place to slow down and enjoy the local wines, produce, art, environment, and general pace of life. Kayak, cycle, sail, etc. As others have said, slow traffic down, reduce speed limits, support cycling via signage and smooth and wide pavement on roads. Most county roads are currently hazardous to cyclists due to pavement conditions and hostile vehicle drivers who seem to believe that it’s their duty to literally run cyclists off the roads. We need to educate drivers to share the roads respectfully.

Mark Holtshousen 7 months ago

I agree wholeheartedly with Gerry Jenkisons' comments and would echo the positive note about the success of resurfacing the Millennium Trail which I pedal several times a year, especially the newly completed lowland section through Hillier. The addition of infrastructure such as the interpretive panels for wetland wildlife and the rest areas and innovative tool centre in Wellington. The economic benefits of this work are already paying off as entrepreneurs have used this corridor to rent bicycles and e-bikes and lead guided bicycle tours to the wineries. Without the smoothing, the trail would have been too precarious for the bachelorettes on bicycles after alcoholic drink tastings at 3 or 4 venues! I know some youth who were able to use the trail on motorcycle to get to their jobs. To promote recreational bicycling without revealing all of the "secret beaches" and dirt roads only us locals know, could Shire Hall provide me with information about which little lanes are public access? I do a lot of exploring on two wheels and leading my County Outings groups on foot "off-road" and often the entrance to a grassy lane (and even paved dead-end roads) have been posted "No Trespassing" by those who own the land adjacent to the road. Obviously the rural residents don't want city tourists flocking in, but if the road is public I should not be intimidated by signs trying to make it look private! For example, some offshoot lanes along Green Point Road, Morrison Point Road and Long Point Road. Rugged mountain biking isn't for everyone, but there have been biking clubs maintaining the trails and signs at Macaulay Mountain Conservation Area and there is great potential to attract this extreme sport community to the South Shore areas where ATV's and Jeeps run wild. I would challenge Harold's comment that highways were designed for automobiles; don't forget that roads were originally for horses and bicycles. Gentrification of The County has been going on for more years than we thought! Those who want the simple life are getting pushed out. Right now it might pay to watch the Montreal news as Maire Valérie Plante is taking heat for turning vehicle traffic away from commercial streets to allow pedestrians and bicycles a safe right-of-way. I say yay, build it and they will come! Cyclists are good people and bike paths are long overdue. Promoting bicycling should be part of a greater vision in preserving PEC's pastoral scenic back roads, not allowing them to build endless rows of houses, and to keep our air clean and reduce traffic noise. A tall order like that requires good leadership. This consultation is a good start. Thank you.

Phillip Norton 8 months ago

When is the next meeting planned for (can I be automatically be notified vis email).

David Lloyd 8 months ago

I cycle in the County regularly and I think one of the first things that should be done is to install some "Share the Road" signs on all of the main County roads, especially near curves, where visibility is not always great. Of course having paved shoulders for cyclists will make sharing the road much easier in the future. I also think we would all benefit from knowing more about cycling rules and laws so that we can share the road safely. Perhaps a regular column in one of the local papers might be a way to educate the public and stay up to date with cycling news in the County ?

Karole Marois 8 months ago

I live in Cherry Valley and County Road 10 through our village is becoming like the 401 and it is becoming very dangerous to enter and exit my driveway. The speeding is out of control, and the traffic is ridiculous. Seldom is speeding enforced. I would like to see enforced 40km in all County towns. I think traffic should be highly considered when approving developments – specifically Quinte Isle – because the road through Cherry Valley is the main and quickest way to get there. As it's already super busy I can't imagine what 300+ more cars will feel like – for safety and for noise. CYCLING should be given high priority throughout the County – with a safe infrastructure in place – and marketing cyclists seems to a good fit for the County brand. On the Millennium Trail, I think ATV's spoil the opportunity for quiet contemplation and connecting to nature when walking. I think think the trail should be reserved for walking and cycling ONLY.

Katowake 8 months ago

Pedestrian & bike traffic should be encouraged in historic villages. Traffic islands, antique lighting & interlocking brick with historical plaques would calm main streets. Picton to Sandbanks dedicated Bike lane similar to Millennium Trail would also encourage conservation & development.

Andrew Graudins 8 months ago

Public transportation system should include meeting train service at all times at the Belleville station from main Street of Picton.

Frederick Ross Saunders 8 months ago

There is a desperate need for a comprehensive plan to take the County into the 21st century. Firstly Picton, the largest concentration of residents and businesses is without a bypass or connecting link to enable a percentage of traffic to pass from the east side of the County to the west side of Picton without the need o drive down the main business and residential thoroughfare, Main St. Secondly the County continues to approve new single family subdivisions which require transportation by car to reach the shopping and entertainment section of Picton. There is no plan for intensification within the core area of Picton and no plan for a community transportation system to enable access by other than car. There is also no effort to provide for access by foot from some developments which might be within walking distance. For example the developer of the subdivision on County Road eight across from Bird House City was allowed to build without a plan of subdivision requirement to provide sidewalk access along the county road. I agree with the proposal to limit speeds within communities to 40KM. However without enforcement there is little point. Living on Main St I witness countless vehicles at excessive speed when traffic condition are light and of course during summer months traffic is generally stop a stop and go situation from the Talbot/Lake St. intersection to the Town Hill. And now we have a new Sobeys store opening up on Hwy 33 which will now require residents living in Town to drive to shop which of course speaks to the lack of any kind of transportation plan beyond the car. As for cycling paved shoulders are a must to complement the very fine Millennium trail.

Bob McKittrick 8 months ago

Car and truck road use and safety:
Another opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions as well as the number of accidents. Oh yes, and save lives:
-- Reduce speed limits on all unpaved roads to 40 km/h.
-- Reduce speed limits in all villages to 40 km/h, from end to end (i.e., not just the centre of the village, as in Wellington).
-- Install speed bumps in some villages, e.g., Cherry Valley. CR-10 through CV is a veritable race track.
-- How to monitor speed compliance? Photo radar, ideally, but the infrastructure is probably prohibitively expensive.
-- If there's a benefit to traffic islands in keeping traffic moving and reducing accidents at intersections, let's install more.
-- Electric vehicles are coming. Let's encourage them by installing more chargers. Ontario has clean energy, thanks to the previous Liberal govt's taking us off coal, so EVs really are a clean way to drive.
-- And, on the topic of EVs, The County should be switching its fleet over from gasoline/diesel. While the initial purchase price may still be higher, the savings in energy costs and particularly on maintenance will make up for the price difference within a couple of years. Purchase price a problem? Keep the existing cars/trucks for an extra year.
-- Road maintenance is a major expense for The County. Let's allow tourists to share the cost -- they are major users of our roads after all -- by creating a tourism tax.
Thanks for Have Your Say and the opportunity to comment.

Gerry Jenkison 8 months ago

Encouraging active transportation can be a small step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions, something the County should get behind.
-- More trails, in addition to the very successful Millennium Trail, which has been well used by cyclists this summer. Ideally, other villages would be linked by bike trails, allowing increased active transportation that avoids major roads.
-- Identified bike lanes, perhaps by improving soft shoulders, white lines delineating cycling paths from the car and truck part of the road.
-- More frequent bike racks along town and village streets.
Thanks for Have Your Say the opportunity to comment on this important issue.

Gerry Jenkison 8 months ago

Everybody seems to forget that the highways were originally built for cars trucks and commercial traffic. l ride in the provincial parks and would not expose myself to potential injury on the highway. A friend commented that Bike users should be licensed and taxed like vehicles to pay for the improvements proposed. Adequate space should be allowed on the highways and cyclists should learn to ride on the right side of the line and single file. Cannot understand why they need the whole road or want to expose themselves so much. The OPP should be fining the cyclists who are not obeying rules of the road. The County is opening themselves up to a huge liability and better increase their insurance requirements as somebody is going to sue them eventually.

Harold Harcourt 9 months ago

I see that contributions are already closed. I just received this information last week.

Rob Legge 9 months ago

I cycle a lot in the County and much can be done to improve our roads. First signs should be put on
major arteries to SHARE THE ROAD WITH CYCLISTS. We need paved shoulders on Hwy 49, County
Road 1 and County Road 10 from Picton to Cherry Valley. Currently these roads are very bike
unfriendly 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 the
County, 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 you
want to increase cycling traffic you have to get busy and produce bike friendly roads.

I would be glad to be involved!!!

Rob Legge 9 months ago

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

Donna Kearns 9 months 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!, C: 613-848-7690

Patrick Maloney 9 months ago