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

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CYCLING MASTER PLAN

NOTICE OF STUDY COMPLETION

The County of Prince Edward has completed its Cycling Master Plan (CMP). This document provides direction and recommendations on The County’s network of continuous and connected cycling routes, building upon the existing cycling network; policies to aide implementation of cycling investments and foster a supportive cycling environment; and education and encouragement initiatives to facilitate behaviour change and continue to promote physical activity and outdoor recreation in Prince Edward County.

The County’s CMP followed Phase 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) process for master plans. The recommended preferred alternatives were selected based on technical analysis and refined through public consultation. This notice announces the start of the 30 calendar-day review period in accordance with the requirements of the MCEA process.

The CMP is available online in the Documents tab on the right side of this page.

Interested persons may provide written comments to our project team by July 9, 2021. All comments and concerns should be provided through the Have Your Say platform (Cycling Master Plan tab at bottom of page). Alternatively, they can be sent to Emily Cowan at Prince Edward County:

Emily Cowan
Community Programs Supervisor
The Corporation of the County of Prince Edward
T: 613.476.2148 ext. 2503 | F: 613.476.8356
ecowan@pecounty.on.ca
Mailing Address: 332 Picton Main Street, Picton, ON K0K 2T0

In addition, a request may be made to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks for an order requiring a higher level of study requiring an individual/comprehensive EA approval before being able to proceed), or that conditions be imposed (require further studies), only on the grounds that the requested order may prevent, mitigate or remedy adverse impacts on constitutionally protected Aboriginal and treaty rights. Requests on other grounds will not be considered. Requests should include the requester contact information and full name for the ministry.

Requests should specify what kind of order is being requested (request for additional conditions or a request for an individual/comprehensive environmental assessment), how an order may prevent, mitigate or remedy those potential adverse impacts, and any information in support of the statements in the request. This will ensure that the Ministry is able to efficiently begin reviewing the request.

The request should be sent in writing or by email to:

Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks
777 Bay Street, 5th Floor
Toronto ON M7A 2J3
minister.mecp@ontario.ca

and

Director, Environmental Assessment Branch
Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks
135 St. Clair Ave. W, 1st Floor
Toronto ON, M4V 1P5
EABDirector@ontario.ca

Requests should also be sent to Emily Cowan at Prince Edward County by mail or by e-mail.

This Notice issued June 1, 2021.

Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

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

CYCLING MASTER PLAN

NOTICE OF STUDY COMPLETION

The County of Prince Edward has completed its Cycling Master Plan (CMP). This document provides direction and recommendations on The County’s network of continuous and connected cycling routes, building upon the existing cycling network; policies to aide implementation of cycling investments and foster a supportive cycling environment; and education and encouragement initiatives to facilitate behaviour change and continue to promote physical activity and outdoor recreation in Prince Edward County.

The County’s CMP followed Phase 1 and 2 of the Municipal Class Environmental Assessment (MCEA) process for master plans. The recommended preferred alternatives were selected based on technical analysis and refined through public consultation. This notice announces the start of the 30 calendar-day review period in accordance with the requirements of the MCEA process.

The CMP is available online in the Documents tab on the right side of this page.

Interested persons may provide written comments to our project team by July 9, 2021. All comments and concerns should be provided through the Have Your Say platform (Cycling Master Plan tab at bottom of page). Alternatively, they can be sent to Emily Cowan at Prince Edward County:

Emily Cowan
Community Programs Supervisor
The Corporation of the County of Prince Edward
T: 613.476.2148 ext. 2503 | F: 613.476.8356
ecowan@pecounty.on.ca
Mailing Address: 332 Picton Main Street, Picton, ON K0K 2T0

In addition, a request may be made to the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks for an order requiring a higher level of study requiring an individual/comprehensive EA approval before being able to proceed), or that conditions be imposed (require further studies), only on the grounds that the requested order may prevent, mitigate or remedy adverse impacts on constitutionally protected Aboriginal and treaty rights. Requests on other grounds will not be considered. Requests should include the requester contact information and full name for the ministry.

Requests should specify what kind of order is being requested (request for additional conditions or a request for an individual/comprehensive environmental assessment), how an order may prevent, mitigate or remedy those potential adverse impacts, and any information in support of the statements in the request. This will ensure that the Ministry is able to efficiently begin reviewing the request.

The request should be sent in writing or by email to:

Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks
777 Bay Street, 5th Floor
Toronto ON M7A 2J3
minister.mecp@ontario.ca

and

Director, Environmental Assessment Branch
Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks
135 St. Clair Ave. W, 1st Floor
Toronto ON, M4V 1P5
EABDirector@ontario.ca

Requests should also be sent to Emily Cowan at Prince Edward County by mail or by e-mail.

This Notice issued June 1, 2021.

Information will be collected in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. With the exception of personal information, all comments will become part of the public record.

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

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

What is the Cycling Master Plan? 

The creation of Prince Edward County’s Cycling Master Plan was approved by Council in 2019. The Plan as proposed imagines a future for Prince Edward County where trails and cycling routes are well connected, and where cycling provides a viable transportation option for residents and visitors alike. The Cycling Master Plan aims to identify ways to better connect the County’s existing trails with key destinations in the community and develop several policies and programs to support and encourage cycling. 

How can I participate? 

There are many ways to participateJoin the conversation here by registering on this site and engaging with our online tools throughout the projectTake our online survey. And/or attend one of our public meetings.  We look forward to hearing what you have to say! 

When will the project be completed? 

The Cycling Master Plan will be completed by the end of 2020. 

What parts of the municipality will the project look at? 

The Cycling Master Plan is a plan for all of Prince Edward County.  The goal of this project is to expand Prince Edward County’s cycling network to all corners of the Countyproviding safe and accessible options for cycling in both the rural and urban areas all across the municipality. 

Who is this project for? 

Prince Edward County’s Cycling Master Plan is a project for everyone.  By coming together to create a bicycle-friendly future for Prince Edward Countywe are working to provide options for healthy, active living and more ways for people to move so they don't have to drive.  This benefits everyone in our communities by helping to reduce trafficsave money, improve local air quality, support local economies and makes travel easier and safer for those who can’t drive, especially children. 

What can cycling do for Prince Edward County? 

By developing a bicycle friendly Countywe are working toward providing more transportation options to Prince Edward County residents and creating important facilities for recreation and exerciseCycling supports active lifestyles, improves physical and mental healthprotects our environment and is fun!  Building bicycle friendly neighbourhoods that encourage more people to use bicycles may also contribute to our community’s prosperity by reducing traffic congestion, reducing transportation and health costscontributing to vibrant neighbourhoods and encouraging spending at nearby local businesses. As our County’s population continues to growespecially in our urban areas, cycling can provide a quick, reliable alternative to drivinghelping to reduce traffic and improve community cohesion within the County. 

How is the Cycling Master Plan funded?

80% of the funding for the project is from the Province through a grant called the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program, and the remaining 20% is provided through the County's budget.

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    Why is highway 49, a major route, not included as part of the cycle improvement map

    Phil cory asked 3 months ago

    Hwy 49 is included as a short term recommendation of the proposed cycling network.

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    Loyalist Pkwy is a favourite route for individual cyclists and cycling clubs alike. Having paved shoulders on both sides of this route would be beneficial as there are areas where it can be considered suicidal with the speed motorists travel and the lack of any paved shoulder. Taking off-road bike paths are fine for hybrid type bikes but are not conducive to road bikes with thinner tires. Please consider this request for improving cycling viability on Loyalist Pkwy in both directions.

    Nick Mongillo asked 10 months ago

    Thank you for your comments. The Cycling Master Plan recommends paved shoulders on Loyalist Parkway, which is also part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail.

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    I'm excited by a Cycling master plan and live on Loyalist Parkway between Bloomfield and Sandy Hook. The road bend on Main Street as it turns back to Loyalist just East of Bloomfield has a 150 metre stretch which is blind for drivers and does not have paved space for cyclists - it seems to be a dangerous little stretch. Signs which remind drivers the county is a wonderful Cycling destination would keep drivers (full time residents and tourists alike) reminded to drive cautiously. I am in full support of investment in a bike friendly County!

    Joshua LINDE asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback. We will review this area as part of our network development.

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    I just looked at your map. The Touring routes (blue) suggest you are not considering dedicated bike lanes on county roads 10, 11, 12, and 18. This, in my opinion, is an oversight. Dedicated bike lanes on each of these roads would help make PEC an international destination for biking.

    Graham Churchill asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback. We will review these routes as part of our network development.

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    Prince Edward County has so much potential as a tourist destination, but it currently falls short. It has great beaches, wineries, cute towns, and some good restaurants. Cycling is one of those areas that could be dramatically improved. The roads (mostly with gravel shoulders) are simply unsafe for bikes and the roads that are suitable are typically gravel roads that are hard on bike tires and which increase accidents. My wish is that there was a seamless bicycling path that went around both East Lake and West Lake that joined them together both to one another and the Sandbanks. A set of bike paths like that could make PEC an international biking destination.

    Graham Churchill asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback. We will review this opportunity as part of network development.

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    Is it possible to put more cycling lanes in the County?

    Lenna asked about 1 year ago

    The Cycling Master Plan will be a long-term infrastructure vision with an implementation plan that prioritizes improvements in key locations.

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    I love the idea of a master cycling plan. It cannot come soon enough. I would definitely bike a lot more if there were better trails to do so. With all the traffic lately, I am afraid to ride my bike on the roads around the County. Biking is a great way to exercise for both young and old alike. Please make this a reality soon.

    Sandra Ehrenreich asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your feedback.

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    Is it possible to have trails wide enough to pass safely. Wild parsnip is growing out on trails and causing a problem with trying not to touch it.

    Ann Lafave asked about 1 year ago

    Yes, the minimum recommended width of for a multi-use trail depends on the number and mix of users, but is typically 3.0m in Ontario. A trail maintenance policy will also be reviewed.

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    Will the CMP address cycling as source of low-impact tourism?

    Gary Mooney asked about 1 year ago

    Cycling tourism will be considered as part of the study. The County currently has a Tourism Master Plan underway that will also review cycling opportunities. 

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    Have you checked with other places that have large trails . Such as Duniden Florida,along the canal below Lake Ontario...just thinking !

    James Ward asked about 1 year ago

    Thank you for your suggestion. Yes, we have completed other similar studies in nearby places like Kingston and Quinte West, as well as larger municipalities such as Ottawa. We will consider expansion and improvement of the Millennium trail as part of this study.