Fitzroy Street Bike Lane Project

Community Drop-In Session Scheduled for the Fitzroy Street Bike Lane Project
Posted on 12/21/2018
A Community Drop-In Session for the Fitzroy Street Bike Lane Project will be held on January 10, 2019 from 7-9pm in the Provinces Room at the Rodd Charlottetown (75 Kent St.). It is an opportunity to learn what the project involves, how it will benefit Charlottetown, and to share input that will inform the design and implementation of this exciting initiative.

The project proposes the creation of a 2-way bike lane on Fitzroy Street, connecting the Confederation Trail to the Victoria Park Bike Lane. The bike lane will be located on the south-side of Fitzroy Street, and will be separated from traffic by barriers that can be removed for the winter months. The project will also result in improvements to enable a street that is safe, convenient and comfortable for all road users.

This project is funded 50 per cent by the Province of PEI through the Municipal Strategic Component of the Gas Tax Funds.

At the Community Drop-In Session, participants can expect to view ideas for the Fitzroy Street Bike Lane design and will be invited to give their feedback on the proposals. There will be an opportunity to explore changes to parking and how to accommodate residents and businesses on the street. Participants can also share other ideas they have for creating a street that is safe for all users. Feedback will be integrated into the final design that will be presented to Council and the public in February 2019. Final designs will be considered for inclusion in the 2019-2020 capital budget. CBCL and UPLAND have won the contract to provide the engineering design services, intersection reconfiguration and cost-estimates. They will also lead this Community Drop-In Session.

The Fitzroy Street Bike Lane was originally recommended in the Regional Active Transportation Plan, created by IBI Group and Stantec as a joint project of the City of Charlottetown, The Town of Stratford, the Town of Cornwall and the PEI Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. This report can be accessed here: https://www.charlottetown.ca/UserFiles/Servers/Server_10500298/Image/Environment%20and%20Sustainability/Sustainability/Programs%20and%20Initiatives/Cycling%20in%20Charlottetown/RATP.pdf

Expanding cycling infrastructure has been a major theme in a number of City consultation sessions; it not only was identified as a need in the RATP, but was a key concern in the development of the 2017 Integrated Community Sustainability Plan and a theme of the City’s Community Energy Plan development. In the summer of 2018, the City held three “let’s talk cycling” pop-ups to engage the public in cycling safety and gather feedback on necessary improvements. Dedicated cycling infrastructure has been a regular topic.

A further analysis to determine a cross-town cycling route, a recommendation to proceed with Fitzroy Street and the initial conceptual design for the Fitzroy Street Bike Lane was developed in the spring of 2018 by CBCL. This report can be accessed here: https://www.charlottetown.ca/UserFiles/Servers/Server_10500298/Image/Environment%20and%20Sustainability/Sustainability/Programs%20and%20Initiatives/Cycling%20in%20Charlottetown/Ch'town%20AT%20Connectivity%20-%20FINAL%20REPORT.pdf

CBCL will be the lead on the project and have hired sub-consultants UPLAND to support the project development.

UPLAND Planning + Design Studio provides award-winning strategic planning and design services to public and private sector clients throughout Atlantic Canada. Relevant to this project, UPLAND has extensive experience in facilitating meaningful and productive public consultation sessions. Upland is committed to delivering tangible planning and design solutions that are rooted in a “sense of place”. At their core, they firmly believe these solutions must be rooted in local expertise and support, and in the creative application of innovative planning and landscape architecture principles. CBCL has worked with UPLAND on numerous successful projects. Since its inception, UPLAND has worked on over 80 planning and urban design projects in Atlantic Canada.