London is now in Step 3 of the Provincial Roadmap to Reopen. In alignment with Step 3, the City of London has expanded additional in-person City services in accordance with the new regulations.
The City is building three cycling projects that will improve connections through and into the core area.
The Dundas Cycle Track, the Colborne Cycle Track extension, and the Dundas-Thames Valley Parkway (TVP) connection represent 2.6 kilometres of new cycling infrastructure, and an $8-million municipal investment in the City’s active transportation network in 2020/2021.
Construction in 2020 and 2021 includes:
creating a separated eastbound bike lane on Riverside Drive from Wilson Avenue across the Kensington Bridge to Dundas Street
The Dundas Street TVP Connection is designed to improve the link for pedestrians and cyclists between the Thames Valley Parkway (TVP) and Downtown. Having an improved cycling connection will make it easier to reach existing transit routes, as well as planned rapid transit stops for this area.
A new separated two-way bike lane will be constructed on the south side of Riverside Drive between Wilson Avenue and the west end of Kensington Bridge.
This project is being completed in phases.
Phase 1 of construction began in August 2020, and a new separated bike lane was completed in the fall on Riverside Drive west of the Kensington Bridge. Crews also completed installing the new traffic signals and a pedestrian crossing on Riverside Drive at Wilson Avenue near Labatt Park.
Phase 2 of the Dundas-TVP Connection will begin in 2021. The protected bike lane will be extended across the Kensington Bridge into the downtown to connect to the Thames Valley Parkway and Dundas Place.
The existing Colborne Street cycle track between Horton Street and Dufferin Avenue is being extended north to Oxford Street East.
Separated bike lanes on Colborne between Dufferin Avenue and Oxford Street East will be constructed and include:
A significant portion of preparation work was completed this fall for the Colborne project, including relocating utilities and upgrades to the traffic signal systems at intersections.
Installation of the actual separated bike lanes, which will consist of concrete curbs and green markers, along with road repaving work is being deferred to the spring of 2021 when crews will have more favourable weather for road construction.
The Dundas Cycle Track will connect Downtown with Old East Village by creating a permanent, separated east-west cycling route on Dundas Street between Wellington Street and Adelaide Street North. The west end of the project will connect into Dundas Place and the east end of the project will connect into new separated bike lanes being built along Dundas between Adelaide and Ontario Streets as part of infrastructure renewal work in the Old East Village.
Separated bike lanes will be constructed:
A portion of the bike lane continuing into Old East Village will also be completed this year between Ontario and English Street, and will be completed in 2021.
Traffic signals and street lights will be modified at all intersections on Dundas within the project.
A protected intersection will be created for cyclists at Dundas Street and Colborne Street.
Construction of the Dundas Cycle Track began in August 2020, and completed for the year in December. Some minor work remains, and finishing touches like adding green paint to the bike lane’s road surface and adding landscaping to planters will be completed in the spring of 2021.