The City of London has evaluated options for a new east-west bikeway through the Downtown and Old East Village neighbourhoods.
As part of that evaluation, staff explored benefits and impacts of separated bikeway facilities on several potential routes, consulting with Londoners along the way. During the summer and fall of 2018, dozens of people attended community meetings held at Aeolian Hall and H.B. Beal Secondary School.
On Jan. 16, 2019, City staff presented findings from that study and a preferred route to London’s Cycling Advisory Committee. This recommended bikeway will be proposed to London’s Civic Works Committee in February
The proposal – which includes a couplet with two one-way routes between William and Ontario streets – aims to balance needs through the Old East Village on Dundas St. These include cycling infrastructure, vehicle lanes, street parking, transit and large sidewalks with space for businesses to put out patios and merchandise displays.
Route Proposal (as shown above):
Shared space on Dundas Place flex street (between Ridout St. and Wellington Rd.)
Separated lanes eastbound & westbound on Dundas St. between Wellington Rd. and William St.
Route splits into two one-way lanes between William and Ontario streets, to retain a larger pedestrian sidewalk as space is constrained on Dundas St. This creates a “couplet” with the following route:
- Separated eastbound lane on Dundas St., between William and Ontario streets
- Separated westbound lane on Queens Ave., between Ontario and William streets
- Separated northbound & southbound lanes on William St., between Queens Ave. & Dundas St.
- Cycling facility on Ontario St., between Dundas St. and Queens Ave.
The East-West Bikeway Evaluation is being coordinated with the Old East Village Secondary Plan, which aims to establish neighbourhood land use and design standards meant to create a safe and welcoming environment for all.
February 20, 2019: Staff to present recommended route to Civic Works Committee