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Downtown King Street Improvements


The City of London has modified King Street, from Ridout Street to Colborne Street, to include a new protected bike lane, along the existing south-side curb. This temporary infrastructure improvement was designed to enhance the safety of all road users with:

  • A dedicated eastbound bike lane and buffer with barriers, to minimize potential conflicts between road users.
  • Two vehicle-travel lanes to help maintain flow and connectivity in our core, especially while construction work is underway on parallel streets.
  • Some on-street parking on the south side of King Street, which will also act as a barrier between cyclists and all other moving traffic.
  • New transit islands, reducing congestion on sidewalks.

Download the new King Street map to learn how it works and best navigate where you need to go.

king street transit island with bus

 

 

How it Works:

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  • Parking lots

    There are more than 200 spots available in nearby municipal lots in addition to privately-owned lots along King Street. Use the Honk Mobile code available on all Pay & Display machines downtown to pay and top up your parking while downtown.

  • Separated Bike Lanes

    A separated bike lane is a portion of a roadway that is designated for cyclists. On King Street, the bike lane is separated with concrete barriers, flexible bollards, green paint and signage. Motor vehicles are not permitted to enter the bicycle lane unless there is a dashed line.

  • Passenger Pick Up / Drop Off & Deliveries

    Designated loading zones have been identified on King Street and surrounding areas. Please keep these designated spaces clear – it’s vital that our business community can access these for deliveries.

  • LTC Bus Stops

    Transit islands have been added along the south side of King Street to create a safe waiting area for transit users. Look for the blue signs to find your stop.

  • Pedestrian Crossovers

    Pedestrian crossovers are located at each transit island and bus stop by “ladder-like” pavement markings equipped with stop-for-pedestrian signs. Check for cyclists before crossing. Using a designated crossing area allows pedestrians to cross the road. Cyclists must yield to pedestrians.

  • Bike Parking

    You will find bike racks for short-terms use along King Street and at many adjacent facilities.

  • On-street Parking Spaces

    Some on-street parking spaces are available on the south side of King Street. Municipal Lots 8, 11 or 15 are a great option and include accessible parking spaces.

  • One-way Street

    King Street is a one-way street for east-bound traffic, both in the protected bike lane and in the vehicle lanes.

  • No Stopping Zones

    There are several no stopping zones on King Street, to ensure two lanes of through traffic are maintained at all times through this busy downtown corridor. Stopping in no stopping areas can result in a fine of $60.

  • LTC Layover Location

    A bus layover exists between Clarence Street and Wellington Street. This is a designated rest point for LTC buses and should not be treated as bus stop for passengers.

  • No Right Turns on Red

    Right turns on red are not permitted onto King Street from Ridout, or at intersections with two-stage left turn queue boxes (Talbot Street, Waterloo Street and Colborne Street).

  • Two-stage Left Turn Queue Boxes

    Two-stage turn left-turn queue boxes are like mini bike boxes that allow cyclists to make a left turn in two steps in a more comfortable way. Located at intersections, turn boxes will appear on the right side of the street you are travelling down. Cyclists may manoeuvre into the turn box, in front of vehicles on the cross street, and proceed through the intersection when the light turns green on the cross street.

Frequently Asked Questions:

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  • What was included in the downtown King Street redesign?

    King Street now has clearly defined areas for all modes of travel, maintaining:

    • Two lanes for vehicles
    • A one-way bike lane that is separated with a concrete buffer for eastbound cyclists.
    • Transit islands, which move transit riders off sidewalks and onto transit platforms, reducing congestion on sidewalks in front of businesses.
  • How did the City arrive at this design?
    • Working closely with the public and key stakeholders, several King Street design options were developed and reviewed by the London Transit Commission, cycling organizations and downtown businesses. This included various cycling facility, parking zone, loading zone and travel lane configurations that fit within the existing road width.
    • Minimizing impacts to local businesses and property owners was a major factor as we weighed our options and selected the preferred design.
  • What was the rationale for creating a separated bike lane on King Street?
    • Downtown King Street improvements were designed to make it safer and easier for everyone to get around downtown, by providing clearly defined areas for cyclists, motorists, pedestrians and transit riders.
    • The separated bike lane is a critical investment when it comes to keeping cyclists safe. With more buses re-routed to King Street and more congestion from construction, the City received a lot of feedback from cyclists who were concerned about safety traveling downtown. Council directed staff to find ways to make it safer for cyclists traveling on King Street.
  • Where does the separated bike lane start and end?

    The separated bike lane runs along King Street, between Ridout and Colborne streets. As per Council direction, the project area covers the expanse of road parallel to where major infrastructure upgrades are taking place on Dundas Street, from Ridout to Wellington. We continued the lane two blocks east of Wellington, to connect the separated bike lane on King Street to the one on Colborne Street.

  • How does this investment add value to our transportation network?
    • Downtown King Street improvements create a safer road environment during downtown construction and will give the City insight into how infrastructure projects can influence transportation choices, traffic flow and impact our downtown atmosphere over the next few years.
    • The King Street separated bike lane creates a valuable downtown cycling network connection from the Thames Valley Parkway to Colborne Street to Queens Avenue.  
  • Are cyclists using the new bike lane?

    In recent years, we have been hearing more and more from Londoners who want to cycle but feel intimidated on busy roads. Building infrastructure like this is what it takes to empower cyclists to get out on their bikes. The city will monitor use of the bike lane over time and seek opportunities to evaluate its success from multiple perspectives. 

  • How do you tell the difference between a bike lane and a traffic lane?

    Bike lanes will be marked with “Bike Lane” signs. Separated bike lanes are narrower than traffic lanes, typically installed along a curb. A concrete buffer with bright green bollards separates the designated bike lane from the vehicle lanes. To learn more about cycling infrastructure, visit london.ca/cycling.

  • Why were transit islands incorporated?

    The transit islands move transit riders off sidewalks and onto platforms, which reduces congestion on sidewalks in front of businesses. The transit islands allow buses to pick riders up safely without moving into the designated cycling area. This also minimizes potential conflict points by providing clearly defined areas for every mode traveling on King Street downtown.

  • How are deliveries to businesses being managed?

    The City was able to keep two large, high-priority loading zones near the Covent Garden Market and Renaissance Tower as part of the King Street design. Designated loading zones are available throughout our core area and are identified in the new Loading & Delivery Zones map to assist businesses and their suppliers.

  • Are these changes temporary?

    Yes. Current conditions will be transitional as Dundas Place construction is completed in late 2019 and downtown sewer separation projects advance. The transit islands and separated bike lane will eventually be replaced by a transit-only lane, which will run curbside along King Street.

  • What is the total cost?

    The total cost estimate is just over $500,000, but the City will be able to reuse or future cycling projects.

  • Why invest in a temporary project?

    It is common to invest in temporary detours and diversions to ensure safe and efficient movement during large scale construction projects. Safety is the City of London’s top priority during any infrastructure project, no matter how long the project’s duration. This investment will enhance the safety and comfort levels of all road users – not just cyclists – travelling on King Street while we undergo major infrastructure upgrades downtown.

    Through this short-term enhancement, we will gain learnings that will help us improve London’s cycling network over the long-term.

  • Where will cyclists ride once the King Street bike lane is removed?

    The City’s east-west bikeway evaluation recommends cyclists using Dundas Street as their primary downtown corridor moving forward.

  • What is being done to raise awareness about King Street changes?

    There is a huge education component when introducing new infrastructure in any community. Communication about Downtown King Street improvements will be ongoing during the transition period. Listed below are a few resources / initiatives already developed to assist those impacted:

    • Increased enforcement to actively monitor road users
    • Revised Downtown Parking Guide to help visitors find parking.
    • New Loading & Delivery Zones map to help people find places to load.
    • New King Street Map and radio ads to educate the general public.
    • Ongoing promotion of cycling infrastructure resources available on london.ca/cycling.
  • How will this project help our downtown?

    As per London’s Downtown Plan, the City aims to direct public transit, walking and cycling as close as possible to meeting areas, family attractions, public spaces and activity centres, which exist in our core area.