October 18, 2007

Public invited to review the draft walking and cycling plan


Final consultation meetings provide further opportunities to comment


NEWMARKET York Regional Council today received the draft Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan and approved a final round of consultations, including two Open Houses and a project website for members of the public to review and comment on the draft plan.


The draft plan is available online.  A link to the Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan website is available on the Home Page of the York Region website: www.york.ca


Open Houses - Two final consultation sessions will be held as follows:


Tuesday, October 23rd



York Region Administrative Centre

17250 Yonge Street

Town of Newmarket


5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Seminar Room

Thursday, October 25th



McConaghy Seniors Centre

10100 Yonge Street

Town of Richmond Hill

5 p.m. to 8 p.m.



To learn more about the Pedestrian & Cycling Master Plan Study, please contact Project Coordinator Eric Gupta at (905) 830-4444, ext. 5146 or 1-877-464-9675, or by email at eric.gupta@york.ca




The draft Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan presents a continuous system of sidewalks along Regional and local roads as well as a network of cycling facilities such as bicycle lanes on roads and bicycle paths across York Region.  Both are integrated with public transit services that connect communities.


A 10-year implementation plan identifies a mix of on and off-road facilities, including:

   450 kilometres of bicycle lanes or paved shoulders

   53 kilometres of new multi-use trails

   New bicycle route signs on 130 kilometres of roads where the travel lane is shared by motorists and cyclists

   54 kilometres of new sidewalks


Other implementation highlights include:

   The integration of walking and cycling infrastructure with transit stops and stations

   Facilities and infrastructure to support and connect to public transit

   Bicycle rack installations at YRT stops

   Bicycle carriers on transit vehicles


For more information on The Regional Municipality of York and our services, please visit www.york.ca

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Media Contact:         Tim Paleczny, Corporate Communications, York Region

                                 Phone: 905 830-4444 ext. 1238, 416 297-9696 or Toll free 1-877-464-9675

                                 Cell Phone: 905 251-6413  Email: tim.paleczny@york.ca

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