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Bay St. Active Living Corridor

City Council recently approves the new Bay Street Active Living Corridor located along Bay Street from High Street to Marlborough Street. Changes along Bay Street will begin on August 29. The Bay/Windsor Active Living Corridor is designed to be a safe and accessible pedestrian corridor.

Bay Active Living Corridor

Why an Active Living Corridor?

  • Optimize a roadway for pedestrians and cyclists
  • Keep traffic volumes and speeds low by discouraging cut-through traffic, while maintaining local access
  • Improve pedestrian safety by re-orienting stop signs to give priority to pedestrians using Bay St.
  • Optimize bicycle travel by limiting the number of stops

Purpose

To establish an east-west corridor that prioritizes pedestrians and cyclists by providing a convenient, safe, and comfortable environment with links to destinations for work, life, and play.

Goals

  • Enhance pedestrian safety and comfort
  • Reduce barriers to activity
  • Improve flow of bicycle and pedestrian traffic
  • Increase number of people commuting actively

Elements of Implementation

Elements of Bay Active Living Corridor

  • Element 1: Improve safety of pedestrians on Windsor Street
    Action: Construct sidewalks on Windsor St. from Clarkson Ave. to Algonquin Ave.
    Progress: Sidewalks constructed in 2009
  • Element 2: Improve safety of pedestrians on Windsor Street
    Action:
    • Construct sidewalks on Windsor St. from Algonquin Ave. to Rockwood Ave.
    • Re-orient stop signs to prioritize pedestrians and improve the movement of cyclists
    Progress: Sidewalk construction planned for 2015
  • Element 3: Improve accessibility for pedestrians at Carrick Park
    Action: Construct multi-use trail connecting Hodge St. to Marlborough St.
    Progress: Construction planned for 2015
  • Element 4: Improve safety of pedestrians on Bay Street
    Action:
    • Construct sidewalks on Bay St. from Marlborough St. to High St.
    • Re-orient stop signs to prioritize pedestrians and improve the movement of cyclists
    Progress:
    • Stop sign re-orientation proposed for 2013
    • Sidewalk construction planned for 2016+
  • Element 5: Improve accessibility for pedestrians and cyclists at Hillcrest Park
    Action: Construct a switchback multi-use trail that ascends Hillcrest Park from Cornwall Ave.
    Progress: Construction planned for 2015+

2013 Implementation: Bay Street Active Living Corridor

The City of Thunder Bay is proposing creating 1 new 3-way stop, 2 new 4-way stops, and re-orienting stop signs along Bay Street to improve pedestrian safety. The image below outlines the proposed changes for 2013.

Implementation of Bay Street Active Living Corridor