Regional Chair Alan Caslin and Thorold Mayor Ted Luciani today officially opened multi-use pathways along Decew Road and Merrittville Highway, providing a new, safer path for cyclists and pedestrians and an alternative to driving.
The pathways, which total about 2 kilometres in length, extend from the corner of Sir Isaac Brock Way/Merrittville Hwy to the Decew Road/Richmond Street intersection. The City of Thorold is responsible for maintaining the pathways.
Merrittville Hwy pathway (from Sir Isaac Brock Way to Decew Road):
Decew Road pathway (from Merrittville Hwy to Richmond St.):
Brock District Plan
The new multi-use pathways help to achieve a larger plan to improve the area surrounding Brock University and Niagara Regional headquarters. Covering 335 hectares, the Brock District plan is a pro-active land use and development strategy intended to support the Region’s focus on growth and economic prosperity. It sets out the framework for the planning, design and development of a complete community focusing on higher education as a catalyst for economic prosperity. The plan takes into account recent initiatives undertaken by the City of Thorold through their Brock Business Park Secondary Plan, the new Brock University Campus Master Plan, and recommends the campus master plan for Regional headquarters that will see its grounds transformed into gathering places that can accommodate a variety of activities.
The Brock District Plan encompasses part of St. Catharines and Thorold, including Brock University, providing opportunities for all parties to work collaboratively. Approximately 5,000 people work in the area with another 3,500 students living in the Brock District. The Brock District is located within the Niagara Escarpment UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, which includes a section of the Bruce Trail that extends from Niagara to Tobermory. The district also includes the Glenridge Quarry Naturalization Site.
"Niagara Regional Council is committed to building healthy, safe and vibrant communities. The multi-use pathways along Merrittville Hwy and Decew Road are important new assets that enhance the quality of life for families and students by providing access to safe and accessible active transportation. Making the community more liveable and connected is a key feature of the Brock District plan. This exciting plan brings multiple stakeholders together to develop our community by building on existing assets and strengths and making the area more enjoyable for all."
~ Alan Caslin, Regional Chair
"On behalf of Thorold Council, I am thrilled to share in celebrating the opening of the multi-use pathways and a new safe and convenient route for cyclists and pedestrians travelling to work, school, shops or home. This project represents a significant investment in the future of our city, in our transportation network, and in the liveability of our community. These new pathways quite literally pave the way for increased connectivity within Thorold. We look forward to contributing further to help realize the vision of the Brock District Plan and its goal of creating a vibrant and exciting hub where people will live, work, study and play."
~ Ted Luciani, Mayor of Thorold
"Our government will continue to invest in cycling infrastructure — it’s one of the greenest forms of transportation that helps us in our fight against climate change. Building new bike pathways offers a safer connection for cyclists that goes a long way to providing a better and safer cycling experience and encourages more residents and commuters to choose biking as a viable transportation option in our province."
~ Steven Del Duca, Minister of Transportation
"This is great news for Niagara Region municipalities. These new pathways will help keep our cyclists safe and encourage more people to ride a bike. Cycling is good for our environment and our health."
~ Jim Bradley, MPP for St. Catharines
"This project was driven by the Brock University Students’ Union and it was all about student safety. Many of our students live off campus in Thorold and use the Decew Road and Merrittville Hwy corridor to walk or cycle to Brock. This will make it much safer for them to get back and forth to the University on a wide, well-lit pathway that’s good for many modes of transportation."
~ Brian Hutchings, Vice-President, Administration, Brock University
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