Niagara Region continually reviews existing and emerging technologies that may improve safety on our roads. Considering ways to make our cycling routes safer is one area that is a raising concern by the public.
In 2021, we looked at what other Ontario municipalities were doing to provide safe and efficient protection for cyclists. We found that bicycle bollards were a primary measure used by a number of municipalities.
As a result, the Region has started a project to determine:
For the pilot program, taking into consideration issues brought forward by residents, staff identified critical locations where bicycle safety was a concern and road usage was high. The Region selected three locations for the pilot project:
The Region is installing two different bollard products to assess each product's effectiveness. If the pilot project is a success and we expand the program, we will look at which product performed best. Both products are used by municipalities in Ontario and other provinces in Canada.
At the end of the pilot, staff will assess benefits, issues and public feedback. We will use this information for future decision making.
2021 - Completed
Scanned measures used for cyclist safety in other municipalities in Ontario
2022 - Completed
Received and reviewed correspondence from residents about safer active transportation and cycling infrastructure
Installed bicycle bollards on Martindale Road in St. Catharines and Four Mile Creek Road in Niagara-on-the-Lake for a trial period (one to two months)
Consider additional pilot locations on Regional roads
Assess results of the pilot and product effectiveness
Public feedback is important to the pilot project. Anyone wishing to provide feedback is encouraged to email Niagara Region's Transportation division