Kingstonians may notice work happening on some of the city’s busiest roadways over the next few weeks as City workers begin the work to install bollards alongside bike lanes.
The bollards, which are meant to create a more evident and safe separation between cyclists and drivers, are being installed on Johnson Street, Brock Street, John Counter Boulevard, and Taylor Kidd Boulevard beginning this week. To begin the installation, City crews are currently out installing the bottom plates that will hold the bollards as a first step, according to Derek Holota, communications officer with the City of Kingston. That step will be followed by street sweeping and line painting before the bollards themselves will be attached to the base plates to complete the installation.
According to the City, bike lane bollards are used on roads with higher traffic volumes and speed. The bollards add a 0.5 metre buffer to the existing 1.5 metre-wide bike lanes. They are being installed in the spring and will be taken down in the fall before the snow flies.
“Bike lane bollards make cycling a safer and more comfortable experience. They are just one of the ways we are working to promote active transportation and make Kingston more bike-friendly,” said Ian Semple, director of transportation services for the City of Kingston.
After the line painting for the bike lanes is complete, the bollards will begin to go up on the follow stretches of local roads:
- Johnson Street from Sir John A. Macdonald Boulevard to Division Street
- Brock Street Sir John A. Macdonald Avenue to Division Street
- John Counter Boulevard from Sir John A Macdonald Boulevard to Division Street
- Taylor Kidd Boulevard from Princess Street to the RioCan Centre entrance
According to Semple, the approximate capital cost of the bike lanes being upgraded this year is $33,000 with the work to support their installation completed as part of the City’s existing road maintenance programs.
For more information on the City’s cycling infrastructure go to http://www.cityofkingston.ca/cycling.