Projects - City of St. John’s Cycling Master Plan
Location: St. John’s
Funding Amount: $1,569,276
Current Status: In progress
Estimate GHG reduction Potential: 1900 tonnes of GHG (CO2 equivalents).
The City of St. John’s Cycling Master Plan represents a tremendous opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, to reduce other air pollutants, to encourage a more healthy lifestyle and to make St. John’s a more sustainable city. It also outlines a long-term strategy to attain the city’s vision of a sustainable, multi-modal transportation system that will provide its residents with healthier choices, cleaner air, and an overall better quality of life. Phase One of the project will consist of 43 kilometres of on-road painted bike lanes, installation of signs on an additional 73 kilometres of roadway to designate roads without painted bike lanes as bike routes, the installation of 20 bicycle parking facilities throughout the city, and the installation of bike racks on the fleet of 53 Metrobuses. The total project costs of all phases of the project are estimated at approximately $7 million. The remaining costs are associated with maintenance and the paving of shoulders and pathways to make them more accessible to cyclists and will be incurred by the city as infrastructure is renewed and built over the next 20 years. In addition, there will be a promotion and information campaign aimed at cyclists and motorists alike to familiarize people with the principles of cycling safety. It is estimated that the switch to bicycle transportation that will result from the implementation of a bicycle network in St. John’s would reduce greenhouse gases by approximately 1,900 tonnes of carbon dioxide annually, which compares to removing approximately 400 cars from the road per year.