Sunday bike routes open daily next week

SEASONAL Sunday and holiday bike routes will open to cyclists and pedestrians seven days a week as part of the city’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The four city roadways typically reserved for bicycle traffic and active transportation use on Sundays and holidays throughout the summer will have limited motor vehicle traffic beginning April 6.

Lyndale Drive, between Cromwell Street and Gauvin Street; Scotia Street, between Anderson Avenue and Armstrong Avenue; Wellington Crescent, between Academy Road and Guelph Street; and Wolseley Avenue, between Raglan Road and Maryland Street will be restricted to through-traffic daily between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Signs will be posted on all approach roadways and exits to notify motorists they are entering and exiting an active transportation route and vehicle traffic

is limited to one block throughout the designated area. While traffic volumes are lowered, the city is reminding cyclists and pedestrians that roads are not closed and to use caution and follow the rules of the road.

The expanded active transportation route schedule is in effect until May 3. The public’s adherence to physical-distancing recommendations to maintain two metres of separation between individuals on these routes will be monitored by the city officials.

City-owned athletic fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, ball diamonds and skate parks will remain closed until further notice, in accordance with the provincial public health order to limit gatherings of people to no more than 10 individuals. Community centres are also being told to discourage programming on their properties.