News and Developments
Check here regularly for updates on AT events and news in Thunder Bay!
July 20, 2010
Bike and Pedestrian Counts Continue
The Ontario Stewardship Rangers returned to conduct counts on bike and pedestrian traffic on Thunder Bay streets and trails. This is the second year this data has been collected by the Rangers, and this information is of special interest because many of the counts were conducted on streets which have recently been painted with bike lanes. The counts will tell us if bicycle traffic on these streets has increased as a result of the bike lanes. The Rangers worked cheerfully through the worst of Thunder Bay weather, fielded the questions of passersby, and conducted counts at some of the busiest of intersections in the City.
July 6, 2010
Thunder Bay’s South Side Gets Bike Lanes
Thunder Bay’s network of bike lanes has expanded to include Walsh Street and Syndicate Avenue. These lanes are the first to be painted in the City’s south side. The new lanes give cyclists a quiet and safe alternative to cycling on Arthur Street, and provide an opportunity for South Side residents to familiarize themselves with bike lanes.
Thunder Bay’s First Shared Lanes are Painted
John Street and Fassina Street received shared lanes, identified by a chevron (directional arrow) symbol followed by a bike symbol. These lanes are not only the first shared lanes in Thunder Bay, but also among the first in Canada! Unlike dedicated bike lanes, shared lanes do not separate cyclists from the vehicle lane. Instead, shared lanes remind drivers to share the road with cyclists while identifying the best line of travel on the road for cyclists.
June 6, 2010
City Council Receives Giant Thank-You Card
On May 29 at the I Heart Bike Lanes celebration, about 200 city residents expressed their gratitude to City Council for supporting bike lanes in Thunder Bay by signing a giant thank-you card. On June 6, Active Transportation Coordinator Adam Krupper presented this thank you card to City Council. This card is a great reminder that Thunder Bay’s residents and City Council members alike are happy to welcome bike lanes into the city.
The Active Transportation Educational Campaign is Launched!
Active Transportation-themed educational material has been (and will be) popping up all over Thunder Bay. Look for the latest updates on shared lanes, bike lanes and Active Transportation events in the newspaper, on the radio, on television and on the internet. Look for a pamphlet and FAQ page telling you all about the new shared lanes and bike lanes at libraries, local businesses, Ministry of Transportation offices and educational institutions. Active Transportation will also be seen advertised on billboards and on city buses.
Active Transportation Thunder Bay Joins Facebook
ctive Transportation can now be found on Facebook! Facebook is a great way for us to quickly communicate the latest updates and events and share pictures, news and photographs with a large number of people. Facebook also gives those interested people an opportunity to share their comments, concerns and suggestions. Check out the Active Transportation page at www.facebook.com/atthunderbay .
May 29, 2010
I Heart Bike Lanes Event
Thunder Bay’s first bike lanes were kicked off in style with an all-day street fair. Under sunny skies, about 500 people enjoyed a festive atmosphere on Bay Street, which had been closed to vehicle traffic to accommodate the street fair. A Capoeira (Brazilian martial art) demonstration was held, and visitors of all ages grooved to the tunes of local DJ’s and musicians while enjoying local refreshments. Dozens of area vendors lined the streets with displays of their products, from bedding out plants to jewelry to clothing to children’s entertainment. Local bike shops were on hand to offer advice and show off shiny new bicycles. Even Thunder Bay Transit was there, with a bus sporting a bike rack. At noon, nearly 100 cyclists flooded the brand new Court Street bike lane for the biggest mass ride in Thunder Bay history, their bikes decked out in noisemakers and colourful signs.
May 27, 2010
Media Launch for the Court Street Bike Lane
Mayor Lynn Peterson donned a helmet and jumped on a bicycle to launch the official opening of Thunder Bay’s first bike lane. The Mayor rode down the Court Street bike lane, passing through a ceremonial ribbon as she rode. Local media was on hand at the event, held where Gibson Street meets Court Street, to capture the moment on camera and to take in speeches by Mayor Lynn Peterson, Engineering Division Manager Pat Mauro, Active Transportation Coordinator Adam Krupper, and Thunder Bay Cycling Club Director Pam Dawes. As Pam Dawes said, “Our city is one step closer toward becoming a bicycle friendly community”. “Our new bike lanes will contribute to the quality of life for the community and improve the health of residents,” said Mayor Lynn Peterson. “We know that Thunder Bay has a strong and growing community of cyclists. If the popularity of the bike racks on transit buses is any indication, people in Thunder Bay want to use bikes to get around.”
May 1 and 15, 2010
Dozens of 8 to 12 year olds got to hone their cycling skills at two bike rodeos, held during the month of May at the Delany and Grandview Gardens Arenas. Local bike shops offered free tune ups and pre-ride checks and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit was on hand to help the participants with helmet fitting. Once their helmets where properly fitted and their bicycles were running smoothly, the kids hopped on their bikes to ride through an obstacle course which helped them to learn the Highway Traffic Act rules of the road and to strengthen their riding skills.
May 12, 2010
Court Street Bike Lanes are Painted
Months of planning was put into action when City road crews began painting the bike lanes on Court Street. The bike lanes are identified by a bike symbol above a white diamond symbol. The painting of these lanes is the first of many: Walsh Street, and Syndicate Avenue will also receive dedicated bike lanes, and John and Fassina Street will receive shared lanes. Welcome, bike lanes!
February 1, 2010
New Thunder Bay Experience Guide Released
Features a brand new, up-to-date Thunder Bay Active Transportation Map. To download a copy of the map, click here. One of the most requested items by cyclists and walkers in Thunder Bay is an updated trail map. Active Transportation Coordinator Adam Krupper saw an opportunity with the Thunder Bay Experience Guide. Thunder Bay Experience Editor RoseMarie Mancuso loved the idea and offered a two-page spread. Working with Thunder Bay Recreational Trails, Lakehead Regional Conservation Authority, City of Thunder Bay Engineering, Tourism, and Parks, Krupper was able to secure the GIS data, funds, and design expertise to develop the map.
The map features all of Thunder Bay’s paved multiuse trails, as well as the new Bike Lanes and Sharrows, which will be implemented in June 2010. Also unique is that this map indicates where the mountain bike trails can be found in Thunder Bay. The map also includes major destinations and where to find the local bike shops. The Thunder Bay Experience Guide has a circulation of approximately 120,000 and is free of charge. It is an excellent guide to every type of recreational and sight seeing destination in the Thunder Bay area.
Page last updated on Thursday, July 29, 2010