Cycling Plans & Projects
Cycling is becoming increasingly popular, both as a recreational activity and as an environmentally-friendly mode of transportation. The City of Saskatoon recognizes that cycling is important to many residents and is working towards making Saskatoon a bicycle-friendly city.
Planning and Priorities
Active Transportation Plan
As part of the Growth Plan to Half a Million, the City of Saskatoon has developed an Active Transportation Plan – a first for our community!
Through the Active Transportation Plan (AT Plan), residents will have improved options for moving around our city, whether it’s by walking, biking, skateboarding or other forms of active transportation. The AT Plan will help shape changes in infrastructure and support programs that will encourage all of us to use active forms of transportation more often – whether for work, pleasure or day-to-day personal travels.
Click here to learn more.
Neighbourhood Bikeways Project
The City of Saskatoon is committed to promoting active transportation and providing transportation choices that are safe and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities year-round.
That’s why we’re undertaking the Neighbourhood Bikeways Project. It will help identify measures to provide more travel choices and improve safety, accessibility and connectivity. The project will include the evaluation and design of walking and cycling facility improvements for each of the following streets:
- 14th Street East, from Saskatchewan Crescent to Cumberland Avenue;
- Dudley Street, from Dawes Avenue to Spadina Crescent;
- Victoria Avenue, from 8th Street East to Taylor Street East;
- 3rd Avenue, from 25th Street East to 2nd Avenue North; and
- 29th Street West (or 31st Street West) from Circle Drive to Idylwyld Drive.
These streets have been selected for review because they provide important connections to existing or future walking and cycling facilities or were identified in the Active Transportation Plan (AT Plan). The AT Plan proposed a long term bicycle network for Saskatoon based on road classification, neighbourhood context and existing conditions.
For more information on the project and to provide your input on the project, please visit our Engage Page.
Downtown Active Transportation (AT) Network Plan
The City of Saskatoon is exploring potential policies and programs that focus on developing a city-wide active transportation network that is safe, comfortable and attractive for people of all ages and abilities. Given its unique users and functions, the Downtown requires focused consideration for the development of its active transportation network.
When the Downtown Protected Bike Lane Demonstration (23rd Street and 4th Avenue) wrapped up in November 2017, City Council directed the Administration to report back on what a complete and connected downtown all ages and abilities (AAA) cycling network would look like in Saskatoon.
The Downtown Active Transportation Network Plan will:
- Take into consideration how AT facilities connect to Saskatoon’s wider network;
- Determine how to integrate with other key Downtown projects such as the Bus Rapid Transit; and
- Consider the impacts to all users in the Downtown to ensure that the most appropriate streets host AT facilities.
Planning for the Downtown AT Network is underway.
Project Update - January 30, 2018
Thank you to those who were able to attend the Downtown All Ages and Abilities Cycling Network Stakeholder Events on January 30, 2018. Click here to view the materials presented. Comments or questions can be sent to the project team by emailing email@example.com.
Project Update - June 20, 2018
A number of reports, including the recommended network plan for the Downtown All Ages and Abilities Cycling Network, were presented to City Council for information at a Special Governance and Priorities Committee on June 20, 2018. The Committee requested the Administration report back on a number of items outlined in the Agenda Minutes. A copy of the report can be found here.
The Administration will report back later in 2018.
Project Update - October 15, 2018
Project Update - November 2018
Project Update - January 2019
The Administration is currently compiling the results of the engagement events from November as well as finalizing the technical report for the Downtown All Ages and Abilities Cycling Network Study.
Project Update - April 2019
Following more than three years of technical work and public engagement, City Council received reports with recommendations on possible routes for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and the Downtown Active Transportation (AT) Network.
At their meeting on April 29, 2019, City Council resolved:
- That the existing protected bike lanes on 4th Avenue be removed by June 30, 2019;
- That Option 1 (3rd Avenue, 23rd Street and 19th Street) be endorsed as the future active transportation network in the Downtown, but that implementation decisions (including capital or detailed design expenses) be deferred until the administration has completed engagement based on the following criteria:
- That the active transportation network be designed for all users, including pedestrians, cyclists, and those with accessibility needs.
- That design and configuration options for the network should be drawn from collaborative engagement with all affected stakeholders (including Downtown Saskatoon), and that these options be focused on enhancing the public realm for all users.
- That engagement include outstanding concerns, including parking, design standards, streetscaping and construction.
- In 2021 after engagement, that Administration report back with opportunities to reduce costs by completing active transportation work in conjunction with future streetscaping improvements; and,
- That the report and resolution be forwarded to the Saskatoon Environmental Advisory Committee for information.
The full report and attachments can be found here.
Education & Awareness Campaign
19th Street Corridor Review
The Active Transportation Plan identified both 19th Street and 20th Street as priorities for expansion of the bicycle network. City Council asked the Administration for an evaluation of All Ages and Abilities (AAA) cycling facilities on either 19th Street or 20th Street between Idylwyld Drive and Avenue H.
What has been done so far?
- An evaluation of cycling facilities on either 19th Street or 20th Street was conducted in 2017.
- Traffic Analysis of 19th Street indicated that reducing the travel lanes on 19th Street from four lanes to two lanes can adequately accommodate the traffic demands, while having a positive impact on safety by narrowing the roadway and lowering motor vehicle speeds, while also decreasing the distance for pedestrians to cross.
- Meetings with stakeholders took place during the review process.
- A public open house was held June 20, 2017 at the Saskatoon Farmer's Market. Presentation materials can be found here.
The evaluation recommends a AAA cycling facility be installed on 19th Street. Reducing the number of lanes provides traffic calming, adds on-street parking, and allows for the addition of a dedicated cycling facility.
The Administration will prepare a report to City Council recommending the installation of an AAA cycling facility on 19th Street, from Avenue A to Avenue H.