Wed, 16 Jun 2021
Fittingly during Bike Month, Oakville’s first fully protected bike lanes are set to open making it easier, safer, and more enjoyable to bike along this major connector road. Phase One (Third Line to Fourth Line) of the Speers Road reconstruction project is nearly complete and the protected bike lanes will be open for use in the summer of 2021.
The bike lanes run one-way on both sides of this section of Speers Road, separated from traffic by concrete curbs and painted buffers. The design aligns with the town’s Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP).
“Launching Oakville’s first on-road protected bike lanes is a great stride forward in building a cyclist-friendly and pedestrian-friendly environment,” said Mayor Rob Burton. “It’s part of our commitment to Oakville’s Active Transportation Master Plan and the Community Energy Plan to make active transportation a viable and convenient option for getting around town. It’s one more way we’re making a more livable Oakville.”
The bike lanes feature a unique shared transit stop that doesn’t require buses to pull into the bike lane when picking up or offloading passengers. Buses stop in the roadway adjacent to the raised green transit platform. When a bus arrives, cyclists stop behind the white “shark’s teeth” line and yield to passengers boarding and exiting the bus.
More information and a how-to video is available on our Speers Road Bike Lane page.
To accommodate all active transportation users, this section of Speers Road has improvements for pedestrians as well, including:
Phase Two (Fourth Line to Dorval Drive) of Speers Road reconstruction, including extended protected bike lanes, will begin in 2022.
For more information on cycling and walking in Oakville, visit our Cycle, Walk Oakville page.