City invests in new option for active transportation
The City of Regina is investing approximately $1.8 million in the Park Street Rehabilitation & Bike Lane project which includes installation of the City’s first bi-directional bike lane on Park Street. This will be the first of its kind in Regina, utilizing a parking lane to separate bike riders from traffic.
The project will reconfigure the use of driving and parking lanes heading northbound on Park Street between Douglas Avenue and 17th Avenue East. Currently, there are two driving lanes and a parking lane in either direction. Once complete, there will be one driving lane, one parking lane and one bi-directional bike lane going northbound. The southbound side will remain the same.
“This project is exciting for our community, providing an innovative way to travel by bike that Regina has never seen,” said Mayor Michael Fougere. “It will improve the travel experience whether residents are walking, biking or driving, while also providing an opportunity to carry out significant infrastructure improvements through strong planning and coordination.”
The City of Regina invests in bike lanes to promote safe, active transportation and a healthier community. Regina currently has about 52 kilometres of cycling infrastructure, split between on-street bike lanes and multi-use pathways. Biking projects planned in 2020 will add another four kilometres of bike infrastructure in the community.
The project combines both road construction and the installation of the new bike lane to reduce the impact to residents and coordinate the work over one construction season.
The rehabilitation portion of this project, which is currently underway, will extend the lifecycle of our underground infrastructure in addition to improving the road surface and sidewalk conditions from Douglas Avenue to Broadway Avenue.
This project will also include resurfacing of 17th Avenue East to create a smooth ride to connect to the existing Arcola Avenue multi-use pathway.
Residents of the area have been invited to an information session to better understand how the infrastructure will work and the impacts to those with properties immediately adjacent to the new bike lane. Detailed drawings and information are posted publicly at Regina.ca/cycling.
Construction is expected to be complete by the end of September.
The health and safety of our employees, crews and community are top priority for the City of Regina. We are working closely with contractors and crews to ensure pandemic protocols are in place so work can be carried out in a safe and timely fashion.
The City is investing $79.5 million for transportation, water, wastewater and drainage projects this year, providing an important boost to the economy and helping to create jobs as our community deals with the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit Regina.ca/construction for information about the City’s construction projects planned for 2020.