Would any proposed changes to traffic on Dundas Place be permanent?
No, the proposed changes would be temporary. The proposed changes are in response to 2021 construction and providing all road users with a safe way to travel through the downtown core.
The City is committed to monitoring any potential changes and will continue to engage with Dundas Place businesses to gather input after any changes are implemented.
Dundas Place is an important connection and destination in the City’s East-West bikeway linking the Thames Valley Parkway and Old East Village for cyclists. Protected bike lanes are being constructed to the east and west of Dundas Place.
Why did the City not propose this detour last year?
The proposed traffic changes to Dundas Place are a response to the construction occurring on King Street in 2021. The City is planning for a safe route for cyclists through downtown that can connect to other nearby bike lanes. During consultation for King Street’s construction, we heard concerns from cyclists about the removal of the temporary King Street bike lane and about the current cycling conditions on Dundas Place. This proposal is in response to these concerns.
What is being done to address safety concerns cyclists may have about the proposed configuration of a temporary bike lane on Dundas Place?
The potential changes to Dundas Place that have been presented aim to strike a balance for everyone using the street. This configuration was proposed after considering the needs of businesses, cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers.
In the current proposal, vehicles would have to cross the bike lanes to reach parking and loading zones. This configuration meets current design standards considering the lower traffic levels and speeds on Dundas Place and the overall traffic conditions on the street.
A bi-directional bike lane configuration was also considered by City staff. This potential configuration would have both cycle lanes on the north half of Dundas Place and would eliminate vehicles crossing into the bike lanes. This design would require the removal of parking and loading zones on the north side of the street.
The City is continuing to collect feedback from residents and businesses on how they feel about the proposed traffic changes and their ideas to improve the configuration.
Why is the City proposing to have only one-way eastbound motor vehicle traffic on Dundas Place?
Dundas Place is narrow and can not fit two lanes of traffic plus bike lanes. Traffic studies have shown that two-thirds of the current Dundas Place vehicle traffic is eastbound. With Queens Avenue being a one-way, westbound street, this proposal is expected to not impact the overall traffic flow of the downtown core for drivers.
Signage would also be placed around the area to help drivers navigate.
What traffic measures are being proposed to slow vehicles on Dundas Place?
The speed limit on Dundas Place was recently lowered to 30 km/h. London Police are attentive to speeds on Dundas Place. The unique design features and paving on Dundas Place will remain, and there would also be updated pavement markings to help slow traffic.
The City is exploring if temporary barriers between cyclists and vehicles can be included. It’s important for the City to keep the design of Dundas Place visually pleasing and accessible for events when creating any type of barrier. Currently, planters are being considered for this purpose.
Can bike lanes be placed on the sidewalk within the boulevard leaving Dundas Place with two-way vehicle traffic?
Currently, Dundas Place has a rough brick tactile strip between vehicle traffic and the sidewalk used to help visually impaired individuals navigate. It’s not possible to install in boulevard bike lanes without impeding the safety cue provided by that strip.
Another key concern that we heard from businesses was the necessity of having patio space. An in-boulevard bike lane may limit the opportunities for businesses to expand their patios.
Has Dufferin Avenue been considered as the potential space for a temporary bike lane?
The City’s East-West bikeway study consulted with Londoners and identified a need to create a cycling route between the Old East Village and downtown. This study considered many routes, including Dufferin Avenue.
Based on consultation that occurred during that study, the community input identified Dundas Street as the preferred cycling route due to its connection to nearby cycling infrastructure and important destinations. The East-West bikeway study has informed this project and many others, such as the Dundas Cycle Track and Dundas-TVP Connection.
Would the bike lanes be closed when the street is closed to vehicles during events?
Summer activations remain a high-priority for the City and this proposal will not impact any potential events.
If the street was closed, the bike lanes would also be closed, and cyclists would be expected to dismount when navigating Dundas Place.
Will there be a pedestrian crossing signal mid-block that stops cyclists and drivers outside the Central Library (between Wellington and Clarence Streets)?
There are no current plans for any additional mid-block pedestrian crossings, but City staff will review the location and request.
The pedestrian crossing near Fanshawe College will be unaffected by this proposal.
Could traffic metering be combined with another option to reduce traffic volumes and increase safety?
Traffic metering is a concept to create a more comfortable cycling environment by reducing the amount of through traffic on Dundas Place. This would be done by implementing turn requirements for traffic approaching Dundas Place. This option was also considered and will be included in the future report to City Council on this topic.
What is the City doing to tackle illegal parking on Dundas Place?
Dundas Place was intentionally designed to be flexible and fully accessible for events without curbs and fixed elements. The challenge with the current design is it can be prone to illegal parking.
City staff are reviewing the design to identify ways to reduce illegal parking while being mindful of business needs and any concerns raised by emergency services. Bylaw staff have also been active with education and enforcement.
We recognize that during COVID-19, there has been an increase in the number of pick-up and delivery services using the street. The City has added more than a dozen new short-term parking spots throughout the downtown to provide clearly identifiable locations for customers and food delivery drivers when they are making quick food and parcel pickups to help address business concerns around this issue. These loading zones are a temporary measure and staff will evaluate their effectiveness as a long-term solution.
What will be done to inform Londoners of construction, traffic changes, and events on Dundas Place and downtown?
The City’s core construction program puts an emphasis on delivering clear communications to the community. The proposed changes on Dundas Place are a response to upcoming construction meaning that outreach about this initiative would fall under the core construction program. If Council approves this plan, there will be additional communication about this proposal to Londoners.
Staff will engage in strategic and targeted marketing to reach Londoners through various ways, such as social media posts and radio ads. Throughout the process, staff will work with businesses and the Downtown London BIA to promote the area and communicate construction updates, traffic changes, and events.
What is the City doing to respond to individuals who are living unsheltered on Dundas Place?
The Coordinated Informed Response (CIR) team is a trained, highly-engaged team of City of London employees, London Police Services and community outreach agency, London CARES who are on the street everyday offering support and services to Londoners living unsheltered in our city. This team also works side-by-side with London businesses to help address issues and challenges they face when dealing with individuals that live unsheltered.
For winter, what is the impact bike lanes might have on parking and snow plowing?
The proposed traffic changes to Dundas Place would only be in effect during the construction season and is not planned to be in effect during the winter season.