Saint John Cycling has identified 8 shovel ready projects to make our city more bikeable, walkable and accessible for everyone. The federal government has announced a new funding stream that would provide 80% in matching funds. We have met with several elected officials. All are supportive of our proposal, but to make this happen, they need to hear from you!
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What we are proposing
Active transportation improvements at 8 locations to create an east-west corridor:
– Main Street
– Chesley Drive
– City Road and Station Street
– University Avenue
– Ocean Westway
– Heather Way
– Spruce Lake Trail
What is a Road Diet?
A typical road diet reduces a four lane road to three lanes: two for directional traffic and one shared left turn lane. The result is a safer, more affordable road. The US Department of Transportation found that road diets not only improve traffic flow, but can reduce car accidents by up to 47%, which has significant societal cost savings. Road diets in Saint John will reduce the annual maintenance burden, which is currently $7M.
But wait, there’s more! Watch this video for an excellent summary of road diet benefits.
Can we afford it?
The City’s contribution for this proposal is approximately $175,000. The Coastal Link Trail has pledged $150,000. Infrastructure Canada has announced a program that will provide up to $2 million in matching funds.
This can be done without any additional spending. We are proposing a reallocation of current resources to make our streets safer and sustainable. The City of Saint John currently spends $7M annually on maintenance for roads like Main Street. At 6 lanes, Main Street is the widest road in the province. Tax payers already subsidize the maintenance of under-utilized roads, like the 6 lanes on Main Street. Our proposal will re-purpose some of that space for active transportation, which provides greater value to tax payers, requires less annual maintenance and makes the road safer for everyone, including motor vehicles. The question is not whether Saint John can afford this proposal, rather, can we afford the status quo? Time for change!
About the Coastal Link
This proposal includes 22 km of the Coastal Link. The Coastal Link is an on-going project to connect The Great Trail in Saint John to the East Coast Greenway in the United States. It was identified as one of New Brunswick’s Signature Trails in the Trails Action Plan . The Coastal Link won’t stop at the US Border. It connects directly with The East Coast Greenway which travels from Calais, Maine to the Florida Keys.
Economic Impact Potential
New Brunswick is well positioned to tap into the growing cycling tourism market surrounding us. Today, all trail tourism has a direct economic impact of $34M, while in Maine just cycling tourism accounts for $66M of tourist spending. We have room to grow, especially if we build on the success of The Coastal Link and The Great Trail (aka Trans Canada Trail). Businesses agree. These are just some that have endorsed our proposal.
Contact Nick Cameron
Government Liaison for Saint John Cycling