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Grey County is developing a long-term, comprehensive Cycling and Trails Master Plan to guide future planning and decision-making to enhance cycling and off-road trail opportunities within the County and its local municipalities. The plan is meant to be used by County staff, decision makers and community partners to support and provide direction for future investments in cycling and active transportation infrastructure network by identifying a network and programs that supports commuter cycling, cycle tourism and non-motorized recreational trail use.

The County has retained WSP Canada Group Limited (WSP) to support the development of the Cycling and Trails Master Plan. The plan will incorporate previous work completed by the County and its partners including on-going projects such as the Recreational Trails Strategy. The plan will be developed using a three-phased process and is expected to be completed by Spring 2020.

Over the course of the study, the County will consult and engage with members of the public, businesses, stakeholders and local municipal staff to help inform the development of the Cycling and Trails Master Plan. Your input will be used to shape the outcomes, strategies and the recommended cycling and trails network contained in the plan.

Funding received from the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling (OMCC) Program and Regional Tourism Organization 7 is supporting the development of the Grey County Cycling and Trails Master Plan.

 

Draft Plan

Click the image below to download the draft plan. This plan was presented to Grey County committee of the Whole on February 27, 2020 followed by a public commenting period and a public information session. Grey County will be accepting comments and feedback on the draft plan until Friday April 3, 2020.

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Cycling and Trails Master Plan Chapter 1

 

Public Information Session - March 12, 2020

A rescheduled Public Information Session will take place on Thursday, March 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Our consultants from WSP and County staff will be available to review the plan and answer questions.   

Grey County Administration Building
(Bay Room)
595 9th Avenue East, Owen Sound
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Feedback on Draft Plan

Share your feedback on our engamgeent webpage. You can also send comments to bryan.plumstead@grey.ca. Feedback and comments will be accepted up to April 3, 2020

Previous Workshops and Open Houses

Stakeholder Workshop – Dec. 6, 2018

This workshop provided an opportunity for County staff and the consultant team to meet representatives from local municipalities, technical agencies and stakeholder groups who will be responsible for the planning, design, implementation and operations of cycling and trails infrastructure and programming in Grey County.

Workshop Objectives

The objectives of this workshop were to:

  • Inform attendees on the study purpose, process and intended outcomes of the Cycling and Trails Master Plan;
  • Engage with attendees and develop a better understanding of existing barriers and constraints for cycling and trails in Grey County;
  • Engage with attendees and develop a better understanding of potential opportunities for new cycling and trail linkages in Grey County; and
  • Engage with attendees and identify potential partnerships that could be explored through the development and implementation of the Cycling and Trails Master Plan.

Workshop Presentation

Public Open House - March 19, 2019

More than 40 people attended the public open house on March 19. County staff and consultants led discussions around:

  • Existing cycling routes and trails
  • Opportunities and challenges with planning and promoting active transportation and recreation
  • Barriers, gaps and potential links in the existing candidate route network.

Open House Presentation Boards

Municipal Partners Workshop – October 4, 2019

On Friday October 4, a two-hour Municipal Partners Workshop was undertaken for the Grey County Cycling and Trails Master Plan. The purpose of this workshop was to provide municipal staff with an update on the study progress to date and to engage with staff on the draft proposed Cycling and Trails Network. The workshop was organized into three engagement / discussion activities with the goal of:

  • Collecting input on the proposed cycling and trails network including facility types.
  • Collecting input of preliminary phasing and priorities.
  • Discussing and identifying opportunities for partnerships, coordination and potential funding sources to facilitate the implementation of the plan moving forward.

The feedback collected at the Municipal Partners Workshop will be used to refine the proposed cycling and trails network. In addition, the input collected at the workshop will be used to shape the recommendations that will be developed for Cycling and Trails Master Plan. Approximately 25 people attended the workshop including representatives from each local municipality, County staff and the consulting team from WSP and Share the Road.

Workshop Presentation

What we’ve heard

Thank you to everyone who took time to participate in our public open house or complete our online survey. We received more than 450 submissions that will help shape the new plan!

Summary of Public Feedback

 

More ways to get involved...

There are a number of way that you can get involved. The following are some of the ways that you can provide your input over the course of the study

  • Check this page for updates around the study and about cycling and trails in Grey County.
  • Attend public events and provide your input. Check this page regularly for updates on dates and times of events.
  • Email or contact one of the study team representatives – please use their contact information below.
Bryan Plumstead
Manager of Tourism
Grey County
519-376-3365 ext. 6110
bplumstead@visitgrey.ca
Cristina Valente
Senior Project Planner
WSP
647-730-7154
cristina.valente@wsp.com

 

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