Why is the City proceeding with this work?

    The City of Cambridge is committed to improving the cycling environment and recognizes that active transportation is an integral part of a balanced transportation system. The City’s newly updated Cycling Master Plan (2020) aims to increase bicycle use and create a culture of cycling in Cambridge by developing an integrated network of off-street trails and on-street bicycle facilities that are comfortable for people of all ages and abilities. 

    The Cycling Master Plan has identified the project scope as an area for short-term network improvements which can be enhanced with the construction of an all ages and abilities multi-use trail as a separated facility from Dunbar Road. The project is funded in part through a grant from the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling (OMCC) program.

    What is the scope of the project?

    The City of Cambridge will be undertaking an expansion of the active transportation network with the design and construction of a 3.0m wide multi-use trail along the south side of Dunbar Road between Concession Road and Hespeler Road. This project will also include traffic calming elements along the road, designated parking areas, and provide road crossing opportunities. The following is a list of key changes/improvements. 

    Multi-use Trail:

    • 3.0m wide with an asphalt surface
    • Minimum buffer setbacks from Dunbar Road 
    • Designed to avoid relocating hydro poles and minimal conflicts with existing trees
    • Accessible design intended to be user-friendly for all ages and abilities 
    • Appropriately spaced curb cuts and crossing opportunities

    Traffic Calming Elements: 

    • 6.7m wide narrowed travel lanes between Concession Road and Briarwood Drive and 7.0m between Briarwood Drive and Hespeler Road (the current road is around 10m wide) to help reduce vehicle speeds.
    • Realignment of south curb to provide dedicated parking areas and crossing bump outs that narrow the road and create traffic calming areas by the intersections.  
    • The design provides for future seasonal traffic calming measures to be installed at several locations along Dunbar Road.

    Crossing Opportunities:

    • Narrowed roadway and bump outs means that there are shorter crossing distances due to curb extensions at the intersections
    • Proposed pedestrian crossing island proposed west of Biscayne intersection


    • Layby parking on south side of road at designated areas between curb extensions
    • Painted designated areas provided at key locations on north side of road to formalize the parking locations along Dunbar Road.
    • 2m wide parallel to road; a minimum 57 spots provided along Dunbar Road

    What changes are proposed to the existing parking?

    On-street parking will be provided in designated locations on both the north and south sides of Dunbar Road. Currently, there are signed “no parking” areas but there are no formalized painted parking spots. The current on-street parking rates are very low and underutilized. The proposed plan provides a minimum of 57 spots at the designated parking areas to ensure ample parking for anyone along the street.

    Will parking be removed in front of my house?

    In order to narrow the road some parking spots will have to be removed. Parking observations conducted over the past few months showed a low rate of on-street parking, based on the amount of parking that is currently available. At most a total of 8 cars were parked on street at one given time. The current design provides for a minimum of 57 parking spaces. Areas where vehicles were observed to routinely use on-street parking were considered for parking, particularly on the North side.

    How will my driveway be impacted?

    Properties along the north side of Dunbar Rd will be minimally impacted. From Industrial Rd to Hespeler Rd the multi-use trail will cross 14 residential driveways on the south side. The trail is designed to be built where the existing sidewalk is located. The sidewalk will be replaced with the trail and the width of the trail will be expanded towards the road over the driveway aprons within the boulevard, in order to preserve the existing private driveways. 

    You removed parking in front of my house. Where will my visitors park now?

    The new design provides ample on-street parking with a minimum of 57 parking spaces being provided. Aside from parking on Dunbar Road, there are also a number of side streets nearby that allow for on-street parking.

    What is the timing of the reconstruction?

    Phase 1 Construction is expected to commence in Fall 2020 at the earliest. Phase 1 extends from Concession Road to Industrial Road.  Phase 2 construction is anticipated for 2021 or beyond and will complete the linkage between Concession Road and Hespeler Road. Future funding opportunities may allow for Phase 1 and Phase 2 to be constructed together.

    Who will be doing the work?

    A private contractor will be selected through the City’s public tender process to undertake the work.  

    How can I voice my comments?

    The City is collecting public feedback from July 10-24, 2020 through an online survey on the engageCambridge platform. To provide your input on the project, see the link at the bottom of the page.

    The City of Cambridge realizes that the proposed improvements may cause some inconvenience to the residents and businesses in the area and requests your cooperation and patience throughout its duration. If you have questions or concerns, we encourage you to reach out through the engageCambridge website or by contacting the City Project Manager at the information provided below.

    In addition to your comments, other information we would like to receive from residents or businesses are any special need requirements which should be considered during the detailed design. This written record will assist the City to address all the issues related to this project. 

    We thank you for reviewing and participating in this virtual Public Information Centre.