This episode of Bicycles As Transport discusses the new Vodden Street Bike Lanes.

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed everything about how we do things on a day-to-day basis. This is particularly true with transportation, with the need for more physical distancing.

The City of Brampton is one of many cities around the world that are looking at ways of using space differently. Throughout the Region of Peel, there’s been a 33% reduction in automobile traffic. At one point, Toronto reported a 73% reduction. Many people have found themselves without work, or working from home, as a result of this pandemic.

What about the people who do need to go to work? Our essential service workers? The City of Brampton has continued to run Brampton Transit with transit vehicles running at half capacity. This has created new pressures to make sure there is enough service on busier routes.

There are more people using pathways and recreation trails. While pedestrian traffic are able to gap themselves accordingly for physical distancing, there isn’t a lot of space remaining to operate a bicycle safely in between people.

Vodden Street provides a critical east-west cycling corridor across the City of Brampton. Vodden Street connects to many important amenities (see 360 video below for examples). Brampton also has a challenge with crossing the heavily used Highway 410. Vodden Street is one of the few roads that crosses over the 410 without conflict with automobile traffic trying to access the highway.

Essential Locations, Accessible From Vodden Street

  • Pharmacies
  • Grocery Stores
  • Hardware Store
  • Computer Repair
  • Food Takeaway Locations

Vodden Street also has the benefit of connecting to several trail systems, including the Etobicoke Creek Trail, Esker Lake Trail, and Chinguacousy Trail.

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