City Council voted on routing for BRT + AT
April 30, 2019 – After a long City Council meeting of listening to public, experts and administration, followed by sincere discussion and debate, City Council voted yesterday evening on routing for the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and Active Transportation (AT), including within our Downtown corridor.
Downtown Saskatoon’s voice was among those present to share excitement and concern for routing options. Thanks kindly to our membership for arming us with these stats and comments in our recent survey. Regarding BRT – 72% prefer 1st Avenue over 3rd Avenue.
- The north-south Downtown route of BRT will run down 1st Avenue,
- There will be non-dedicated running lanes routed along Broadway, and
- There will still be debate on whether the buses run to 1st Avenue along 19th or 20th Street from the Broadway Bridge. Due to Council also endorsing 19th Street as a bike lane route, routing BRT from Broadway Bridge to 4th Avenue, west at 20th Street and on to 1st Avenue, will be the least conflicting.
With respect to bike lanes (Active Transportation), Council approved the following motion below. There will be continued work and dialog with respect to the north-south AT route with the hopes that some of the issues we and many others raised will be improved – better design, less parking loss, etc.
- The existing protected bike lanes on 4th Avenue be removed by June 30, 2019,
- 3rd Avenue, 23rd Street and 19th Street (Option 1) were endorsed as the future Downtown AT network, but that implementation decisions (including capital or detailed design expenses) be deferred until the administration has completed engagement based on the following criteria:
- That the active transportation network be designed for all users, including pedestrians, cyclists, and those with accessibility needs,
- That design and configuration options for the network should be drawn from collaborative engagement with all affected stakeholders (including Downtown Saskatoon), and that these options be focused on enhancing the public realm for all users,
- That engagement include outstanding concerns, including parking, design standards, streetscaping and construction, and
- In 2021, after engagement, that administration report back with opportunities to reduce costs by completing active transportation work in conjunction with future streetscaping improvements.