Canada Drive Active Transportation & Road Safety Improvements

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Changes are coming to Canada Drive. Canada Drive, from Columbus Dr. to the Team Gushue Highway (approximately civic address 243 Canada Dr.), is part of the backbone cycling network as outlined in the Bike St. John's Master Plan. Adding a bike facility and integrating it with a pedestrian path means upgrading active transportation in this area. It will also improve road safety as driving lanes will be narrower. There are two options being considered.

  • Option 1 - Bi-directional bike path on one side of the street, sidewalks on both sides of the street, parking allowed on south side only (odd numbered houses)
  • Option 2 - Shared Use Path (SUP) on one side, sidewalk on the other side, parking allowed on both sides

The preferred option selected at this time will apply to the entirety of Canada Drive (as noted above) over time as road work is undertaken.

The City is prioritizing projects that help create a cycling backbone network and where work can be completed during planned rehabilitation and construction within other infrastructure projects. By piggy-backing on roads rehab to upgrade active transportation along Canada Drive, we will reduce overall cost and avoid future tear up (cost avoidance).

Council approved the Bike Master Plan in 2019. Its vision is to create “a safe, inclusive, and convenient cycling network that is well-connected, attractive and reflective of the City’s unique topography and climate. As part of an integrated mobility network, this is supported by policies and programs that promote a cycling friendly culture.” (Bike Master Plan, 2019)

Work is planned for the following sections:

  • 2023: Columbus Drive to Hamlyn Road (pending funding)
  • 2024: Hamlyn Road to Cowan Avenue (pending funding)

This active transportation path from Columbus Dr. to the end of the Team Gushue Highway extension will ultimately connect to Kelly’s Brook Shared-use Path to create an east-west cycling network.


Changes are coming to Canada Drive. Canada Drive, from Columbus Dr. to the Team Gushue Highway (approximately civic address 243 Canada Dr.), is part of the backbone cycling network as outlined in the Bike St. John's Master Plan. Adding a bike facility and integrating it with a pedestrian path means upgrading active transportation in this area. It will also improve road safety as driving lanes will be narrower. There are two options being considered.

  • Option 1 - Bi-directional bike path on one side of the street, sidewalks on both sides of the street, parking allowed on south side only (odd numbered houses)
  • Option 2 - Shared Use Path (SUP) on one side, sidewalk on the other side, parking allowed on both sides

The preferred option selected at this time will apply to the entirety of Canada Drive (as noted above) over time as road work is undertaken.

The City is prioritizing projects that help create a cycling backbone network and where work can be completed during planned rehabilitation and construction within other infrastructure projects. By piggy-backing on roads rehab to upgrade active transportation along Canada Drive, we will reduce overall cost and avoid future tear up (cost avoidance).

Council approved the Bike Master Plan in 2019. Its vision is to create “a safe, inclusive, and convenient cycling network that is well-connected, attractive and reflective of the City’s unique topography and climate. As part of an integrated mobility network, this is supported by policies and programs that promote a cycling friendly culture.” (Bike Master Plan, 2019)

Work is planned for the following sections:

  • 2023: Columbus Drive to Hamlyn Road (pending funding)
  • 2024: Hamlyn Road to Cowan Avenue (pending funding)

This active transportation path from Columbus Dr. to the end of the Team Gushue Highway extension will ultimately connect to Kelly’s Brook Shared-use Path to create an east-west cycling network.


Consultation has concluded
  • What We Heard released

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    Today, the City of St. John’s released the summary of What We Heard (WWH) during public engagement for the Canada Drive Active Transportation and Road Safety Improvements project.

    Public engagement took place between April 26 and May 31 during which time there were 793 visits to the project page by 688 people; 268 people actively engaged here. Twenty-three people attended the virtual engagement session and 19 people who live on Canada Drive attended an in-person meeting. Additionally, City staff met with administrators at two schools in the area to gather their input, received email submissions, and phone calls.

    Summary of what we heard:

    • There is no definitive agreement on which option is preferred. Those who live on the street mostly prefer a shared-use path (SUP). Citywide, there is a preference for the dedicated bike lanes.
    • Sidewalk snow clearing is a major concern regarding the project. Among people living on Canada Drive, the extra width of SUP/sidewalk/bike lanes in front of their homes puts an additional strain on those clearing their driveways. Among people who want to use the new active transportation route, there are questions about its usefulness if it is not adequately maintained in the winter.
    • Parking is reported as very important among the people who live on Canada Drive. This is an important factor in their preference for the SUP option.
    • There are concerns about sightlines and sidewalk snow clearing priority on the north side of the street and some concerns about connectivity and safety throughout the street.
    • Active transportation is important to the schools. Many students walk or bike to school. Most students live close enough to school that they do not qualify for busing.
    • Most people are generally happy to hear about streetscape changes to improve active transportation. Some people suggest the City is not going far enough to implement safe and comfortable active transportation infrastructure; others suggest bike lanes are not needed and are not a good use of taxpayer money.

    For more details on what we heard, read the full report.

    WWH will be shared with City Council during the Wednesday, June 29 Committee of The Whole meeting. Meetings are broadcast live on the City’s website. Next steps will include bringing a recommendation for the design of Canada Drive at a future Council meeting for approval.