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About the Campus Harbour Connection
The Campus Harbour Connection provides cyclists in Saint John with a route linking the UNB Saint John campus, Tucker Park Collaborative, Saint John Regional Hospital area with uptown Saint John and points in between. It is a 4.5 KM long arterial of dedicated bike lanes and shared use lanes using existing streets such as Millidge Avenue, Somerset Street, Adelaide Street and Metcalf Street and connects to Harbour Passage, a popular off-street trail. It is the first comprehensive bike route in the City. Shared use, shared responsibility
A focus on active transportation
Bike Lanes in Saint John have been installed for several years. These lanes however are not linked together to form a defined route.
The City commissioned a Trails and Bikeways Strategic Plan In 2010. This plan laid out a comprehensive set of cycling routes throughout the City. Among the highest priority routes was one that would connect the city’s Uptown to the University/Hospital area in Millidgeville.
PlanSJ has a focus in transportation within the City and there is an emphasis on more active modes of transportation such as cycling. Implementation of the 2010 Trails and Bikeways Strategic Plan and specifically connections to the Uptown and the University/Hospital area were policies of PlanSJ. Both the Uptown and University/Hospital areas were also defines as Primary Development Areas in PlanSJ.
Work by UNB Fredericton Civil Engineering students and City staff resulted in a detailed bike route now called the Campus Harbour Connection. National Transportation Association of Canada guidelines were used to design the route. This route was subsequently supported by Common Council.
Partners such as Active Transportation Saint John and Uptown Saint John’s Green Feet Committee helped the project become a reality. Uptown Saint John led a community contest to design a wayfinding sign specific for this route.
Besides acting as a comprehensive route for cyclists connecting two Primary Development Areas, the Campus Harbour Connection passes by or through various neighbourhoods, passes the future home of the YMCA, and requires minimal infrastructure to construct compared to other future cycling routes in the City.