Campus Harbour Connection Bike Route

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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.


Shared use, shared responsibility

For Cyclists
For Motorists

Cyclists and motorists have specific rights and responsibilities. These responsibilities are detailed in the Provincial Motor Vehicle Act. Information contained in this document is meant to provide additional advice to these road users but does replace, supersede or should be considered a complete set of these rights and responsibilities.

For Cyclists: The Campus Harbour Connection Bike Route will contain a mix of Bike Lanes and Shared Use Lanes.

Bike Lanes are marked by a white line on the right hand side of a road separating this lane from vehicle traffic lanes. Where a Bike Lane exists, cyclists should remain in it on the right side of the road (i.e. travelling in the same direction as vehicle traffic). An exemption is where a cyclist needs to turn left and can enter the appropriate vehicle lane to do so.

Shared Use lanes are for both vehicle and cycling traffic. They are marked by Bike symbols and signs but do not have a Bike Lane line. Where a Shared Use Lane exists, cyclists should ride as far to the right side of the street as possible to let motorists pass to their left. An exemption is where a cyclist needs to turn left and can enter the appropriate vehicle lane to do so.

Cyclists must obey traffic lights including stopping and waiting for a Green light before proceeding through an intersection. Cyclists should also use Turn Signal Hand Signs before turning, changing lanes, slowing down or stopping so motorists understand their intentions.

There are some locations along the Bike Route where the solid Bike Lane lines will break into dotted lines. These broken lines tell cyclists that higher volumes of traffic may cross the Bike Lane at these locations. Although motorists are responsible to yield to cyclists in these locations, it is important for cyclists to use extra caution.

Areas known as Bike Boxes will be available in front of the left turn only vehicle lanes at a few intersections along the Bike Route. These areas are for cyclists and are indicated by Bike Symbols. When facing a Red traffic light at a signalized intersection, a cyclist may leave the right hand side of the street (either from a Bike Lane or a Shared Use Lane) and enter the Bike Box when intending to turn left at the intersection. This positioning allows motorists to see a cyclist better. When facing a Green light, cyclists can simply enter the left turn vehicle lane and continue with the turn without stopping at the Bike Box. Cyclists must still yield to pedestrians legally in a crosswalk and other motorists with the Right-of-Way.


For Motorists:
Bike Lanes are marked by a white line on the right hand side of a road separating this lane from vehicle traffic lanes. Where Bike Lanes exist, motorists should drive to the left of them but remain to the right of the road’s centre line.

Shared Use lanes are for both vehicle and cycling traffic. Where Shared Use Lanes exist, motorists should travel to the left of any cyclists travelling in the same direction that they need to pass and do so with caution as no painted Bike Lanes are on these sections.

Some streets along the Bike Route will be transformed into a three vehicle lane cross section with two additional marked Bike Lanes. Two of the vehicle lanes will be for through and right turning vehicle traffic. The third vehicle lane in the middle is known as a two-way-left-turn -lane. Motorists should enter this middle lane only when they are to make a left turn.

There are several locations along the Bike Route where motorists must cross a Bike Lane to enter or exit a street, driveway, parking area, etc. and they must yield to cyclists in the bike lane before doing so.



Bikeways and Trails Plan
CAN Bike Safety Tips
Cycling Skills (Government of Ontario)
City of Saint John Traffic By-Law
Provincial Motor Vehicle Act