Oakville rolling out new protected bike lanes on Speers Road

Fittingly during Bike Month, Oakville’s first fully protected bike lanes are set to open making it easier, safer, and more enjoyable to bike along this major connector road. Phase One (Third Line to Fourth Line) of the Speers Road reconstruction project is nearly complete and the protected bike lanes will be open for use at the end of June.

The bike lanes run one-way on both sides of this section of Speers Road, separated from traffic by concrete curbs and painted buffers. The design aligns with the town’s Active Transportation Master Plan (ATMP).

“Launching Oakville’s first on-road protected bike lanes is a great stride forward in building a cyclist-friendly and pedestrian-friendly environment. It’s part of our commitment to Oakville’s Active Transportation Master Plan and the Community Energy Plan to make active transportation a viable and convenient option for getting around town. It’s one more way we’re making a more livable Oakville.”

Mayor Rob Burton

The bike lanes feature a unique shared transit stop that doesn’t require buses to pull into the bike lane when picking up or offloading passengers. Buses stop in the roadway adjacent to the raised green transit platform. When a bus arrives, cyclists stop behind the white “shark’s teeth” line and yield to passengers boarding and exiting the bus.

How to use the shared protected bike lane / transit stops

If you are cycling:

  • slow down as you approach the raised transit stop
  • if a bus pulls up to the raised platform, come to a complete stop behind the white “shark’s teeth” pavement markings to allow passengers to board or exit the bus
  • be prepared for buses lowering and raising the accessible ramp into the bike lane for transit customers to board or exit the bus
  • after passengers have boarded and exited the bus and the doors have closed, you may proceed

If you are using transit:

  • wait for your bus behind the tactile surfaces on the transit stop platform. Do not wait in the bike lane
  • once the bus has pulled up to the raised transit stop, look for any oncoming cyclists
  • if there are no cyclists, or if the cyclists have stopped, you are safe to cross the bike lane and proceed onto the bus
  • if you are getting off the bus, make sure to look right for any oncoming cyclists before you cross the bike lane to the sidewalk

If you are driving a car:

  • always yield to cyclists and pedestrians
  • pay special attention and look for cyclists when turning left or right at an intersection or into a business or parking area

More information and a how-to video is available on our Speers Road Bike Lane page.

To accommodate all active transportation users, this section of Speers Road has improvements for pedestrians as well, including:

  • two new pedestrian signals
  • new sidewalks
  • upgraded street lighting
  • new traffic signals at Third Line and Fourth Line intersections
  • 14 Mile Creek bridge widening and rehabilitation

Phase Two (Fourth Line to Dorval Drive) of Speers Road reconstruction, including extended protected bike lanes, will begin in 2022.

For more information on cycling and walking in Oakville, visit our Cycle, Walk Oakville page.

Halton Region COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Halton Region continues to follow Provincial direction on prioritization and Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccination plan.

Halton Region Public Health is working closely with partners to roll out the vaccine as quickly and equitably as possible. Planning is underway to ensure that everyone in Halton who wants the vaccine can receive it, following the vaccination of priority populations. 

Visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines for the latest information, including the eligibilitywebpage which has been updated with more detailed information on eligible populations.

COVID-19: Province-wide emergency and stay-at-home order is in effect

Earlier this week, Premier Ford announced a province-wide stay-at-home order, effective April 8 for a minimum of four weeks. This order requires residents of Ontario to remain at home, except for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store, accessing health care services, outdoor exercise, or for work that cannot be done remotely.

Please note that the ServiceOakville counter at Town Hall is now closed to the public for the duration of the stay-at-home order. You can access many services online at oakville.ca; if you require further assistance, you can reach ServiceOakville at 905-845-6601 or by email.

For a complete list of what is open and closed, as well as the latest updates on service changes and community supports, please visit our COVID-19 page.

Thank you for doing your part to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Halton Region launches COVID-19 vaccination clinic online booking system for residents 80 and older

Halton Region has launched their online booking system and is inviting all residents who are 80 years of age and older to book their COVID-19 vaccination appointment! Residents can book at any location that is most convenient. In Oakville, the site is St. Volodymyr Cultural Centre, 1280 Dundas Street West. This is an initial location and other clinics may be identified as required. 

Residents who require additional booking support can call Halton Region at 311 and a customer service representative will be available to help. If you have a family member, friend or neighbour who is 80 years of age or older and may need some assistance, we encourage you to reach out and help them register online. Halton Region has also arranged for free transportation to and from the clinics for residents who require it.

Please remember that these clinics are not open to the general public at this time and are for Halton residents that are eligible. There are no walk-in appointments.

For updates on when it will be your turn to get vaccinated, the latest information on vaccine safety and Halton Region’s COVID-19 Vaccine Program, please visit halton.ca/COVIDvaccines.

Stay off the ice: Oakville Fire warns residents of unstable ice as temperatures rise

With spring nearing, many are looking forward to warmer temperatures and enjoying the outdoors. The Oakville Fire department is reminding residents to stay off all bodies of water that appear to be frozen, as changing weather can cause rapid and significant changes to ice conditions.

Sunlight and solar radiation travelling through clear ice can cause the water below to warm and melt from the bottom up. When water is flowing above or below the ice surface, such as the inflows to storm management ponds, it will weaken, creating unstable and dangerous conditions.

Please stay off all bodies of water, including stormwater management ponds. Stormwater management ponds are designed to retain water runoff and slowly release it back into receiving water courses. Factors such as frequent flowing water, fluctuating temperatures, and runoff pollutants like road salt, make these bodies of water (frozen or open water) especially unpredictable and subject to rapid change.

Although they may look inviting, they are not safe. Don’t skate, walk or toboggan on these ponds. Please obey all posted signs, and exercise caution around ice-covered bodies of water. Be safe this spring and check out these helpful tips from Conservation Halton.

Throughout the town, there are many safe and fun outdoor winter activities for the entire family to enjoy. Please visit our winter recreation page for a full list of activities. 

Stay safe and stay off the ice!