The City of Charlottetown’s Parks and Recreation Department wants to remind residents and visitors of acceptable uses on the Victoria Park Cycling Lane.
The City encourages and works toward supporting active transportation within Charlottetown. The Cycling Lane in Victoria Park is designated for: bicycles, rollerblades, scooters, skateboards, inline skates and other self-propelled wheeling devices. For safety reasons, walkers and runners (including those pushing a stroller or walking a pet) are not permitted on the cycling lane. The only scenario where the Parks and Recreation Department feels it is appropriate for a walker to be on the cycling lane, would be in the case of a parent or guardian providing concentrated assistance to walk alongside a young cyclist.
"Recently there has been some confusion on what type of recreational activity is permitted on the cycling lane and we want to help clear up any miscommunication," said Councillor Mitchell Tweel, chair of Parks, Recreation and Leisure Activities committee. "Our main concern is safety for all users of the park and that is why we have posted signs to clearly display what types of active transportation are permitted."
The following recreational activities are not permitted on the Cycling Lane for safety reasons: walking, running, walking with a stroller and walking with a pet. The City offers the boardwalk, which is dedicated for walkers (including those pushing strollers) and runners only and also offers a variety of trails and walkways throughout Victoria Park. To help educate the public, park patrol and City staff monitor Victoria Park to help ensure users are following the Victoria Park and Promenade Bylaw, which includes obeying park signage and staying within the posted speed limits whether in a vehicle or wheeling traffic.
"We continue to encourage young cyclists to use the cycling lane and get used to cycling on a roadway type surface, in some cases this means a parent or guardian walking beside the child," said Councillor Mitchell Tweel. "All Victoria Park users are reminded to use courtesy for others and respect the rules, as we want Victoria Park to be an enjoyable space for visitors and residents alike."
The Public Works Department will be painting a center line on the newly paved section of the Victoria Park Cycling Lane next week to help control the traffic flow and allow users the appropriate space to travel both directions.
For further information, please feel free to contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 902-368-1025.
City of Charlottetown