Active transportation priority & map

The City is undertaking enhanced winter maintenance of active transportation pathways beginning in the 2019-20 snow season. The Council-approved Snow Clearing and Ice Control Policy was amended to include the winter re-prioritization of roadways, sidewalks, and active transportation pathways for improved snow clearing and to help make walking and cycling convenient and accessible for people of all ages and abilities, year-round.

The improved method of winter maintenance for priority active transportation routes city-wide will ensure that key pedestrian and cycling routes are cleared quickly following a snowfall to provide uninterrupted and effective connections between various neighbourhoods, transit facilities, and the downtown.

New this year:

  • Streets designated as priority active transportation routes have been reclassified to receive some level of enhanced service when a P1 operation is called.
  • These routes fall into three categories:
    • Priority bike paths and sidewalks adjacent to existing P1 streets
    • Priority bike paths and sidewalks adjacent to existing P2 streets (labelled P2AT in the policy)
    • Priority bike paths and sidewalks in residential areas (labelled P3AT in the policy)
  • While each category will receive some level of enhanced service anytime a snow operation is called, the level of service depends on whether crews are working on a P1 or P1/P2 plow.

Street priorities & definitions

See the graphics below for more details.

Street priorities & definitions

Priority 1

Priority 1

Major regional roads, as well as adjacent sidewalks and active transportation pathways. P1 streets are designated as snow routes and have overnight parking restrictions from December 1 to March 1.
Priority 2 Active transportation

Priority 2 Active transportation

P2 streets and sidewalks that have been identified as priority active transportation routes. Many P2AT streets are designated as snow routes and have overnight parking restrictions from December 1 to March 1.
Priority 3 Active transportation

Priority 3 Active transportation

P3 streets and sidewalks identified as priority active transportation routes.
Priority 2

Priority 2

Non-regional bus routes and collector streets, as well as adjacent sidewalks and non-priority active transportation pathways. Many P2 streets are designated as snow routes and have overnight parking restrictions from December 1 to March 1.
Priority 3

Priority 3

Residential streets, as well as adjacent sidewalks and non-priority active transportation pathways. Parking restrictions are in place when a Residential Parking Ban is declared.

What happens when we call a …

P1 Plow

Priority 1 plow

  • Streets are fully plowed within 36 hours of > 3 cm accumulation.
  • Sidewalks and active transportation paths are plowed within 36 hours of > 5 cm accumulation.
  • Streets are salted and sanded as needed.
  • Overnight parking restrictions are in place on snow routes as of Dec. 1.
Priority 2 Active transportation

Priority 2 active transportation

  • One driving lane is cleared within 36 hours of > 3 cm accumulation; streets are fully plowed after > 5cm. Streets are sanded as needed.
  • Sidewalks and active transportation paths are plowed within 36 hours of > 5 cm accumulation.
  • Overnight parking restrictions are in place on snow routes as of Dec. 1.
Priority 3 Active transportation

Priority 3 active transportation

  • One driving lane is cleared within 36 hours of > 3 cm accumulation; streets are only fully plowed when a residential operation is called.
  • Sidewalks and active transportation paths are plowed within 36 hours of > 5 cm accumulation.
  • Streets are sanded as needed.
P2 Plow

Priority 2 plow

  • Streets are fully plowed within 36 hours of > 5 cm accumulation. Streets are sanded, and are only salted during freezing rain events.
  • Sidewalks and active transportation paths are plowed within 36 hours of > 5 cm accumulation.
  • Overnight parking restrictions are in place on snow routes as of Dec. 1.
P3 Plow

Priority 3 plow

  • Sidewalks and active transportation paths are plowed within five days of > 8 cm accumulation.
  • Streets are plowed only when a residential operation is called (after > 10 cm accumulation) and are sanded as needed.

Active transportation priority map

The following interactive map outlines the sidewalk and active transportation pathways network, and snow clearing priority. Additionally, you can also enter an address to view a specific street segment.