west trail construciton

The construction of the trail from the hwy 7 overpass west toSimcoe St. is now complete and the trail bed is topped with limestone and graded making for a great trail surface. This section is still under construction and will not be open for public use until the gates are installed and the bridge over the Mariposa Brook is repaired and decked. The new gates will be installed starting this week. The bridge repairs and decking over Mariposa Brook should be completed by the end of the week, September 11.

The extension of the trail east of hwy 7 overpass to Angeline St. is almost complete and should be topped and graded by the end of the week, September 4th. Again, this section is not open to the public until the gates are installed.

The new trail across the campus property of Fleming College was completed on August 28th. The trail will not be opened however, until the bridges over the ditch areas adjacent to the roads are built. This work will be done by the college students this fall as part of the Recreation Trails Program. Expected to be completed by mid October, 2009.

trail construction

trail construction

As of 4 pm Thursday Aug 20 most of the college new trail work is completed.

Section 1: Limestone Screenings will be installed- need to be leveled and compacted. The new berm is done, Dave will have the edges cleaned up later.

Section 2: from Student Residence to the Emergency Telephone – limestone screenings have to be leveled and compacted.

Section 3: this area will be tackled tomorrow

Section 4: Access to nature trail – the brushing is done – need to level/grade and add new screenings. this will not take too long.

Section 5: The new trail is excavated – subgrade material is being installed later today. Screenings will go on tomorrow

Section 6: area from Compost toilet to screen fence – this area will be excavated tomorrow

Section 7: limestone screenings is done – need to level and compact

Section 8: To be completed by Monday

ipod winner

The winner of the I Pod Draw is:

  • Janice Jones-Skinner Lindsay

Secondary prizes of a pedometer were won by:

  • Barb Boyd- Lindsay
  • Stacy Meenan- Lindsay

Thank you to all who submitted a ballot and remember to check this web site regularly and keep using the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail.

Work has started on sections of the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail on Sir Sandford Fleming College property. It is expected that the trail will be completed on their property by end of August.

national trails funding

Barry Devolin MP for City of Kawartha Lakes gathers with trail volunteers on the KTCT near Mariposa Public School to officially annouce funding for the construction of the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail in the amount of $75,450.00

trail construction

trail construction

The construction of the westerly portion of the KTCT on the abandoned railway line from Durham Road 2 easterly to the Highway 7 overpass west of Lindsay has begun. The contractor, “Evansgolf Corporation” out of Brechin has completed the brushing and clearing of the trail to a width of 4 metres. The contractor is now in the process of bulldozing the trail bed to clear it of the remaining grass and vegetation and preparing the 3 metre wide trail bed. The bulldozing work started at the Durham Road 2 (Simcoe Street) and as of August 5th was completed easterly to White Rock Road. It is anticipated that the bulldozing will continue for the next week. Once the clearing is complete the contractor will be laying down the 3 metre wide trail bed made of crushed limestone.

During the construction period the trail is closed to the public and will not be opened until all the construction is complete.

In addition to the construction on the abandoned railway bed portion of the trail, the contractor will soon be starting the construction of that portion of the KTCT on the Fleming College property east of Angeline St. in Lindsay.

Stay tuned for more updates as construction continues.

Kathy Spaeth Principal of Jack Callaghan Public School and some students stand in front of the Environmental School Zone Sign located on the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail.

school children on trail

There are four school zones located along the trail.

All four schools – Mariposa, Jack Callaghan, Scott Young and Lady Eaton – have adopted a section of the trail and have started stewardship projects such as installation of bird nesting boxes and wildlife shrub plantings.

The Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association is proud to have the schools involved as community partners in the management of the trail.

Police Authorized to enforce Laws on Kawartha Trans Canada Trail

The City of Kawartha Lakes (Lindsay and Ops) Police Service and the City of Kawartha Lakes – OPP Detachment have been provided a letter of authorization from the Board of Directors of the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail Association to access the Trans Canada Trail in order to Act as its agent for the purpose of provincial enforcement in the event of inappropriate use such as ATV and Dirt Bike and enforcing the Trespass to Property Act and other related legislation.

What is an electric bicycle?

An electric bicycle meets the definition of “motor-assisted cycle” under the Ontario Motor Vehicle Safety Act, as follows:

  • The electric motor must be 500 watts or less.
  • The motor must not be capable of propelling the cycle faster than 32 km/hour.
  • The motor must disengage when the operator stops pedaling, releases the accelerator or applies the brake.
  • The cycle must be capable of being propelled by muscular power using the pedals, but it is not necessary to always be pedaling.
  • The operator must wear a bicycle helmet.
  • The addition of the power assist enables the rider to pedal with less effort, to achieve a greater distance, to climb hills and ride against the wind more easily. In its size, weight, speed and the driving skills required, the e-bike is similar to the conventional bicycle

For a detailed description of motor-assisted cycles as defined by the Motor Vehicle Act, visit the Ontario Ministry of Transportation web site at www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/vehicle/emerging/e-bike-faq

Are electric bicycles allowed on the KTCT?

Yes. Following a comprehensive review, KTCTA decided in November 2008 to allow electric bicycles on the KTCT.

Why did KTCTA decide to allow electric bicycles on KTCT?

KTCTA received requests from members of the public to use electric bikes on the KTCT, and as a result carried out a review. KTCTA is supportive of this new green technology, which may benefit trail visitors with disabilities and mobility restrictions. As well, E bikes are powered by an electric motor and muscular power, and have zero emissions.

The maximum speed of 32 km/hour (20 mph) is equivalent to the speed reached by an average cyclist on a traditional bicycle. Regulators wanted electric bicycles to match the speed of conventional bikes. If the speed had been set lower

(24 km/hour), as first proposed, commuter cyclists would find electric bicycles too slow to be a reasonable alternative to travel by car.

Do other Provinces or cities allow electric bicycles on their trails?

Yes. KTCTA is following the lead of other jurisdictions, such as the City of Ottawa, City of Victoria which permit electric bicycles on trails where bicycles are allowed. Electric bicycles are common in many cities in California, where they were developed, and in Europe. As well, currently, eight Canadian jurisdictions (British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan,Manitoba, Quebec, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador and the Yukon Territory) have legalized power-assisted bicycles for public road use and are treating these vehicles as conventional bicycles and not as motor vehicles

Do electric bicycles have to follow the same rules as other cyclists on the trail?

Yes. All cyclists must obey the posted etiquette rules and be courteous to others. KTCTA strives to ensure that all visitors to the trail have safe and enjoyable visits.

Do I need a license for my electric bicycle?

No license or registration is required. However, cyclists on electric bicycles are required by law to wear helmets and be 16 years of age in Ontario.

Will this issue be considered again in the future?

The issue of electric bicycles will be reviewed by the KTCTA within the broader context of Ontario Provincial Legislation- as the use of E bikes in Ontario on roads and trails will be reviewed by the Ministry of Transportation in the fall of 2009.

For more information on regional parks and trails, please visit the Ministry of Transportation web site at www.mto.gov.on.ca/english/dandv/vehicle/emerging/e-bike-faq

The snow has gone and thoughts are now about cycling, walking, hiking and horseback riding. Generally, the trail is in good shape with some small areas that needs to be repaired due to some illegal use. This winter there was a significant increase in snowmobile use, snowshoeing and cross country skiing along the trail. The tread surface is soft and we encourage users to wait until it dries out – three or four days of continuous sun would make it better for travel.

There are plans to install more signs and barriers this spring. New directional signs will be erected near the Highway 36 Bridge connecting to downtown Lindsay. A new map for the East KTCT has been produced and is available at tourism offices in Lindsay and Peterborough, as well as some local businesses. A brochure about the entire trail is available. The three public schools along the east section of the trail have adopted sections of the trail as their environmental school zone and will soon be planting wildlife shrubs and installing blue bird nesting boxes.

Four managing partners have signed an agreement to help manage the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail – Eastern section. These partners are: Fowler’s Corner Lions Club, Omemee Lions Club, Village of Reaboro Residents, and Kawartha Lakes Green Trails Alliance. The trail has been divided into managing zones and each of these partners will help maintain their section.

Funding Grants have been submitted for upgrading the west section of the Kawartha Trans Canada Trail that connects to Durham Region – Uxbridge. We are optimistic the grant submissions will be successful and we will have another 20 km of high quality trail constructed by September, 2009.

We are always looking for volunteers check out the volunteer section of the blog for more information.

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