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Brealey Drive, Peterborough, Ontario

Brealey Drive in Peterborough was converted from a rural road with no sidewalks to a Complete Street, and it is one of nine projects included in Complete Street Transformations

Once a rural road with no sidewalks, Brealey Drive now includes a fully separated bicycle trail, sidewalks on both sides of the street, as well as new crossings for people on bikes and on foot, allowing better access to major destinations along this increasingly urbanized street.  The project cost $5.4 million, and took 9 years to complete (2006-2015), due to multiple modifications to the design.  More improvements are planned for further north along this street, past Lansdowne St.


Two-way bicycle trail along the west side, fully separated from traffic by a grass strip
Sidewalks on both sides of the street
Two new, signalized pedestrian crossings mid-block
Curb ramps with tactile paving to improve accessibility


The project's completion so close to the publication date of Complete Street Transformations meant that data had yet to be collected.  Informal surveys by city staff, however, indicate that cyclists and pedestrians appreciate the new infrastructure.

Before and After

Photo - After: 
Brealey Drive, Peterborough, after Complete Street transformation
Photo - Before: 
Brealey Drive, Peterborough, before Complete Street transformation