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College Avenue, Guelph, Ontario

The re-surfacing of College Avenue West in Guelph is one of the nine Complete Streets projects profiled in Complete Street Transformations.


College Avenue West was transformed by taking advantage of planned road resurfacing to include painted bike lanes and achieve an active transportation “quick win."  The project completed a missing link in the city's bicycle network, and reduced motor vehicle traffic in an area with a university and four schools.  It cost only $11,200, and took only two years to complete (2012-2014), from the identification of College Avenue West as a priority in the city's Cycling Master Plan to the end of construction. 


  • Painted bike lanes on both sides of the street
  • Speed limit reduced from 50km/h to 40km/h
  • A road diet implemented to turn four vehicle traffic lanes into two lanes with a centre turning lane


  • Three times more cyclists were recorded after construction, compared with the same time the year previous.
  • Motor vehicle traffic has been reduced by 13% eastbound and 6.9% westbound.
  • The number of collisions has increased.  In the three years leading up to the project, there were 6 motor vehicle collisions; from the completion of construction in Aug 2014 up to 2015, there were 6 more collisions, representing an increase in the annual rate.  With only one year of data, however, these results are inconclusive.  Future collision data will need to be analyzed to see if rate remain higher or drop back down to pre-construction levels.

Before and After

Photo - After: 
College Ave, Guelph, After Complete Street Transformation
Photo - Before: 
College Ave, Guelph, Before Complete Street Transformation