I wrote about plans for a MUP on Brookfield before and two weeks ago the asphalt was finally brought in. The path runs along a four lane road where cycling was doable but not great. The Brookfield MUP connects to the Sawmill Creek pathway and Mooney’s Bay LRT station on Heron at the eastend.
At the west end it connects to the NCC path that runs along the road that leads to Hog’s Back Falls, aptly called Hog’s Back Rd. From there you can connect to the canal pathway on the east side along Colonel By or head further west. Therefore the MUP is an important connection.
Shallow buried cables
I had noticed that the last part in front of Brookfield High towards Flannery had not been changed: cyclists are directed onto the roadway again, just before a bus stop. The reason is that cables are not buried deep enough under this part of the current sidewalk, so this has to be addressed first and then the final part will be built. However, as it is bidirectional, it is not clear to me where you connect to the MUP coming from the opposite direction.
Here is an explanation about the cables from Councillor Brockington’s office.
The section in front of Brookfield High School connecting to the roundabout and the rest of the cycling network is part of the plan. During construction, a conflict was discovered with very shallow-buried underground utilities that prohibited installation of the pathway from the high school entrance to the Flannery Drive roundabout. The project team is presently working with the Consultant to design an alternative pathway alignment. Construction of this segment of pathway is anticipated to take place during Summer 2020. In the interim, pavement markings have been installed on the pathway directing cyclists to re-enter the roadway, and shared lane markings installed on Brookfield Road east of the entrance. Although not ideal at this time, a plan is being worked on to complete this segment.Office of Councillor Brockington
Cross Brookfield at roundabout
Rather than crossing the roundabout towards the Sawmill Creek, you might want to cross Brookfield right away before the roundabout and connect to the path on the north side if you are not comfortable with cycling on roundabouts.
This path will likely become part of my route to LRT, via the new bike lane on Dynes and a bit of Prince of Wales to the nearest LRT station: a 20 minute bike ride to Line 2.
More context for Brookfield MUP
For more context, maps and some future housing developments on Brookfield read a previous blog here.