Off Road Vehicle Task Force

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Friends riding ATVs through the mud

Off Road Vehicles (ORVs) such as All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are becoming more and more of a popular activity in and around Kawartha Lakes. With recent changes made to provincial legislation around ORV use on highways, Kawartha Lakes Council decided that it was time to review the municipality's current by-laws. The Off Road Vehicle Task Force, a team composed of members of Council, Kawartha Lakes Staff and members of the public, will work together over the next few months to take a closer look at the current rules around ORV use, focusing on approved roads and restricted areas. The goal is to provide Council with recommendations based on research and public consultation that will help expand and enhance ORV use activity across the municipality.

Off Road Vehicles (ORVs) such as All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are becoming more and more of a popular activity in and around Kawartha Lakes. With recent changes made to provincial legislation around ORV use on highways, Kawartha Lakes Council decided that it was time to review the municipality's current by-laws. The Off Road Vehicle Task Force, a team composed of members of Council, Kawartha Lakes Staff and members of the public, will work together over the next few months to take a closer look at the current rules around ORV use, focusing on approved roads and restricted areas. The goal is to provide Council with recommendations based on research and public consultation that will help expand and enhance ORV use activity across the municipality.

  • Council discusses ORV Task Force recommendations on additional connection routes

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    Kawartha LakesDuring a Special Committee of the Whole meeting on November 16, a report was brought forward to Council regarding the remaining recommendations from the Off Road Vehicle (ORV) Task Force that addressed proposed ATV connection routes for the areas of Bobcaygeon, Cameron, Janetville, Omemee and Pontypool.

    The following routes were brought forward during the meeting and will be coming back to Council on December 14 for further discussion and/or final approval:

    Pontypool, Janetville and Omemee
    Council recommended the proposed routes for Pontypool, Janetville and Omemee as written.

    Cameron
    Council requested that amendments be made to the proposed route for Cameron.

    Bobcaygeon

    The proposed route for Bobcaygeon was not recommended for approval.

    Lindsay
    Council recommended the proposal of adding Kenrei Road and Thunder Bridge Road.

    Councillor Dunn, Chair of the Off Road Vehicle Task Force, made note that the Task Force will meet again on November 26 to discuss the process to monitor the success of the 2022 pilot programs. The meeting will begin at 10am and will be livestreamed on the municipality’s YouTube channel.

    The November 16 Special Committee of the Whole meeting is available online to watch.

  • Special Committee of the Whole on Nov 16 for ORV Task Force Recommendations

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    Kawartha Lakes – Council will meet on November 16 at 10am for a Special Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting regarding the outstanding Off Road Vehicle (ORV) Task Force recommendations. The report coming forward outlines the remaining recommendations, which address connecting route access for ATV use in the Bobcaygeon, Cameron, Janetville, Omemee and Pontypool areas. The report will also include all public correspondence received to date for the above routes.

    The sole purpose of the meeting is an opportunity for Council to review and discuss the connecting routes outlined for the communities above. Council has already approved a pilot ATV connection program for the community of Lindsay, which will begin in spring of 2022.

    On November 16, Council will review the report and any recommendations will be forwarded to the Regular Council meeting on December 14 for final approval.

    The agenda for the November 16 meeting is available on the municipality’s website, including the remaining recommendations from the Task Force.

    Should anyone wish to speak to or provide correspondence on the report for November 16, a request for a deputation must be completed online before Friday at 12pm.

  • Council votes to move forward with in-town Lindsay ATV connection route

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    Kawartha Lakes – Last week, Mayor Letham put out a statement that at the October 19 Regular Council meeting a decision would be made regarding the Lindsay ATV connection route. During the meeting, Council voted in favour to approve a two-year pilot for the proposed route from the Off Road Vehicle Task Force.

    The approved pilot connection route is as follows:

    Logie Street Trail Head (South) to Thunder Bridge Trail Head (North)
    1. North on Logie Street to King Street
    2. King Street to Lindsay Street
    3. Lindsay Street North to Wellington Street
    4. Wellington Street to Victoria Avenue
    5. Victoria Avenue to Elgin Street
    6. Elgin Street to Angeline Street North
    7. Angeline Street North to Thunder Bridge Road
    8. Thunder Bridge Road to Trail Head

    A visual map of the route can be viewed on the Jump In website.

    “Council has made a final decision and it is our responsibility to ensure the roll-out of the pilot is done in a way that prioritizes the safety of our community,” commented Mayor Andy Letham. “I want to remind our residents this is a two-year pilot program, whereby the goal is to monitor and gather information to determine the success of the route. We will work closely with our enforcement partners to make sure those participating are doing so responsibly and that the protection of our residents, both those on and off the trails, remains top of mind.”

    The pilot program will be implemented in Spring of 2022 to correlate with the operation period of the trail system, which runs May 1 to December 1. Staff will be working over the course of the next few months to ensure the appropriate measures are in place regarding safety and education prior to opening the connection route.

    In addition, the Terms of Reference for the Off Road Vehicle Task Force were amended to reflect a completion date of December 31, 2021. The Task Force is currently working on a potential linkage route through Bobcaygeon as well as looking into additional routes throughout the municipality. To learn more about the Off Road Vehicle Task Force, including past meetings, public feedback and news articles, please visit the project page on Jump In.

  • Mayor Letham to bring Lindsay ATV urban connection route forward for final decision

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    At the October 19 Council meeting, Mayor Letham will ask Council for a final decision on the Lindsay ATV Connection Route. A resolution status report will also be coming to Council on October 19 to serve as a reminder of the progress of the Off Road Vehicle Task Force and decisions made to date.

    “A determination needs to be made regarding the urban connection route in Lindsay one way or another,” commented Mayor Letham. “Over the course of this past year, we have considered different options, heard many deputations, received many emails, correspondence and survey results. It’s time to stop trying to spin the data and make an informed decision.”

    An urban connection route in Lindsay was one of the first discussion matters brought forward by the Task Force to Council.

    “We have had an overwhelming response from the public regarding this matter and at this point, the community has become divided,” stated Letham. “We need to put this part of the conversation to bed. By the end of the discussion, there should be a clear direction on whether the municipality will proceed with a pilot connection route through Lindsay or not.”

    The agenda for the October 19 meeting will be released before the end of day through the municipality’s website. The October 19 Council meeting will be livestreamed and can be viewed on the municipality’s YouTube channel.

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  • ORV Task Force to seek by-pass options for Lindsay

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    Council received the recommendations from the September 7 Committee of the Whole report but determined that further investigation on the Lindsay linkage route for the north and south ends of the trail is required. The proposed route is being sent back to the Off Road Vehicle (ORV) Task Force. They are being asked to revisit and provide Council with alternative by-pass options for Lindsay, including a potential bridge at Thunderbridge Road. The Task Force will also look at connections for Bobcaygeon and Pontypool areas. The next ORV Task Force meeting is scheduled in October. To stay up to date on the latest from the Task Force, visit Jump In Kawartha Lakes.

  • ATVs in Lindsay - Sept 7 COW meeting

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    ATVs in Lindsay
    As per Council’s request at the June 15 Council meeting, public feedback was obtained surrounding the proposed ATV connection route for Lindsay. Through the survey, it was identified that out of 1632 responses, 49% were in favour and 51% were not. Of those who live in Lindsay, 66% do not support the route.

    At the September 7 Committee of the Whole (COW) meeting, Council opted to receive the report and not move forward with the proposed connection route. The ORV Task Force will discuss alternative routes that by-pass Lindsay if this direction is adopted by Council on September 21. The next ORV Task Force meeting will be held on September 13, 2021 and can be watched on YouTube through the municipality’s livestream.

  • Council seeking input on proposed ATV connection route in Lindsay

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    Kawartha Lakes – At the June 15 Council meeting, the proposed connection route for ATV trail access in Lindsay was brought forward and a decision was made by Council to seek additional feedback on the route from residents before approving the pilot program.

    The proposed route, which runs from Logie Street to Thunder Bridge Road, is only to be used by ATV riders as a connecting link between the Victoria Rail Trail Heads. Council has made it clear that no other off road vehicles, such as dirt bikes or side by sides, will be permitted on the connecting route. In addition, ATVs will only be permitted on the route in Lindsay between May 1 and December 1 and only allowed between the hours of 7am to 9:30pm. ATVs will be subject to a 20 km/hour speed limit.

    The recommended route in Lindsay is outlined below:

    Logie Street Trail Head (South) to Thunder Bridge Trail Head (North)

    1. North on Logie Street to King Street
    2. King Street to Lindsay Street
    3. Lindsay Street North to Wellington Street
    4. Wellington Street to Victoria Avenue
    5. Victoria Avenue to Elgin Street
    6. Elgin Street to Angeline Street North
    7. Angeline Street North to Thunder Bridge Road
    8. Thunder Bridge Road to Trail Head

    To receive clear feedback, Council has designed a short survey. The survey is available online or as a hard copy at the Lindsay Service Centre until July 30, 2021. All feedback, especially from residents who live within the impacted areas of the proposed route, is encouraged and will help Council determine the best course of action. In September, Council has committed to discussing the proposed route in Lindsay, as well as exploring other options for off road vehicle access across the municipality.

  • ORV Task Force discusses recommendations for Lindsay and Bobcaygeon

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    At the June 1 Committee of the Whole meeting, the ORV Task Force brought forward proposed routes for Lindsay and Bobcaygeon.

    Council endorsed one route through Lindsay to allow ATVs to link between trails as a two year pilot program, to be reviewed after one year. The route would be as follows: Trail Head to Logie Street, Logie Street to King Street, King Street to Lindsay Street, Lindsay Street to Wellington Street, Wellington Street to Victoria Avenue, Victoria Avenue to Elgin Street, Elgin Street to Angeline Street, Angeline Street to Thunderbridge Road.

    Council has decided to resume the discussion for Bobcaygeon, as well as other areas within the municipality, later this fall with a report back by the end of the year.


  • Off Road Vehicle Task Force presents recommendations and announces second public meeting

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    Kawartha Lakes – At the May 4 Committee of the Whole meeting, the proposed recommendations from the Off Road Vehicle (ORV) Task Force were presented to Council. The purpose of the ORV Task Force is to provide advice on the use of off road vehicles on municipal roads and to identify safe ways to connect existing trail linkages across the municipality.

    The presentation began with an overview from Bryan Robinson, Director of Public Works, who delivered a brief history of the existing By-law and the changes in legislation that came forward surrounding ORV use in January 2021. Robinson summarized the public input which ranged from over 2000 survey responses, 300 emails and comments from the March 19 public meeting. Following, Councillor Pat Dunn, Chair of the ORV Task Force, walked through the proposed recommendations, explaining the Task Force’s rationale behind each statement.

    Council heard from members of the public who brought forward further correspondence, both for and against the Task Force’s work. Councillor Dunn summarized the comments coming forward, including concerns around the health and safety of all users on municipal roads as well as enforcement and environmental factors.

    In his address to Council, Councillor Dunn noted “The Task Force is open to continuing to work with staff and Council to determine the best course of action for the entire community. We have done our due diligence to ensure that safety was always a priority in our discussions, but understand that there is still hesitation from some to move forward with the proposed routes.”

    The following motions were proposed and carried:

    • Any pilot program that is initiated will have a two-year term with a review after one year
    • Any roads that will allow ORV use will only permit access between 7am and 9:30pm, from May 1 to November 30

    In regard to the discussion around which roads and routes to proceed with, the following were carried:

    • Use of ORVs on rural roads be referred back to the Task Force for review in September with a report back to Council in Q4.
    • Road linkage between Bethany and the Ganaraska Forest be referred back to the Task Force for review, alongside staff, and brought back for discussion in September 2021
    • The proposed commercial route in Bobcaygeon be referred back to the Task Force for finalization and brought back for discussion at the June 1 Committee of the Whole meeting
    • The proposed route connecting the trail linkages through Lindsay be referred back to the Task Force for finalization and brought back for discussion at the June 1 Committee of the Whole meeting
    • Any additional proposed routes in Lindsay be referred back to the Task Force for review and brought back for discussion in September 2021

    The Task Force will be hosting a second public meeting on May 20, 2021 at 10am. The meeting will be held virtually and will be livestreamed on the municipality’s YouTube channel. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the proposed routes in Bobcaygeon and Lindsay. The Task Force is asking any residents who wish to bring forward recommendations for the routes to email orvtaskforce@kawarthalakes.ca before 12pm on May 14.

    All past correspondence, including a summary of the public survey and past Task Force meetings are available for public access on the ORV Task Force’s Jump In project page.

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  • Revised Task Force Recommendations

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    ORV Task Force Recommendations

    April 19, 2021

    Definition: For the purpose of this Task Force the term ORV applies solely to All Terain Vehicles (ATVs) and Side by Sides (SxSs).

    Side by Sides to be permitted in conjunction with access to the VRTC, save and except east of Sturgeon Rd. and north of Pigeon Lake Rd., as well as south of Hwy 7A.

    For the purpose of this Task Force, we recognize that ATVs and SxSs are not for general transportation but to encourage people to enjoy the use of permitted trails.

    General Recommendations:

    1. Open up rural roads excepting those deemed unsafe by the City staff and committee
    2. Establish a two-year pilot program to be reviewed and amended after the first year
    3. Permit operation of ATVs and SxSs (as approved in the current bylaw) on permitted City Roads between 7:00am and 9:30pm
    4. ATVs and SxSs Municipal Road access only permitted during the same time period as the trail system which runs from May 1st to December 1st.
    5. Require all operators of ATVs and SxSs to possess a valid KATVA or Affiliate membership.
    6. Must have a minimum of a valid G2 or M2 driver’s license.
    7. Must have valid vehicle license plate and valid insurance.
    8. Must meet all requirements under HTA Reg. 316/03.
    9. Increase communication and education to all ATV riders and non-riders about rules, regulations and safety.


    Bobcaygeon

    1. Permit operation of ATVs and SxSs on all roads within Village of Bobcaygeon save and except Bolton Street between Canal Street to King Street

    2. Require all operators of ATVs and SxSs within the Village of Bobcaygeon to possess a valid KATVA or Affiliate membership

    Lindsay:

    1. Recommended travel routes from Southern trail head to Northern trail head and vice versa

    Logie St.Trail Head

    • Logie St. to King St.
    • King St to Lindsay St.
    • Lindsay St. to Wellington St.
    • Wellington St. to Victoria Ave.
    • Victoria Ave. to Colborne St. W
    • Colborne St. W. to Angeline St. N
    • Angeline St. N to Thunder Bridge Rd.
    • Thunder Bridge Rd. to Trail Head

    Logie Street Trail Head

    • Logie St. to Lindsay St.
    • North on Lindsay St. to Wellington St.
    • Wellington St. to Victoria Ave.
    • Victoria Ave. to Colborne St. W
    • Colborne St. W. to Angeline St. N
    • Angeline St. N to Thunder Bridge Rd.
    • Thunder Bridge Rd. to Trail Head


    2. Ban operation of ATVs and SxSs on all City roads within the Town of Lindsay saved and except

    • Approved ATVs and SxSs connections routes
    • Russell St. from Lindsay St. to Victoria St.
    • Victoria Ave. from Russell St. to Wellington St. except during the period of the Farmer’s Market
    • Cambridge St. from Russell St. to Wellington St.
    • William St. from Russell St.to Wellington St.
    • Peel St. from Victoria Ave. to William St.

    3. Total prohibition on Kent St., and on Angeline St from Roosevelt St. to Colborne St. Operation of ATVs and SxSs on any street in Lindsay not approved be prohibited unless travelling directly to or returning from approved routes.

    4. Require all operators of ATVs and SxSs within the Town of Lindsay to possess a valid KATVA or Affiliate membership

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