Changing Lanes

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The City of Mississauga’s Changing Lanes Project will update, develop and implement new tools for staff, developers, and other street providers to ensure our streets are safe and more convenient for all users. The Changing Lanes project will:

  • Develop a new street classification system, to be included in Mississauga’s Official Plan
  • Deliver Complete Streets guidelines for streets in Mississauga, updating our approach to street planning and design
  • Determine a prioritized list of street improvement projects to help efficiently deliver safer, more complete, streets
  • Undertake a thorough review and update of our road engineering design standards

COVID-19 Community Engagement Update: While we continue to respond to this pandemic, we are working hard to deliver essential services and projects to keep our City moving and safe. While we can’t connect in-person at this time, we still want to connect! Please find on this site the ways you will be kept updated on this project's progress.


At-a-Glance: Complete Streets

Complete Streets guidelines and policies work to ensure that multiple types of street users can be accommodated and feel comfortable and safe sharing our streets. This includes pedestrians, cyclists, public transportation users and drivers. Measures can include installing cycling facilities, building sidewalks (where not already existing), adding dedicated public transit lanes, and implementing measures to slow down traffic.


The City of Mississauga’s Changing Lanes Project will update, develop and implement new tools for staff, developers, and other street providers to ensure our streets are safe and more convenient for all users. The Changing Lanes project will:

  • Develop a new street classification system, to be included in Mississauga’s Official Plan
  • Deliver Complete Streets guidelines for streets in Mississauga, updating our approach to street planning and design
  • Determine a prioritized list of street improvement projects to help efficiently deliver safer, more complete, streets
  • Undertake a thorough review and update of our road engineering design standards

COVID-19 Community Engagement Update: While we continue to respond to this pandemic, we are working hard to deliver essential services and projects to keep our City moving and safe. While we can’t connect in-person at this time, we still want to connect! Please find on this site the ways you will be kept updated on this project's progress.


At-a-Glance: Complete Streets

Complete Streets guidelines and policies work to ensure that multiple types of street users can be accommodated and feel comfortable and safe sharing our streets. This includes pedestrians, cyclists, public transportation users and drivers. Measures can include installing cycling facilities, building sidewalks (where not already existing), adding dedicated public transit lanes, and implementing measures to slow down traffic.

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    Does this new classification system eliminate levels of service, which is a system more appropriate for highways than local streets.?

    Mark asked about 1 month ago

    The new classification system will introduce a set of objectives for Mississauga's streets. These objectives will ensure that our streets are safe and comfortable for all modes of travel and respond to their surrounding context. Through this classification system and the new Complete Streets Guidelines, traffic level of service will be just one piece of evidence, among many, considered when designing and operating our streets.

    Beyond Changing Lanes, and regarding traffic level of service specifically, through our Transportation Master Plan, we've committed to reviewing and updating our Traffic Impact Study Guidelines (Action #5). Part of this review is to make sure that other modes, such as walking and cycling, are fully considered through the development review process. We'll be finalizing this review shortly. Also, staff are tracking developments province-wide, including the development of a multi-modal level of service guideline by the Ontario Traffic Council. This guideline will provide recommended approaches to measure the level of service of each mode on a street.

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    When will the 2nd line bridge open? Over the last few weeks there have been several attempts at using the bridge prior to signs and fences being removed (which seems to be completed) by folks eager to utilize the link over the 401, only to be faced the next day with fences re-erected and signage enforced. In this time of confinement due to COVID-19, and folks using bicycles more and more I feel like the city could do more in terms of opening the bridge for use. What's the hold up?

    wallace asked 3 months ago

    The Ministry of Transportation for Ontario has opened the multi-use trail and Second Line active transportation bridge. Outstanding work includes line painting, signage, and landscaping which will be done while the trail is open.

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    Will there be a complete breakdown of each Phase in a written report (published/online) to determine what decisions were made and rationale behind said decsions?

    Talha asked 3 months ago

    A Complete Streets Guidelines document and corresponding report will describe the decisions made and their rationale. This will be presented to Council for their endorsement and published online.

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    Is stormwater management - and Low Impact Development in particular - being considered as a component of complete street design?

    Melanie Kramer, CVC asked 3 months ago

    Yes: Low Impact Development and stormwater management recommendations will be part of our Complete Streets Guidelines.

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    How does this project connect to the City’s Strategic Plan?

    4 months ago

    The goal of Changing Lanes is to reduce private automobile dependence in our growing City. This aligns with the City’s Strategic Plan, and is supported by several key strategic objectives:

    • Increase transportation capacity
    • Provide mobility choices
    • Maintain a safe city
    • Support older adults so they are able to stay in their homes as they age (aging in place)
    • Develop in a ‘pedestrian first’ manner
    • Develop a transit-oriented city
    • Create great public spaces
    • Deliver infrastructure in a sustainable way
    • Promote a green culture
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    What are Complete Streets guidelines?

    4 months ago

    Complete Streets guidelines help city-builders provide Complete Streets by describing flexible, context-sensitive, and multi-modal approaches to street design, maintenance, and operation. For example, they provide policy support and guidance for installing cycling facilities, building new sidewalks, adding dedicated public transit lanes, and implementing traffic calming measures.

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    What are Complete Streets?

    4 months ago

    Complete Streets guidelines help city-builders provide Complete Streets by describing flexible, context-sensitive, and multi-modal approaches to street design, maintenance, and operation. For example, they provide policy support and guidance for installing cycling facilities, building new sidewalks, adding dedicated public transit lanes, and implementing traffic calming measures.

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    Will there be in-person opportunities to engage?

    4 months ago

    Face-to-face engagement will be considered when it becomes safe to gather in public, and staff’s key priority is to ensure that engagement is universal and equitable.

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    How can I get involved in this project?

    4 months ago

    There will be opportunities for the public to provide input during the project. We recommend that you sign-up for project updates to be notified when these opportunities arise. You may unsubscribe from these emails at any time.

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    How does this project connect to the Transportation Master Plan?

    4 months ago

    The City’s TMP establishes a clear vision for a future transportation system that is safe, inclusive, multi-modal, connected to place, environmentally conscious and ready for the future. The TMP specifically calls for new policy tools to govern the planning and design of streets and rights-of-way.