City introduces new active transportation connection along Chilkoot Way
Whitehorse takes another step towards connectivity and accessibility with the creation of the All Ages and Abilities (AAA) route along Chilkoot Way, connecting the Two Mile Hill pathway with the Riverfront Trail.
Designed with a focus on accessibility, this innovative and inclusive active transportation route is set to transform the way residents and visitors experience our city. The route also encourages people of all ages and abilities to embrace healthier and more sustainable modes of transportation.
While this is a welcomed change, some motorists might have some questions about the newly redesigned Chilkoot Way.
What does the ‘X’ mean? The ‘X’ is in place for vehicles making left hand turns. Stopping before the ‘X’ will ensure there is enough space for long turning vehicles.
What is the speed limit? The temporary speed limit along Chilkoot Way is 30 km/h. This was not only an active transportation project, but also traffic calming project. Narrower lanes and sharper turns encourage drivers to slow down, while the new turning radius at all intersections greatly improves sight lines.
What about the yellow lines? Drivers can turn across a solid yellow line, but not a double solid line. The yellow lines guide motorists, as the intersections are not straight.
What about signal timing? Currently, all signals are on a cycle. Once signage is in place, traffic loops will be installed and signals will operate on a demand bases.
Who yields to who? Cars turning right onto Two Mile Hill will have to yield to pedestrians and cyclists using the crossings.
For cyclists wondering about the future of the connection:
• The line markings are complete, while concrete barriers and signage will be installed in the coming weeks.
• The route will be plowed for winter cyclists.
• The finished project will have a pushbutton actuation method at Two Mile Hill and Quartz Road intersections that will have cyclists following the pedestrian signal.
The new route is not just a pathway – it’s a celebration of inclusivity, health, and connection. This route caters to everyone, regardless of physical mobility, age or fitness level, and represents the City’s commitment to developing a more sustainable and accessible community.
In 2018, the City developed a Bicycle Network Plan, which established a long-term vision for the City’s bicycle network. Two of the important AAA corridors identified in the long-term bicycle network were Two Mile Hill and the Riverfront Trail.