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Trails - rangersfan - 03-08-2015

A forum to discuss trails in Waterloo Region.


RE: Trails - rangersfan - 03-08-2015

Does anyone know if this stretch of the Walter Bean Trail will be completed?

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RE: Trails - plam - 03-08-2015

(03-08-2015, 08:32 AM)rangersfan Wrote: Does anyone know if this stretch of the Walter Bean Trail will be completed?

Has there actually been any construction on the Walter Bean trail in the past 5 years? I go on it sometimes but nothing seems to change very fast.


RE: Trails - Pheidippides - 03-08-2015

The pedestrian bridge over the grand connecting the Pioneer Tower neighbourhood to the Lower Doon neighbourhood was finished a few years ago was it not? And the connection to the Fairway bridge was also finished recently.


RE: Trails - ookpik - 03-08-2015

Some of the uncompleted sections of the WB trail remain uncompleted because they go on private land for which permission hasn't been granted and/or the land on which the official trail would run is subject to flooding or erosion. The section from Pioneer Tower by the golf course and on towards Hwy 8 is officially open but keeps getting shut down every year because of flooding/erosion problems.


RE: Trails - clasher - 03-10-2015

They lock the bridge to prevent people from using it during it winter it seems, or maybe that was the flooding issue rather than just a straight-up seasonal thing.


RE: Trails - Pheidippides - 05-14-2015

Apologies if this is the wrong thread, I could have sworn there was an Iron Horse Trail specific thread.

Have some automated trail user counters been installed along the IHT, at least along the portion between Queen and Union? I think I counted 3, and perhaps the rough markings for another.

They look like the one feature on this page:
http://www.eco-compteur.com/en/products/multi-range/multi-nature
(unrelatedly, their eco-totem seems like an interesting concept)


Also, the wayfinding sign on the IHT, northbound between Union and John seems incorrect. It says Waterloo is 10km further up the trail.


RE: Trails - timio - 05-14-2015

(03-10-2015, 09:12 PM)clasher Wrote: They lock the bridge to prevent people from using it during it winter it seems, or maybe that was the flooding issue rather than just a straight-up seasonal thing.

The bridge was originally locked during the winter due to the area being a bald eagle nesting habitat.  Not sure if there's been any change to the reasoning since then.  Source


RE: Trails - plam - 05-14-2015

(05-14-2015, 08:41 PM)Pheidippides Wrote: Apologies if this is the wrong thread, I could have sworn there was an Iron Horse Trail specific thread.

Have some automated trail user counters been installed along the IHT, at least along the portion between Queen and Union? I think I counted 3, and perhaps the rough markings for another.
I saw a sign about the IHT improvement strategy today: https://www.kitchener.ca/en/livinginkitchener/IronHorseTrail.asp


RE: Trails - clasher - 05-14-2015

City of Kitchener site Wrote:In 2015, the City of Kitchener is launching an Iron Horse Trail Improvement Strategy to explore potential improvements to the trail, including signage and wayfinding, picnic and seating areas, lighting, public art opportunities, enhanced natural features and more

I hope the "and more" part includes some sensible connections with the cross streets. The trail ends at Strange and there's just a sidewalk and a curb. The signs on Victoria tell cyclists to dismount and use the crosswalk. The intersection of the IHT, Stirling and Courtland was a wasted opportunity to actually design the intersection to accomodate the trail instead of just ignoring it. The rest of the southern section is a bit rough, especially crossing Kent it seems like they could install smooth curbs. I get that it's not a cyclist expressway but it's mostly used for transportation cycling so why not try to integrate it a bit better when it comes to crossing the streets. I think the intersection at Strange and Victoria could at least include some sharrows leading cyclists toward the left turn lane and stuff like that.