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Cycling in Waterloo Region
Looking back at my photos I realize now that if the had just shifted the road to the north 1m or 2m then the WB lane would have aligned AND the EB would have room to continue going east without having to move the Ion signal arms.
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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(10-11-2018, 07:49 AM)Pheidippides Wrote: Looking back at my photos I realize now that if the had just shifted the road to the north 1m or 2m then the WB lane would have aligned AND the EB would have room to continue going east without having to move the Ion signal arms.

Which is super-easy because westbound traffic only needs one lane at the point, since it consists only of traffic making the right from Bridgeport/Caroline* plus a bus every few minutes turning left.

It’s not even like they made a trade-off and decided to give all the space to motor vehicles; it’s that they just do not care.

* Officially Caroline but anybody driving the stretch probably thinks of it as Bridgeport because it functions as such.
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(10-11-2018, 08:39 AM)ijmorlan Wrote:
(10-11-2018, 07:49 AM)Pheidippides Wrote: Looking back at my photos I realize now that if the had just shifted the road to the north 1m or 2m then the WB lane would have aligned AND the EB would have room to continue going east without having to move the Ion signal arms.

Which is super-easy because westbound traffic only needs one lane at the point, since it consists only of traffic making the right from Bridgeport/Caroline* plus a bus every few minutes turning left.

It’s not even like they made a trade-off and decided to give all the space to motor vehicles; it’s that they just do not care.

* Officially Caroline but anybody driving the stretch probably thinks of it as Bridgeport because it functions as such.

This is entirely on point, and this is the most frustrating thing.

Even when they're forced to care (building a bike lane) often a half ass job is done of it.

Not always the case (Waterloo Park for example), but we are predisposed to remember the bad, and there is lots to remember.
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(10-11-2018, 08:58 AM)danbrotherston Wrote:
(10-11-2018, 08:39 AM)ijmorlan Wrote: Which is super-easy because westbound traffic only needs one lane at the point, since it consists only of traffic making the right from Bridgeport/Caroline* plus a bus every few minutes turning left.

It’s not even like they made a trade-off and decided to give all the space to motor vehicles; it’s that they just do not care.

* Officially Caroline but anybody driving the stretch probably thinks of it as Bridgeport because it functions as such.

This is entirely on point, and this is the most frustrating thing.

Even when they're forced to care (building a bike lane) often a half ass job is done of it.

Not always the case (Waterloo Park for example), but we are predisposed to remember the bad, and there is lots to remember.

My guess is they are different designers. Waterloo Park was most likely done by City designers, whereas I’m guessing Erb St. was done by a Regional transportation road designer. Anyway we’re not asking for everything to be superb; we just want flagrantly abusive urban design not to be perpetrated, and it’s legitimate to insist that it not happen anywhere.

I think enthusiasm for appropriate transportation design varies enormously among municipal staff. I recall the person who provided updates on the Waterloo Park project also regularly tweeted about related issues, and I felt like he was “one of us” (not literally, as I’m not aware that he posts here, but figuratively). By contrast it’s quite clear that many of our Regional designers wish they were working for Robert Moses.
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Guys, seriously, bring this up to local media. Make it a public issue.
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What level of government is responsible for this?
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(10-11-2018, 07:47 PM)Spokes Wrote: What level of government is responsible for this?

It varies, but the most reliable offender is the Region, as it is in this case.

As for bringing it to the media's attention, it's very hard to get the right message.

The problems with the uptown bike lanes have more or less come out as "we hate bike lanes"...not "these bikelanes have easily correctible design flaws".
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Starting something on Twitter can't hurt. Lets hope for some RTs and the attention of the Region
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