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Cycling in Waterloo Region
So today the regional transporation master plan passed. Berry Vrbanovic promised that more work would be done on people's safety and cycling. Elizabeth Clarke also ased if more needed to be done to build better roads. End of the day though, staff added a little question and answer paper to the start of the document and a map of eventual cycle lanes to the back and the document passed. Just as @danbrotherston said.

When I talk to councillors and even some staff, they tell me they need to see more advocacy. I get that you all care about the Uptown lanes, but seriously this was a way bigger issue and here was nothing. We will be staying the course for the next 5 years.
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On the positive side I had a pleasant-enough bike into work today. I've been off on a work trip the past week and so it was nice to see the progress on the various construction projects on my route in to work... well, on the projects that saw progress. The lack of movement on uptown's bike lanes was dispiriting, the dirt and detritus in the bike lanes were still a trial to avoid, the Central Promenade at Caroline is -still- a lift of asphalt away from being opened, and the design of Erb East of Caroline is the same nightmare as always...

But no one honked at me, invaded my space, or yelled. The weather is nice, and there are people on bicycles nearly everywhere I looked. The infrastructure and the law didn't get in the way of feeling safe and welcome. It felt fine.
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(Yesterday, 02:18 PM)chutten Wrote: On the positive side I had a pleasant-enough bike into work today. I've been off on a work trip the past week and so it was nice to see the progress on the various construction projects on my route in to work... well, on the projects that saw progress. The lack of movement on uptown's bike lanes was dispiriting, the dirt and detritus in the bike lanes were still a trial to avoid, the Central Promenade at Caroline is -still- a lift of asphalt away from being opened, and the design of Erb East of Caroline is the same nightmare as always...

But no one honked at me, invaded my space, or yelled. The weather is nice, and there are people on bicycles nearly everywhere I looked. The infrastructure and the law didn't get in the way of feeling safe and welcome. It felt fine.

Definitely was a great day to bike!

The park is looking incredible though, from the air, it looks positively dutch in it's implementation, (John Griffin had some photos).  Interestingly, it's also how I think we should build most roads..maybe slightly wider, but overall, 3 (or ~3.3) meters, instead of 4.5-5.5 for a separated carriageway is a much more approachable scale, and a far more environmentally friendly one--and clearly it's one that can be operationally maintained as this is going to be maintained.
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