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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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(06-19-2018, 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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Some nice photos of the current state of the Central Promenade:

https://twitter.com/uu_john/status/1009098095097856000
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Hopefully signage is clear about one side being a cycle path and the other a pedestrian path. In theory, Barrie has a similar setup on its waterfront, but it ended up being two mixed-use paths adjacent to each other, rather than having a separation of uses.
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Toronto’s waterfront trail consists of two for the most part, and in general people behave quite well... although joggers always seem to go on the cycle path. I get it... they have no “home” because they don’t like being held up by other people walking... but they’re obstacles (and unpredictable ones at that) on the cycle path. They drive me nuts.
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I have a positive biking story! I was waiting at the Ottawa/Homer Watson roundabout to cross as a pedestrian and there was a car and an OPP SUV in the roundabout. I was already rolling my eyes at the OPP officer who wasn't going to stop for pedestrians at the roundabout but instead the car went through and the officer put their lights on, waved at me and pulled the car over.
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(06-20-2018, 05:11 PM)robdrimmie Wrote: I have a positive biking story! I was waiting at the Ottawa/Homer Watson roundabout to cross as a pedestrian and there was a car and an OPP SUV in the roundabout. I was already rolling my eyes at the OPP officer who wasn't going to stop for pedestrians  at the roundabout but instead the car went through and the officer put their lights on, waved at me and pulled the car over.

OPP, that's very interesting.  I didn't think they could/would pull drivers over on regional roads.

Out of curiosity, how is it a biking story?  Were you biking through the roundabout?

In any case, positive story indeed!
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What are the top 5 "easy wins" our new municipal government(s) could do in their first year to improve cycling safety?

Here are my suggestions:
1)    Lower speed limits (i.e. 30kph on all residential streets).
2)    For all new and reconstructed road projects insist that they:
       a.    Have narrowed lanes (a reduced minimum and maximum lane widths).
       b.    Remove excessive lane capacity (road diet e.g. Belmont, Frederick/Benton, etc.)
       c.    Remove all on-street parking (replace with micro-off street spaces of appropriate scale e.g. Homewood).
3)    Like Calgary and Edmonton immediately create a minimum grid largely using existing infrastructure. Install protective measures on major cycling lanes to create a minimum grid (e.g. actual curbs, planter boxes, railing, etc.).
4)    Legitimize trail crossings; change the by-laws so that dismounting is not legally required to continue on a trail and paint some elephant feet markings.
5)    Narrow trail crossings (see John St example below to see crossing distance reduced nearly 50%).

   
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/advocate-wa...-1.3982094

Interesting piece regarding making Waterloo Region more bike/pedestrian friendly.
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(06-20-2018, 05:47 PM)danbrotherston Wrote:
(06-20-2018, 05:11 PM)robdrimmie Wrote: I have a positive biking story! I was waiting at the Ottawa/Homer Watson roundabout to cross as a pedestrian and there was a car and an OPP SUV in the roundabout. I was already rolling my eyes at the OPP officer who wasn't going to stop for pedestrians  at the roundabout but instead the car went through and the officer put their lights on, waved at me and pulled the car over.

OPP, that's very interesting.  I didn't think they could/would pull drivers over on regional roads.

Out of curiosity, how is it a biking story?  Were you biking through the roundabout?

In any case, positive story indeed!

Yes, sorry. It was on my bike commute into work. I unintentionally edited out one of the more salient points. I was riding on the Ottawa St MUTs and walking through the pedestrian crossing.
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