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Cycling in Waterloo Region
Yeah, I think the roundabout is going to be weird. I'm not interested in going onto the sidewalk and across the pedestrian crossing, but reintegrating into road traffic from the separated bike lane looks like it will be tricky.
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(08-01-2018, 05:53 AM)jamincan Wrote: I don't think roll curbs will be as much of an issue on arterial streets like Columbia and University where on street parking is prohibited and lanes are wide. It's one situation where it might be a reasonable compromise to ease snow clearing.

I think the attitude of "well, it is better than nothing" or "it is better than what we had before" is part of the problem with not getting proper infrastructure. The community settles too easily for incremental progress. Do it right the first time.

We just got back from Montreal; it was my son's first visit there. We hadn't walked 500m after getting off the train and one of his first observations was the protected bike lanes (his second was the BIXI's) to which he said, "I'm thankful for our bike lanes at home, but if we had these lanes at home I would feel a lot safer and would ride everywhere!" If a child can get it, I don't know why the public and our leaders can't get it.
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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A Kitchener cyclist just posted on Reddit about a pickup truck driver trying to run them off the road and then coming at them with a tire iron. They're waiting for a WRPS officer to take their statement.

https://www.reddit.com/r/kitchener/comme...attempted/
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(08-03-2018, 04:35 PM)Bob_McBob Wrote: A Kitchener cyclist just posted on Reddit about a pickup truck driver trying to run them off the road and then coming at them with a tire iron. They're waiting for a WRPS officer to take their statement.

https://www.reddit.com/r/kitchener/comme...attempted/

Yikes!  That's only a block from my house.  I never had an experience that bad on strange street, but given it was a 40 km/h zone, with narrow lanes, I had plenty of vehicles pass me, then slow down and impede me (as I was speeding).

In better news, the City of Kitchener has a public consultation about trail improvements along Sydney and Bedford between the IHT and Courtland:

https://www.kitchener.ca/en/city-service..._democracy

My thoughts:

The Bedford improvements would be just fine, but I think there are improvements that could be made on Sydney.  At an absolute minimum, roll curbs could be used instead of sloped aprons in order to make the trail level.
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Quote:Update:

Still waiting for visit from officer. Just called non-emergency again and was told they've been very busy today. Not sure if they will visit before I go to bed in a couple hours. Was told that I should call before I go to bed if they haven't visited, and they will visit me tomorrow.

I share the pessimism of some of the commenters here that anything will come of this. However I do feel an obligation to see it through and to push it as much as I can.
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As usual the police response is completely worthless.

Quote:Update 2:

Just got a visit from an officer.

He was very understanding, but emphasized that because there were no witnesses, and because the driver's behaviour did not meet the threshold of criminal behaviour (according to the officer's interpretation of my story), there is really nothing they can do. My understanding of what the officer told me: driving at me with his car is only dangerous driving, and because he didn't verbally threaten me or swing at me with the tire iron, there's no criminal behaviour there either.

Additionally, the truck is apparently registered to a business out of town (the officer did not say where or which business), and the officer said that he might have difficulty tracking down the driver to speak with him.

Again, the officer was very understanding, but I think mostly he was attempting to prepare me for the realization that nothing would or could be done.

Extremely frustrating. Did I need to get seriously hurt or killed in this situation for anything to happen to this guy?

But, while I wish that people like this weren't on the road, I am glad that I emerged from this encounter uninjured. Thanks everyone for the kind words and support, it really means a lot!
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(08-04-2018, 02:57 AM)Bob_McBob Wrote: As usual the police response is completely worthless.

Quote:Update 2:

Just got a visit from an officer.

He was very understanding, but emphasized that because there were no witnesses, and because the driver's behaviour did not meet the threshold of criminal behaviour (according to the officer's interpretation of my story), there is really nothing they can do. My understanding of what the officer told me: driving at me with his car is only dangerous driving, and because he didn't verbally threaten me or swing at me with the tire iron, there's no criminal behaviour there either.

Additionally, the truck is apparently registered to a business out of town (the officer did not say where or which business), and the officer said that he might have difficulty tracking down the driver to speak with him.

Again, the officer was very understanding, but I think mostly he was attempting to prepare me for the realization that nothing would or could be done.

Extremely frustrating. Did I need to get seriously hurt or killed in this situation for anything to happen to this guy?

But, while I wish that people like this weren't on the road, I am glad that I emerged from this encounter uninjured. Thanks everyone for the kind words and support, it really means a lot!

HI

With the limited knowledge of your statement, any act means or gestures, and especially with a weapon,(to wit: tire Iron) is a criminal offence.  This should have been a priority call. There should have been a full investigation for dangerous driving and assault with a weapon.  I recommend that you contact the Staff Sergeant of the division that the incident occurred in.  If you are still met with a speech that seems to want to cover for the officer, then elevate to the Superintendent of the division.

this call for service was not handled properly.   You had suspect information and I assume you had the plate of the vehicle. This requires follow up at a minimum of talking to other involved party.  

If you have any other questions message me in private off the board.
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Just to be clear, the incident didn't happen to me, I' l'm relating the comments from the Reddit post. I sent the OP a link to your extremely helpful reply and invited them to follow up with you if necessary.
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(08-04-2018, 08:13 AM)Bob_McBob Wrote: Just to be clear, the incident didn't happen to me, I' l'm relating the comments from the Reddit post. I sent the OP a link to your extremely helpful reply and invited them to follow up with you if necessary.

ok,  sounds good...
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Seriously. A license plate and a very clear photo of the person with a weapon in his hand. That doesn't sound hard to track down the person at all.
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Replaced the cassette on one of my bikes this weekend; went from an 11-32 setup to 11-36 for a bit of a wider ratio. It's awesome!

Super-easy job with the right tools (thanks, Park Tool!).
For daily ion construction updates, photos and general urban rail news, follow me on twitter! @Canardiain
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I was passing by Old Mill Rd. today and noticed the bridge is completely open and it looks all done there... probably been open a while but I haven't been down that way in a while. Nice to see.
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Thanks for the update. I haven’t biked to work in a couple of weeks but was hoping to this week, and my last experience there with the sudden complete closure of the bridge left me somewhat unexcited to go back.
For daily ion construction updates, photos and general urban rail news, follow me on twitter! @Canardiain
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