June 12 is the last day to submit comments on the ‘new’ street plan for King Street, Waterloo. Make sure the city recognizes that we’re asking for protected bike lanes, not deathrows or painted gutters!
To be sure the city / regional team’s preference is against protected bike lanes (refer to Appendix D: Evaluation of Final Alternatives).
Make you voice heard!
Let’s build the community we want to live in for the next 20 years. Your voice is important! (Check out TriTAG’s bike uptown slide deck asking where you’d rather bike.)
New option – May 29 2013 (via City of Waterloo pdf)
Comments need to be sent by June 12th to:
King Street Streetscape Improvement Project (City of Waterloo)
Barb Magee Turner (City of Waterloo)
P. 519.747.8757 E. firstname.lastname@example.org
King Street North Reconstruction
Eric Saunderson (Regional Municipality of Waterloo)
P. 519-575-4746 E. email@example.com
Love new designs
I absolutely love the new designs, it’s true protected cycling at its core, but these need to be the preferred designs. If this is approved by City and Regional councils, it will absolutely change the culture of our uptown experience and set precedent for future cycling infrastructure improvements in our region and in our province.
One concern I have is that this plan is only for the King Street section north of Erb Street. South of Erb Street, which is about 100m to the tracks does not have any planned bicycle lanes. I’m worried that the lack of bicycle infrastructure south of Erb implies a lack of planned bicycle infrastructure along the LRT corridor south on King as well. I will be following up with the streetscape team on these concerns.
Another is I want to see a plan to measure the effectiveness of the streetscape improvements. What is the increase/decrease on revenue for businesses? What is the increase/decrease in motor vehicle traffic? Bicycle traffic? Pedestrian traffic? Large Vehicle traffic? What is the impact on our quality of life (neighbourhood desirability for live, work and play)?
The other area that comes to mind is the plan for snow removal on the planned improvements? I’m not an expert but I didn’t see areas in the plan that could be used for on streetscape storage. The implication is that snow has to be completely removed for the entire surface.
Lastly I have not heard where the Uptown BIA stands on these improvements. I just sent an email today to Patti Brooks Executive Director for the BIA (firstname.lastname@example.org) asking if the BIA has a formal position. I’m sure the BIA will have a big say in the preferred option that goes to the councils for vote.
A few pictures from our visit to public consultation on May 29th. A bunch of us met at Kitchener City hall and rode up through the proposed changes in Waterloo on our way to Waterloo City hall. Riding in the group of 10 or so cyclists really gave a feeling of increased safety.
Afterwards we hit Uptown for dinner. We had take-out from Tacofarm as our kids were famished needed the freedom that comes with backyard eating. You’ll notice my 7-seater bicycle below which is my mini-van killer, its a story for another post (babboe+chariot).