Protected Bike Lanes on King Street – Construction starts Spring 2017

Construction starts Spring 2017 on the Uptown King Street protected bike lanes. Unbelieveable, I’ve pinched myself a few times to make sure I’m not dreaming!  It’s been a long project, but did we (and by we, I mean you) ever change our city! (link to petition with over 1000 signatures who asked for a better design!)

I keep thinking if we are building these on King Street, we can build them anywhere … everywhere!

Next Step – Pre-Construction Public Information Centre – Jan 31 (city newsletter link)

The next step is a pre-construction public information centre at Waterloo City Hall January 31st at two times: 8am to 9.30am and 5pm to 7.30pm.

The purpose of the public information centre is to:

  1. Review the the final design details for the proposed 2017 improvements to King Street (ION tracks to Elgin Street);
  2. Learn about the planned construction timing for the project;
  3. Review how traffic will be affected during construction;
  4. Ask questions of staff from the City, Region and their consultants from IBI Group;
    and
  5. Provide any comments you may have at this time.

This project is way more than just protected bike lanes, it actually started 20 years ago as a street light upgrade project and the scope has just morphed to include projected bike lanes, amongst a whole slew of infrastructure upgrades.

Final Designs should be posted by the city Feb 1st 2017.

11 thoughts on “Protected Bike Lanes on King Street – Construction starts Spring 2017

      1. The public consultation confirmed the 2019 timeline. Apparently there are land acquisition difficulties facing the region.

        On the plus side, staff confirmed a previously unstated long term goal of continuous lanes on King St to connect with the northern MUTs.

  1. This is fabulous news!!! The work that Waterloo Bikes has done to bring this to pass is heroic!

    I’m looking forward to riding my bike safely throughout the Region. It can be done. It must be done.

    1. Thank you, there were many folks who made key contributions :) For me, my personal catalyst was a blog comment where a reader (another local blogger) said ‘I’d sign a petition if you made one’ … and the light bulb went off. City staff and elected officials want to know they are representing their citizens not just a vocal minority :P

      1. Something as simple as an online petition can go a long way! Thanks for putting in your time and energy to make this happen for our region.

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