Normally I'd second Clasher's recommendations. From Waterloo to Kitchener, take Allen to Moore Ave (and maybe Waterloo St) to Guelph St, and Margaret (which, theoretically, has fairly long bike lanes) to the Centre in the Square.
But since the Margaret St. Bridge is out of service indefinitely, I'm taking Allen to Moore, then Waterloo St. all the way to Kitchener, or possibly turning off and taking Duke, depending on where I'm going.
Friend that lives on Lorraine said that city is going to add bike lanes and will now be only 2 lanes. I wonder if they can still park on the road and it's going to be crazy when the kids go back to school.
As a user of Davenport on both bike and car, I can tell you that the reduction from four to two lanes plus bike lanes has had zero effect on my drive time (perhaps reducing speeding for others). It has allowed me to use it as a bike option, however, opening a previously inaccessible commute to my cycling.
I believe it is the opposite - the vulnerable parked cars will be protected from drivers by the cyclists, always given space as they are by drivers.
It seems like a good idea, I know, to protect cyclists with a row of cars, but it doesn't work. Think about the visibility to a turning vehicle of cyclists moving behind a row of parked cars . Also, drivers are more likely to shoulder check before opening their door (not wanting to lose their door to oncoming cars) than passengers who will swing that door open in front of a moving cyclist. And what happens when a cyclist wants to turn left but is blocked by parked cars?
^That is the main argument against placing cycle lanes between the sidewalk and parked cars. Visibility is sacrificed, which can prove even more unsafe than our current cycling setup.
Plus, have you ever tried to ride in a gap that sized? most of the time it is a balancing act trying to avoid mirrors, and poorly parked cars, that most bicyclists would avoid.
Simple design enhancements could mitigate the dooring, visibility and intersection issues you all bring up.
Cycle lanes protected by rows of parked cars are much safer than the painted line approach we are used to, assuming they are well engineered:
I think we need to remember the context and budgetary climate that the Lorraine bike lanes will be built in. These lanes will be in a suburban neighbourhood with a municipality investing slowly in cycling infrastructure, which means tools listed in the link above are highly unlikely to happen on Lorraine. Those tools can, however, be implemented in more urban areas where dooring is more likely to occur.
I went on a trip to California last week and happened to notice their bicycle infrastructure. It was pretty neat. In downtown Long Beach they have a one way ring road specifically built for bicycles. It has its own curbing making it separate from the regular roadway and it even has it's own signals.
In the marina/harbour area they have a dedicated bike path with two way traffic and a pedestrian lane to the side.
Also they have what looks to be a bike share right next to the bus stop area. I suspect there is a bike share here as everyone appears to be riding the same kind of bike all over the city.
Anyhow, I took these pictures in the event someone is interested in looking at them.
They finally repainted the bike lanes on Margaret Ave yesterday from Union to Breithaupt. The lines had worn off in the spring and made the street a confusing free for all with no clear indication of where road users should be.
They have added some markings at a couple intersections to discourage drivers turning onto Margaret from cutting the corners and driving through the bike lane. They also removed the parking spaces in front of the Grace Lutheran church and placed the lane against the curb.
I know the city's transportation staff was unhappy with the look of the bike lanes from last year even before they were worn down (the result of painting them on too late). Hopefully these work out better. I understand Margaret is due for a resurfacing next year, which will mean an opportunity to re-paint again with even better materials.
Last edited by JaySee; 09-11-2013 at 10:59 AM. Reason: quote
The city of Waterloo recently announced a plan for cycling improvements over the next three years. The main items are:
- Improvements to Trans-Canada Trail and "Interior Trail Loop" (see map below)
- New bike racks
Project details: http://www.waterloo.ca/atprogram/
Map of trail improvements: http://www.waterloo.ca/en/contentres...T_AREA_MAP.pdf
Open house for trail improvements:
Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Waterloo City Centre (City Hall)
100 Regina Street South
If you cycle any portions of the trails below I urge you to attend the open house and voice your support, and contribute with your own suggestions!
A bit shocked that one of the hardest crossings, University (east), is not slated for crossing improvements. Even a refuge island would be a great help.
list of improvements that council approved: "Construction of a pedestrian refuge island on University Avenue at Carter Avenue in order to facilitate pedestrian crossings for the Hillside Park Trail").
But you're the second person I know who spotted that!
Anyway, that crossing island should have been built already but the whole reconstruction project was delayed from 2013 to 2014 to coincide with the overpass work on University at the expressway. But it's an improvement the city doesn't have to consider as part of this plan.
Good to hear! But it would be helpful for the City to include that very important detail in their map, even as a regional responsibility. The region is only responsible for GRT, but somehow they figured it would be worthwhile to point out that the new terminal would also host Greyhound/Coach Canada, VIA, and GO Transit...