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Week in review: January 15, 2018

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Consultations, feedback, and events

Sidewalk slip-n-slide

  • Abominable snow maintenance and its implications on community accessibility (Robin Mazumder)
  • Time to have a conversation about sidewalk clearing (Waterloo Chronicle)
  • City should clear sidewalks as a way of improving accessibility (Waterloo Chronicle)
  • How to make snow-bound cities less of a frozen hell for people with disabilities (Fast Company)
  • We need some creative solutions to snow clearing (Kitchener Post)

Transit

  • Testing across the entire ION light rail route (Region of Waterloo)
  • GRT piloting buses with driver shields (GRT)
  • The secret behind Brampton’s transit success (TVO)
  • Toronto cleared cars off its biggest transit street, and ridership soared almost overnight (Streetsblog)
  • LRT officials optimistic for spring launch (570 News)
  • TTC prepares ‘Plan B’ after delays to Bombardier streetcar order (The Star)
  • What did we learn in 2017? (Remix)
  • Climate change + transit (TransitCenter)

Crossing the street

  • FHWA rescission of interim approval of rectangular rapid flashing beacons (Alta Planning + Design)
    It’s not clear at this point if these changes in the US will affect Ontario’s guidance for pedestrian crossovers.
  • ‘A different kind of guy’: New film tells tale of the Bridgeport General (CBC)

Cycling

  • Easy being green: navigating KW’s bike lanes (Community Edition)
  • The safe way to ride your bike in winter (CityLab)
  • Can dockless bikeshare pump cycling’s diversity? (CityLab)
  • Removing cycle lanes no solution to bike safety issues (Advocate Daily)
  • Five things we learned from Calgary’s new cycling data (Calgary Herald)

The shape of our cities

  • What triggered the decade of ‘dramatic change’ in downtown Kitchener? Carl Zehr weighs in (CBC)
  • What California can teach the GTA about urban density (TVO)
  • Scooch over: Toronto has room for more density, study says (The Star)
  • What would a women-led city look like? This urban anthropologist wants to start that conversation (Generocity)
  • Walkable parking: how to create park-once-and-walk districts (Reinventing Parking)

Tactical urbanism

  • A crash course in tactical urbanism (Strong Towns)
  • How a mid-sized Canadian city became the envy of urban planners (Curbed)

Vision Zero

  • Police, public must do better to beat impaired driving (The Record)
  • Lowering speed limits on all city streets will save lives (The Star)
  • Why drivers may fail to see motorcycles in plain sight (Science Daily)
  • Sustainable and safe: a vision and guidance for zero road deaths (World Resources Institute)
  • A new traffic safety paradigm (Planetizen)
  • Pedestrian death prompts calls for increased safety measures (Metro)

The road ahead

  • To measure the ‘Uber effect,’ cities get creative (CityLab)
  • Can cities embrace innovation without sacrificing public health and safety? (Next City)
  • Microtransit: How cities are, and aren’t, adapting transit technology (Curbed)
  • Driverless cars being eyed for Ontario roads (The Record)
  • Some of the funnier (less obvious) implications of driverless cars (Driving Towards Driverless Cars)

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A few weeks in review: January 8, 2018

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Consultations, feedback, and events

The “sidewalk ice dancing”

(with apologies to Jane Jacobs)

If you walk somewhere in winter, you’re not likely to get very far without encountering ice or uncleared snow on the sidewalk – even when there’s been no snow in the last few days. That’s the findings of our just-released winter sidewalk study. Last February, we invited volunteers to help us measure how accessible Kitchener’s sidewalks were. Our numbers show that cities’ system of having adjacent property owners clear sidewalks severely restricts winter mobility. Read the report here. (Coverage in the Record, CBC, CTV, Kitchener Post)

  • Falls on ice seriously injure Albertans at triple the rate of people in Ontario (CBC)
    Because most Ontario cities (but not ours) clear their sidewalks, rather than leave it up to adjacent property owners.
  • Paying attention to the mundane policy issues (Policy Options)

Transit changes and funding

Grand River Transit’s 2018 winter service schedule begins Monday. Meanwhile, plans are being made to launch the 205 Ottawa iXpress route on April 30.

The province has announced $10,454,575 from its gas tax funds for transit in Waterloo this year. That’s up about $400,000 from last year, (but only $100,000 from the 2016.)

  • What Elon Musk doesn’t get about urban transit (CityLab)
  • Whistler slashes bus fares, turns to public transit to beat congestion (CBC)

ION testing (of trains and patience)

The first outdoor powered tests of an ION vehicle took place December 19. Our fourth vehicle, train 503, was delivered to Waterloo, while train 501 was sent back for repairs.

Meanwhile, Metrolinx cut their order of Bombardier light rail vehicles in half, which has local officials optimistic this will allow the company to focus on completing our order. They have also failed to meet scaled back targets for TTC streetcar delivery.

Vision Zero

  • Pedestrian hit by pickup truck, charged for walking on road (CTV)
    Wonder how well the sidewalk had been cleared of snow…
  • Pedestrian struck and killed in Wellesley (The Record)
  • Elderly pedestrian seriously hurt in crash (CTV)
  • Fewer impaired charges, but far fewer RIDE checks (The Record)
  • Is your city committed to Vision Zero, or just paying lip-service? (Streetsblog)

Bike networks

  • Calgary sees big increase in the number of winter cyclists (Global)
    After building a network of protected lanes downtown
  • 2017: The year America’s institutions got into all-ages bike networks (People for Bikes)
  • ‘A rolling walking stick’: why do so many disabled people cycle in Cambridge? (Guardian)
  • Berlin’s upcoming bike revolution (CityLab)
  • Top 15 cycling neighborhoods in Canada (City Clock Magazine)

Rethinking streets

The shape of our cities

  • Boom time: $1.2 billion in building permits expected for downtown Kitchener (The Record)
  • Governance strategies to achieve transit-oriented development (Ryerson City Building Institute)
  • Changes will come slowly despite OMB reforms (The Star)
  • Ditch the drive? Here’s what Americans would give up to live in walkable communities (Realtor)
  • The race in the Greater Golden Horseshoe (The Agenda on Politics)
  • King Street complainers need to remember why they’re on King Street (Sean Marshall)
  • How ‘not in my backyard’ became ‘not in my neighbourhood’ (The Upshot)

The road ahead

  • Who owns urban mobility data? (CityLab)
  • Why can’t Uber make money? (Forbes)
  • People aren’t ready for self-driving cars (CityLab)
  • Self-driving cars have hit peak hype – now they face the trough of disillusionment (Wired)

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Week in review: December 18, 2017

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Week in review: December 11, 2017

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Week in review: November 27, 2017

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Week in review: November 21, 2017

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Week in review: November 13, 2017

How the Region isn’t pursuing Vision Zero, ION trains on the move, new trails, and more in this week’s review.

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Week in review: November 6, 2017

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