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Week in review: September 18, 2017

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Consultations, feedback, and events

Vision Zero

  • Wide residential streets are dangerous. Why are they so common? (Streetsblog)
  • Science backs the safety of 30 km/h limits (Edmonton Journal)
  • When cyclists break the law for their own safety (Planetizen)
  • Where “jaywalking” is not a crime (Streetsblog)

Transit

  • Region looks for feedback on proposed GRT changes (Kitchener Post)
  • Bus network design is a “hot trend” (Human Transit)
  • Responding to public transit criticism (Planetizen)
  • The new bus campaigners (Transit Center)
  • Region calling on participants for affordable transit pass study (CBC)
  • Metrolinx promises greater transparency after GO station controversy (The Star)
  • Eglinton Crosstown makes infrastructure exciting again (Globe and Mail)

Cycling

Our favourite cafe and bike shop, the Berlin Bicycle Café, announced it will be closing at the end of the month. Drop by and show them some love.

Kitchener is seeking up to $600,000 in funding from provincial cap and trade funds for cycling infrastructure, including protected bike lanes for Wilson Ave.

  • If you have safe lanes, people will cycle (The Record)
  • How do you design an effective bike lane barrier (CityLab)
  • How Dutch biking changed the way I ride (Beyond the Automobile)
  • The ‘miracle pill’: how cycling could save health care (The Guardian)
  • Ontario to add more secure bike parking at GO stations (Ontario)
  • Why few people bike to and from transit, and what we can do to change that (Alta Planning & Design)

What others are doing:

  • Montreal to invest $150 million in ambitious 5-year bike plan (Daily Hive)
  • Portland will maintain 25% bike mode share goal by 2035 (Bike Portland) – by contrast, the Region’s goal is just 3% by 2031
  • 2017 summer sees record cycling volumes across five major routes in Vancouver (City of Vancouver)
  • Bike commute growth has levelled off, but some cities still show the way (People for Bikes)

Land use

  • OMB OKs parking reduction for Galt apartment building (Cambridge Times)
  • Cities aren’t using their key tool for climate action: urban planning (Cityscope)
  • How to build better burbs to ease the housing crunch (The Tyee)
  • Seattle neighbourhood is preparing now for 2031 light rail station (Next City)

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Week in review: September 11, 2017

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Week in review: September 5, 2017

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Week in review: August 26, 2017

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Week in review: August 19, 2017

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The inevitable consequence of failing to design intersections for people who bike

Yesterday, a 12 year old was struck by a transport truck while cycling through the intersection of Hespeler and Can-Amera Parkway. (A GoFundMe page has been set up by a family friend to assist the family as he recovers.) We don’t have many details at this point what happened, although police suggest the child may have been riding on the sidewalk before entering the roadway.

There is a multi-use pathway along the south side of Can-Amera. We don’t know if the victim had been using this path, or had intended to use it. But the way in which this path meets the intersection should raise some uncomfortable questions among our local traffic engineers. It, like many similar paths throughout the Region, lacks a proper way to cross the intersection on a bike.  (more…)

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Week in review: August 12, 2017

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Week in review: August 5, 2017

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Week in review: July 29, 2017

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