Week in review: September 11, 2017

Consultations, feedback, and events

School zone

The Kitchener Post reports on local school board and municipal efforts to increase walking to school, as the province announces $4 million in funding for walking school bus and bike to school programs.

Guelph is changing speed limits in school zones to 30 km/h. Kitchener’s school zones are only 40 km/h, which carries nearly twice the risk of severe injury in a pedestrian collision as 30 km/h impacts. Based on the response to past advocacy efforts of local community groups, the Region doesn’t appear interested in changing speeds at all along Regional roads near schools.

Moving forward

Consultations resume next week on the update to the Region’s Transportation Master Plan. As part of its work, the Region plans to study three scenarios: committed and planned projects (continuing the status quo), increased transit and active transportation, and potential futures with “new mobility” (autonomous cars, ride-hailing, etc).


Public consultations for proposed 2018 transit route changes begin next week. (Survey is also available online.) We note from the materials that there is still no connection shown between the 202 University iXpress and ION, or between the 202 and the rationalized route 7.

  • Basics: the high cost of peak-only transit [Human Transit]
  • Speed vs coverage: how do metro systems decide how to space their stops [CityMetric]
  • How network structure can boost and shape the demand for bus transit [Transportation Research]
  • Slides from Metrolinx presentation to Regional Council [Metrolinx]
  • Fare policy vs ticketing [Human Transit]
  • GTHA fare integration [Metrolinx]
  • A lean, green, well-branded transport machine – Toronto’s GO Transit [TransportDesigned]


The Social Development Centre Waterloo Region is seeking public feedback on pedestrian access around ION. Kitchener appears poised to approve traffic calming for Doon Mills Drive that includes a raised crossing and narrowed intersections.


Continuing from the conversation about behaviour, infrastructure, and cycling safety over the last few weeks, Robin Mazumder shares his thoughts: “Finger wagging at people who cycle to follow road rules in a city with no separated bike lanes is like telling someone to stay in their swim lane when they’re drowning in the pool.” He invites ideas on how to best move forward with transforming local cycling infrastructure. TriTAG has something brewing in that regard, so stay tuned!

  • I am not a cyclist [Modacity]
  • Cycling from Kitchener Waterloo to Guelph [RideCycleSpin]
  • Transportation safety establishment finally starting to understand bicycling [Streetsblog]
  • Sharp rise in NY cyclists linked to roll-out of bike lanes [Transportation Xtra]
  • Can a bike-friendly city be disability-friendly too? [Strong Towns]
  • What went wrong with this goofy bike lane [Streetsblog]

Land use

  • ‘Animating Waterloo Region’ project asks community to help map vibrant public spaces [CBC]
  • Highrise plans make good sense [The Record]
  • Trying to stop prime farmland from being ‘entombed forever’ [The Star]
  • Oh, no! Is the urban revival really over? [City Observatory]
  • On college campuses of the future, parking may be a relic [NY Times]
  • Meme weeding: land value capture [Pedestrian Observations]

Road ahead

  • New highway 7 delayed again (womp womp) [The Record]
  • The high cost of owning and driving a car [The Record]
  • Reimagining our roads [Curbed]
  • The future of driverless cars is a bus [The Outline]