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Consultations, feedback, and events
- PEDESTRIANS: Feedback on ION from the Social Development Centre Waterloo Region
- Volunteer Committees:
- CLIMATE ACTION: Imagine Our Future survey
- UW BIKE AUCTION: Sept 27 12-1pm
- ION FIX-IT LIST: What details need correcting?
- CAMBRIDGE: Transportation Master Plan
- KITCHENER: Urban forest – “speak for the trees,” comments due Oct 20
- BARRIERS: Highway 7/8 multi-use trail crossing
- REGION: Trade-offs in transportation
On Wednesday, the province announced new legislation intended to protect vulnerable road users. The changes include a new charge under the Highway Traffic Act for careless driving causing death or bodily harm with a fine up to $50,000, increased fines and a 3-day license suspension for distracted driving, and increased fines for failing to yield to pedestrians.
- A good start, but still more to do for vulnerable road users (Toronto Centre for Active Transportation)
- New fines won’t solve the distracted driving problem (Globe and Mail)
- Design better roads and cars. That’s how we solve distracted driving (Globe and Mail)
- Woolwich wants the Region’s support for crosswalk at farmer’s market (The Record)
- The US should go Dutch – in roadway policy and design (The Eno Center for Transportation)
- Why you shouldn’t trust media coverage that blames pedestrians for being struck (Streetsblog)
- Why did the senior cross the road? (Strong Towns)
Good news! The Berlin Bicycle Café is staying open! It sounds as though the bike shop is going to be scaled down to mostly covering seasonal repairs, but the bike-friendly café and events will continue.
Radio host and columnist Mike Farwell decided to find out what the fuss was over his column on cycling behaviour by riding his bike to work for a week. (“The fuss” was covered in our September 5 post.) Fortunately for him, the experience was pleasant. Unfortunately, he took his positive experience to dismiss the negative experiences and concerns of others who bike (or would like to) in his latest column, essentially telling them to tough it out with the “right attitude” where infrastructure is lacking.
It’s a stark contrast to where our understanding of cycling safety is headed. In the past, Vehicular Cycling, the notion that people who bike are safest when they ride in the roadway like vehicles rather than on separated paths, has held sway in North American planning. However, a dominant theme of last week’s International Cycling Safety Conference, including two of the keynotes, was that Vehicular Cycling has failed. Peter Furth talked at length about how Vehicular Cycling has had a stranglehold on the engineering profession but is supported with bad data, and the way forward with low stress cycling networks. Bill Schultheiss (in a related panel shortly before the conference) also talked about undoing the damage of vehicular cycling, saying it has led to a culture of victim-blaming.
Meanwhile, Robin Mazumder considers the privilege inherent in Farwell’s column as he reflects on the need to consider diverse perspectives and challenges when designing urban streets and spaces.
- Research abstracts from the 6th International Cycling Safety Conference
- Build it and they will come? Why Britain’s 1960’s cycling revolution flopped (The Guardian)
- Fort Collins just built 5 miles of bikeway for less than $1 million – here’s the trick (People for Bikes)
- Want Amazon’s new HQ in your town? Gotta have bike lanes, says Amazon (People for Bikes)
- Second ION train ships Monday, two more expected next month (The Record)
- Your questions about LRT answered (CTV News)
- Sidewalks and “the last mile” problem (Torontoist)
- Despite a new long-term plan, Metrolinx is still playing catch-up (TVO)
- The Next Big Move: (I) Overview (Steve Munro)
- Apartments, townhouses dominate latest Kitchener growth numbers (The Record)
- The cost of delaying development (Waterloo Chronicle)
- Gowling to move into office tower in Innovation District (The Record)
- Mayor introduces idea of multiplex at Cambridge Centre mall (The Record)
- Kitchener holding an information session regarding changes to the downtown development charges exemption Sept 29
- The suburb of the future, almost here (NY Times)