All posts by Mike Boos

Mike is a new homeowner and father, who walks, bikes, buses, and drives his son around Kitchener.
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Week in review: May 20, 2017

This week: major announcements from the province, including the Ontario Municipal Board, intensification, and high speed rail.

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Week in review: May 13, 2017

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Week in review: May 6, 2017

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Week in review: April 29, 2017

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On Thursday, the provincial government unveiled its 2017 budget. Keep reading to find out what it means for active transportation and transit, along with other news.

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Week in review: April 22, 2017

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Week in review: April 15, 2017

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Week in review: April 8, 2017

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Week in review: April 1, 2017

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Transit strike: we wish this was an April Fool’s joke, but it isn’t

UPDATE: Ok, so this is drifting into bad joke territory. A third tentative deal has been struck – if ratification fails Monday, then a strike will begin Wednesday April 5. Service continues as normal until then. 

Transit workers have rejected a second negotiated agreement with the Region, and plan on going on strike Monday April 3. Despite an offer of 6% wage increases over 3 years, the union citied working conditions and management practices as reasons for the strike. This will be the first strike in the history of Grand River Transit.

If you’re looking for an alternative to transit next week, the TravelWise website has a carpool finder. Inter-city buses will still be operating, but will be collecting passengers at the GO bus stop at Queen and Weber.

Things that are like bad April Fool’s jokes

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  • Sharrows
  • Bombardier delivery schedules
  • Parking minimums
  • Cyclist dismount signs
  • Road and highway widening to relieve congestion
  • Pedestrian ticketing blitzes
  • Autonomous cars, Hyperloop, and any other incomplete technology that gets used as an excuse to not invest in transit using the technology we possess today

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State of the bike 2017: new cycling infrastructure being built this year

Road construction season is around the corner. And with road construction comes bike lane and trail construction too.

We’ve pestered municipal staff, pored over capital budgets, and compiled together a list of all the cycling-related projects starting, continuing, or completing in 2017. In all, we’re counting at least 50 cycling related infrastructure projects underway this year in Waterloo Region. Check out the interactive map, and read the details of projects below.

Legend: bike lane, protected bike lane, off-road multi-use trail, boulevard multi-use trail, crossing/bridge, signed route, sharrows/”shared use”

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