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Name not shown inside City of Kitchener December 17, 2017, 9:47 PM

Q1. What do you like about Study Area 17: Uptown Waterloo?
A number of streets in need of cycling lanes available to choose from.


Q2. What challenges do you see with Study Area 17: Uptown Waterloo?
Study seems to focus on students too much. Not just students ride bikes. Young professionals, families, older adults, etc. all want safe places to ride.


Q3. What new issues or information do we need to consider?
Consider construction schedules and other confounding factors. Consider proximity to existing or future safe options. For example, Weber, although in need of lower speed limits, narrower lanes, and separated cycling lanes, would not be a good choice because the Forewell trail runs roughly parallel. Same with Albert, the Laruel trail runs roughly parallel. Regina and King would not be good sites because of the future separated lanes on King (and forthcoming construction).


Q5. Please tell us which design options for the study area should be considered. Please select all that apply.
Concrete barrier curbs, Concrete barriers, Concrete delineators, Planters, Grade separation, Flexible or fixed bollards (posts), Parking


Q8. How would you describe yourself? Choose all that apply.
Avid cyclist, Commute through study area, Waterloo Region resident, Other - Work in area.

Name not shown inside City of Kitchener December 16, 2017, 10:41 PM

What do you like about the additional route option (F2b-K3b)?
this route would serve more commercial areas than staying on the rail corridor entirely


What challenges do you see with the additional route option?
severe gradient going down Shantz hill-would land aquisition not be more costly this way?


What challenges do you see with the additional route options?
route should not deviate from Eagle st.Any route that veers away from residential and commercial areas makes no sense.


What new issues or information do we need to consider when evaluating the additional route options?
Can you not parallel the existing CPR line under the 401 coming out at Riverside park?Is the Shantz Hill/Fountain St. intersection very problematic?


What new issues or information do we need to consider when evaluating the additional route options and alternative terminal locations?
the rail corridor is going to be used by GO/Metrolinx for the Cambridge GO service,if my info is correct.

Name not shown inside Township of Woolwich December 16, 2017, 5:24 PM

Q1. What do you like about Study Area 17: Uptown Waterloo?
The area contains many significant destination points which will be beneficial to encouraging people to use the bike network in the area. The fact it also contains two universities should create an opportunity for larger use of this network by students and staff.


Q2. What challenges do you see with Study Area 17: Uptown Waterloo?
Since this area stays west of highway it may not do much to encourage those east of the highway to cycle into the uptown Waterloo area. Those that want to cycle into this area would be required to traverse across Bridgeport, University or Lexington in order to reach it. Given many potential cyclists are concerned about safety, the study area may not do much to encourage those with longer commutes to jump on a bike. It would have been interesting to see the results of having one protected bike lane on one of these major thoroughfares across the highway to see how much impact that would have on getting those further out to leave their vehicle at home and bike into the uptown Waterloo area.


Q3. What new issues or information do we need to consider?
If the goal is to encourage more people to cycle in and into this area, there will need to be other infrastructure available that will go along with the increased demand. This includes bike racks and other structures that cyclists can use to lock their bikes up while they are at work or running their errands. It may be interesting to encourage businesses in the area to create some cycling friendly elements within their facilities to further encourage their employees to ride their bike into work.


Q4. This map identifies Uptown Waterloo (Study Area 17). Please show us which road(s) within the study area boundary would be good candidates for separated bike lanes. Please be as specific as you can with the location and why you have made this choice.
Pin at 43.477344, -80.521367 (University is a major artery into and out of the uptown Waterloo area. There is significant high-rise housing along the east side of the study area and it passes both universities. This would be a good candidate for the test as it would provide a direct line from high density housing to these institutions that attract a high number of individuals.), Pin at 43.472709, -80.524192 (King St between University and Bridgeport would encourage cycling between these two major commercial areas in Waterloo. It would also create a network if University is used for an east/west corridor that would offer cyclists multiple routes on protected bike lanes and encourage travel of longer distances.)


Q5. Please tell us which design options for the study area should be considered. Please select all that apply.
Concrete delineators, Concrete roll curb or mountable curb, Grade separation, Flexible or fixed bollards (posts)


Q6. Please explain your choices above.
While the planters and high walls may provide a greater feeling of safety, my concern with these types of structures is that is can obscure the view of cyclists from the motorists. Since there will need to be gaps for driveways and intersections, there are opportunities for bikes and motor vehicles to come into contact along these bike lanes. Using lower barriers will provide clear delineation between the road and bike lanes yet still offer a clearer view of cyclists. This should help reduce the chances of a motor vehicle turning across the bike lane (to get into a driveway for example) and not seeing the cyclist riding in this lane.

Also, the painted lines or parked cars will not provide as much sense of safety for most. It also makes it easy for drivers to extend themselves into these spaces and/or potentially into the bike lane when driving or parking.


Q8. How would you describe yourself? Choose all that apply.
Would like to cycle more than I do now

Name not shown inside City of Kitchener December 16, 2017, 5:04 PM

Q1. What do you like about Study Area 17: Uptown Waterloo?
Despite living in downtown Kitchener, I think this is a reasonable study area, for the reasons given— lots of current active transportation use as well as potential in the Uptown/UW/WLU area.


Q2. What challenges do you see with Study Area 17: Uptown Waterloo?
The bottom half of it is still under construction— businesses may have little tolerance for more work.


Q5. Please tell us which design options for the study area should be considered. Please select all that apply.
Concrete barrier curbs, Concrete barriers, Concrete delineators, Planters, Parking


Q6. Please explain your choices above.
My preference is toward choices which do not give cars and delivery trucks an option to park in the cycle track, even for a minute. Paint-only lanes elsewhere in the city (Strasburg, East Ave) are subject to almost constant abuse in this regard, and it seems WRPS has no interest in enforcing a clear bike lane.

Obviously a fully separately lane needs to be ploughed separately from the road, but I think that's probably fine— the existing lanes elsewhere in the city are rarely if ever ploughed, so clearly it requires a separate specific effort to do it, regardless of whether the lane is part of the roadway or not.


Q7. Please tell us any other comments you have about this project.
Treatments at driveways and intersections are critical to get correct. A number of recent projects involving bike infrastructure (Manitou, Ottawa St) are catastrophically bad in this regard. Please ensure that outside consultants who properly understand the issues are involved at all stages of this endeavour— it's abundantly clear that the Region's own staff are not capable of doing this job without oversight.


Q8. How would you describe yourself? Choose all that apply.
Avid cyclist, Waterloo Region resident, Other - Four-season bike commuter elsewhere in the city.

Name not shown inside City of Kitchener December 15, 2017, 2:13 PM

What do you like about the additional route option (F2b-K3b)?
I like that it is a shorter route, and will not impact the heritage bridge or the heritage homes or the river bank drive community in the same way


What challenges do you see with the additional route option?
Being off the rail corridor in the King street area between the highway 8 and the 401 west on ramp (to london) is troublesome. Traffic is already a nightmare and with waste water trunk sewers from the East Side, and regional road improvements planned in the coming decade for the same stretch means the Deer Ridge Community with only 2 ACCESSES will all but be held ransom for MANY years! This sucks as a resident, and would really appreciate if the Region could do some imaginative traffic routing for residents to make sure my 12km commute to and from work desn't take 50 minutes as it sometimes has in the past year during 401 accidents/construction delays!


What new issues or information do we need to consider when evaluating the additional route option?
Despite my HUGE issues with current traffic on King near sportworld, I do believe this is a great route and suggest that MTO be lobbied to speed up their capital funding to construct the flyover to westbound 401 from highway 8. If this 401 bound traffic can be taken off King street then perhaps construction of LRT could be palatable. I SO WISH that some angel would fly down from heaven and fix the relationship between the Region and the rail line so that the rail corridor could be an option through Kitchener and into the Preston area. I am going to ask baby jesus to grant this wish this Christmas....it would make all the Stage 2 heartaches disappear.


What do you like about the additional route options?
Nothing, they all should be discounted as they are all as troublesome as taking the train off the rail corridor and onto shantz hill. (Shantz Hell). My children are bussed in to Preston for school and it is unfair to them sitting in traffic for an hour each way (oh by the way the busses are not air conditioned, and the kindie kids have had accidents on the bus because they can not hold their bladder in the sometimes unexpected traffic night mares on Shantz Hell)


What challenges do you see with the additional route options?
if you must abandon the dream of having the LRT on the rail corridor into preston, I do prefer the Shantz hill to Eagle approach


What new issues or information do we need to consider when evaluating the additional route options?
There must be a stop in Preston. I find it troublesome with all the additional route "options" that King to Coronation Blvd was not considered. Hespeler Road is already well serviced by conventional transit, and there would be opportunity to service Cambridge Memorial Hospital. THE HOSPITAL AND HEALTH CENTRES FOLKS why was this scenario not ever explored?!!!


What do you like about the additional route options and alternative terminal locations?
These are all equally bad. The route should wind down Water Street and not be routed in the back end of downtown to facilitate a dream of GO transit that will never happen. GO would never put a stop here with no ability to park and ride. Most of the current commuters in Cambridge would not take the 18-22 minute bus ride from their current homes to then wait for a 1.45 hour train ride in to Toronto. Can Mr. Craig abandon this dream already!? Commuters will not use a downtown station that is so inaccessible and does not have the ability to accommodate large scale park and ride. GO knows this, everyone knows this but Mr. Craig.


What new issues or information do we need to consider when evaluating the additional route options and alternative terminal locations?
The routes should be looped across the bridges to accommodate development on the west side of the river and facilitate cross-city bus spines.

Name not shown inside City of Cambridge December 15, 2017, 12:19 PM

Q3. What new issues or information do we need to consider?
Bike lanes are not useful if it will further congest car traffic.



Q5. Please tell us which design options for the study area should be considered. Please select all that apply.
Buffer zone (paint or durable markings), Parking


Q8. How would you describe yourself? Choose all that apply.
Waterloo Region resident

Name not shown inside City of Kitchener December 15, 2017, 10:33 AM

Q1. Do you currently live in the...?
City of Kitchener


Q2. Thinking about a typical month, how often would you say you use the following modes of transportation?



Q3. How likely are you to consider taking the following modes of transportation for these trips?



Q4. Here are some reasons some people have given why they choose not to bicycle for these trips. Which of the following are the top three reasons that describe why you, personally, choose not to bicycle (or bicycle more often) for these purposes?
Health reasons (e.g. I have a disability/mobility issues), Safety concerns, Physically exhausting


Q5. If the barriers to cycling that you selected were addressed, how likely would you be to consider cycling for these trips?
Definitely would consider


Q6. Here are some reasons some people have given as to why they choose not to walk for those trips. Which of the following are the top three reasons that describe why you, personally, choose not to walk (or walk more often) for these purposes?
I have other people with me (e.g. pick up kid from school, take relative for medical appointment, etc.), Health reasons (e.g. I have a disability/mobility issues), Physically exhausting


Q7. If the barriers to walking that you selected were addressed, how likely would you be to consider walking for these trips?
Definitely would consider


Q8. Here are some reasons some people have given as to why they choose not to take public transit for these trips. Which of the following are the top three reasons that describe why you, personally, choose not to take public transit (or take public transit more often) for these purposes?
Too many delays, I have other people with me (e.g. pick up kid from school, take relative for medical appointment, etc.)


Q9. If the barriers to using public transit that you selected were addressed, how likely would you be to consider taking public transit for these trips?
Definitely would consider


Q10. Here is a series of statements that may reflect your feelings, attitudes, beliefs or behaviour when it comes to travelling in and around Waterloo Region. Please choose whether you agree or disagree with the statement.
Travel around Waterloo Region is:



Michael Elg inside City of Kitchener December 15, 2017, 9:31 AM

Q1. What do you like about Study Area 17: Uptown Waterloo?
Strong destinations and housing area


Q2. What challenges do you see with Study Area 17: Uptown Waterloo?
north of what is considered "Uptown". Uptown generally includes core area south to William or even Union. This may complicate/confuse messaging


Q3. What new issues or information do we need to consider?
See messaging comment above


Q4. This map identifies Uptown Waterloo (Study Area 17). Please show us which road(s) within the study area boundary would be good candidates for separated bike lanes. Please be as specific as you can with the location and why you have made this choice.
Pin at 43.478049, -80.519571 (University draws many students that could be encouraged to bike along University or Weber if they felt safer), Pin at 43.474063, -80.531588 (Albert would connect student housing to University, and bring commuters towards uptown)


Q5. Please tell us which design options for the study area should be considered. Please select all that apply.
Concrete barrier curbs, Concrete delineators, Planters, Concrete roll curb or mountable curb, Rubber delineators


Q7. Please tell us any other comments you have about this project.
A key to this project will be connecting the tests to existing cycling paths and lanes to expand the range and complete routes. Cycling lanes in the new Uptown revamp would be great if it was more than 3 blocks unconnected to other cycling infrastructure.


Q8. How would you describe yourself? Choose all that apply.
Avid cyclist, Would like to cycle more than I do now, Commute through study area, Waterloo Region resident

Neman Syed inside City of Kitchener December 14, 2017, 11:53 PM

Q1. Do you currently live in the...?
City of Kitchener


Q2. Thinking about a typical month, how often would you say you use the following modes of transportation?



Q3. How likely are you to consider taking the following modes of transportation for these trips?



Q4. Here are some reasons some people have given why they choose not to bicycle for these trips. Which of the following are the top three reasons that describe why you, personally, choose not to bicycle (or bicycle more often) for these purposes?
I have items that I need to bring with me that will not fit on a bike/are too cumbersome to carry on a bike, It would take too long to get between destinations, Lack of separation between cycling lanes and traffic


Q5. If the barriers to cycling that you selected were addressed, how likely would you be to consider cycling for these trips?
Definitely would consider


Q6. Here are some reasons some people have given as to why they choose not to walk for those trips. Which of the following are the top three reasons that describe why you, personally, choose not to walk (or walk more often) for these purposes?
It would take too long to get between destinations, Lack of sidewalks, I have items that I need to bring with me that are too heavy/cumbersome to carry


Q7. If the barriers to walking that you selected were addressed, how likely would you be to consider walking for these trips?
Definitely would consider


Q8. Here are some reasons some people have given as to why they choose not to take public transit for these trips. Which of the following are the top three reasons that describe why you, personally, choose not to take public transit (or take public transit more often) for these purposes?
Does not run frequently enough, Does not meet my schedule, Requires too many connections to get to my destination


Q9. If the barriers to using public transit that you selected were addressed, how likely would you be to consider taking public transit for these trips?
Definitely would consider


Q10. Here is a series of statements that may reflect your feelings, attitudes, beliefs or behaviour when it comes to travelling in and around Waterloo Region. Please choose whether you agree or disagree with the statement.
Travel around Waterloo Region is:



Neman Syed inside City of Kitchener December 14, 2017, 11:37 PM

Q1. What do you like about Study Area 17: Uptown Waterloo?
Encompasses a large range of people, ages, and occupations.


Q2. What challenges do you see with Study Area 17: Uptown Waterloo?
Doesn't include most approaches to UW.


Q3. What new issues or information do we need to consider?
Leaf dumping and snow dumping on major arteries. High speeds on Weber, University.


Q5. Please tell us which design options for the study area should be considered. Please select all that apply.
Concrete delineators, Planters, Concrete roll curb or mountable curb, Grade separation, Flexible or fixed bollards (posts), Parking


Q6. Please explain your choices above.
Barriers can't eliminate pedestrian or wheeled crossings (baby carriages, mobility scooters, people with limited flexibility for any reason) so they must be low to cross. They don't need to be a fully separated "canyon" style area. They do need to be moveable for reconfiguration when needed, e.g. street festivals, high volume traffic in one direction, police or emergency activity, etc. Ideally they look good (planters) and are predictably spaced for merging (like HOV lanes).


Q7. Please tell us any other comments you have about this project.
Bring it to Kitchener please! Also, don't do mixed-speed mixed-mode sharing like Queen St - that simply does not work. Grade separation with repositionable and attractive car and pedestrian barriers.


Q8. How would you describe yourself? Choose all that apply.
Would like to cycle more than I do now, Waterloo Region resident