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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

Jonathan Hann inside City of Kitchener December 14, 2017, 3:58 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?
No secure storage for my bike, Lack of cycling lanes, Lack of proper connections between cycling lanes/areas and roadways, Lack of separation between cycling lanes and traffic, Lack of proper winter maintenance of cycling facilities (such as sidewalks, bike lanes, etc.)


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, I have items that I need to bring with me that are too heavy/cumbersome to carry, Lighting is not sufficient at night


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, It would take too long to get between destinations, Does not meet my schedule


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?
Probably 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:



Name not shown inside City of Kitchener December 14, 2017, 3:18 PM

Q1. What do you like about Study Area 17: Uptown Waterloo?
There are a lot of cyclists in this area already, or potential cyclists as students are less likely to be able to afford a car and are more likely to use a bike if the infrastructure is there. There are also a lot of really unsafe areas here, including the University Ave bike lanes, which could be improved.


Q2. What challenges do you see with Study Area 17: Uptown Waterloo?
There are not a lot of streets that you could do a temporary project on without widening the street or taking out lanes, which could anger car drivers.


Q3. What new issues or information do we need to consider?
Make sure the city/region has considered snow clearing. The project goes through the winter of 2018-2019 and I'm sure there would be a significant number of cyclists who would use the infrastructure if the lanes are prioritized for clearing. Currently bike lanes in the region are rarely cleared nor safe to bike in during the winter as snow isn't cleared right to the curb, and trails aren't cleared consistently either.


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 43.472875, -80.534821 (The current bike lanes are not safe, so separating them would work well.), Pin at 43.476986, -80.53997 (The current lanes are a bit scary since traffic moves very quickly here, so separating them would improve safety.), Pin at 43.477484, -80.534477 (A grid from uptown to UW would encourage students to cycle outside of the university bubble), Pin at 43.477173, -80.522289 (Currently this section does not have bike lanes, so adding some here would be great!), Pin at 43.476565, -80.529284 (A grid between University & Columbia would make the area feel more like a cycling network than piecemeal lanes. It would also be easier to make intersections more navigable for all modes.), Pin at 43.474795, -80.538268 (Phillip is very busy with lots of turning vehicles into plazas, so finding a way to make cycle tracks would be great as part of the "minimum grid" of the area.)


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, Grade separation, Flexible or fixed bollards (posts)


Q6. Please explain your choices above.
There needs to be a physical separation from cars and bikes. Paint doesn't work, as evidenced by cyclist deaths along University ave within the current bike lanes. If there is not much space a bollard is better than nothing, but something a little more "concrete" per se goes a long way for safety.


Q7. Please tell us any other comments you have about this project.
This is a great idea! I hope planning is underway for if the pilot goes well and for how the project can be implemented in the long-term. Also, don't forget the snow clearing!


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

Name not shown inside City of Kitchener December 14, 2017, 2:57 PM

What do you like about the additional route option (F2b-K3b)?
More direct and will be quicker when thinking that this is a connector to Cambridge. It's more likely to be used to travel between cities if it takes a more direct path.


What challenges do you see with the additional route option?
Perhaps does not service as many stops. There are no east-west options for GRT to fill in the gaps. Overshoots a hospital that charges for parking and so is primed to be a destination for transit.


What do you like about the additional route options?
M-M1 would likely make this a faster route for through riders. The smaller options could potentially provide access to more destinations and/or provide more fluid vehicular traffic options.


What challenges do you see with the additional route options?
They are convoluted for infrequent users and will slow train speed.


What new issues or information do we need to consider when evaluating the additional route options?
I believe the straightest line is always the best option when it comes to transit. More riders will be interested in riding a straight route considering they are on LRT for a more rapid ride.

Name not shown inside City of Kitchener December 14, 2017, 2:22 PM

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 43.467871, -80.52043 (Bridgeport Road is a key corridor that people know actually goes through, and has a lot of space, some of which could be devoted to cyclists. The number of driveways will be a challenge.)


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


Q6. Please explain your choices above.
Separation barriers need to be high and obvious enough to keep motorists out - low curbs might not work. Planters make the streetscape more pleasant for everyone. These need to be year-round lanes, so low curbs or rubber delineators could get covered in snow before clearing, potentially confusing motorists and providing a danger of cyclists running into them with their wheels.


Q7. Please tell us any other comments you have about this project.
The key is the completeness of the network. The areas that seem most difficult will likely be the most important. A network is not useful if there are gaps ("a chain is only as strong as the weakest link").


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

Name not shown inside City of Kitchener December 14, 2017, 2:11 PM

Q1. What do you like about Study Area 17: Uptown Waterloo?
I think it is great that it is a high density area, close to many amenities, parks, university, and public transit. Due to the location, the area probably has a higher proportion of cyclists than many other areas in the city


Q2. What challenges do you see with Study Area 17: Uptown Waterloo?
This is a busy area that likely already has a lot of cyclists due to the demographic it serves. Creating safe bike lanes down major roadways that connect various parts of the tri-cities might allow more people to use them. Ensuring that lanes are close to the LRT would also help people to commute safely - think cycling, then hopping on public transport using the bike racks provided.


Q3. What new issues or information do we need to consider?
Consider how to connect previously existing lanes and trails with new ones to increase the distance traveled by bike, safely
Consider proximity to bike stops


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 43.476529, -80.522919 (Long, connecting road... heavy traffic), Pin at 43.475034, -80.51734 (Connects Kitchener/Waterloo - close to public transit, busy road)


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, Buffer zone (paint or durable markings), Grade separation


Q6. Please explain your choices above.
I did not choose the parked cars option as I feel this would reduce visibility of cyclists when merging back to the road way and make exiting/entering the lane difficult.


Q8. How would you describe yourself? Choose all that apply.
Avid cyclist, Other - Interested in this project as I hope one day it will extend to Kitchener

Name not shown inside City of Kitchener December 14, 2017, 1:55 PM

Q1. What do you like about Study Area 17: Uptown Waterloo?
Many great destinations and some cycling facilities that can be linked to. It's a comfortable space to walk in.


Q2. What challenges do you see with Study Area 17: Uptown Waterloo?
Free parking for cars and fast one-way lanes that indicate the car is preferred.



Q3. What new issues or information do we need to consider?
Families do not feel safe walking students to school from north of Bridgeport to Elizabeth Ziegler school, let alone allowing them to cycle. Calming traffic along Bridgeport and Erb would go a long way to making this area feel safer.
Great shopping at Bridgeport plaza feels completely separate from uptown.
Spur line trail is brilliant and should be maximized with extended protected lanes.


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 43.467746, -80.522532 (Narrowing Bridgeport to two lanes and providing separated bike lanes on both sides between King and Moore would help students become independent active travelers earlier, and minimize school traffic at Elizabeth Ziegler. ), Pin at 43.466127, -80.522447 (There is potential that with changing traffic patterns due to the LRT, that separation may not be required in the downtown core, depending on whether fewer cars on King mean they travel faster or not. It is worth some study to find out how new traffic patterns are emerging and/or expected to emerge. ), Pin at 43.486058, -80.529571 (Providing separated lanes that connect with the proposed Farmer's Market trail could help provide a continuous 'vein' between it and the Spur Line Trail. This could help to form the spine of a minimum grid. ), Pin at 43.481823, -80.525451 (Please consider cross-rides that do not cross the path of pedestrians at every arterial crossing.)


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, Buffer zone (paint or durable markings), Grade separation, Flexible or fixed bollards (posts)


Q6. Please explain your choices above.
I think a variety of options may always be required depending on the nature of each street that is chosen for implementation. I'll concentrate on telling you why I have omitted some. The concrete wall would be a good solution near high speed spaces but seems like overkill in the downtown core. The roll curb and rubber delineators do not provide a good visual or physical barrier and would not make me feel safer on a bike than a painted line would. Parked cars provide visual blockers between people operating cars and those operating bikes - they must be able to see each other in order to expect behaviours where they intersect.


Q7. Please tell us any other comments you have about this project.
I am excited about separated lanes wherever they may be placed. However, I do believe that it makes sense to work on the most terrifying streets first, including the arterial roads.


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

Name not shown inside City of Waterloo December 14, 2017, 1:00 PM

Q1. What do you like about Study Area 17: Uptown Waterloo?
It's convenient for me because I live and work in the neighbourhood. It includes a lot of amenities and really gives no reason why people wouldn't be able to bike for the majority of their daily activities.


Q2. What challenges do you see with Study Area 17: Uptown Waterloo?
Demographics wise...very particular to students and residents of uptown (which tend to be educated and middle-upper class). The streets are already pretty wide and *relatively* safe for biking...if you wanted to see what difference bike infrastructure and education made, I would think that downtown Kitchener which has narrower streets and a more diverse demographic, would be more telling.


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 43.475221, -80.532532 (Direct through-road from uptown to university district), Pin at 43.47466, -80.524464 (Busy road, most amenities located along/in close proximity to this street)


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


Q6. Please explain your choices above.
I think some sort of physical barrier makes sense. Especially as a trial - I fear that cars will get confused and frustrated it the barrier is simply painted on. I think a physical barrier also adds protection to the bike lane - it makes it more obvious that a car does not belong there. I have used a variety of physically-separated bike lanes in various cities and they feel immediately safe - you truly do feel separate from the cars.


Q7. Please tell us any other comments you have about this project.
We need this! There is so much cycling potential in the area, and I really believe it comes down to infrastructure. I can't stress my support for this project enough.


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

Name not shown inside City of Kitchener December 14, 2017, 12:47 PM

What do you like about the additional route option (F2b-K3b)?
It's direct. The views will be lovely.


What challenges do you see with the additional route option?
I would like a stop at River Road and Highway 8 for bus connectivity from the Morgan Ave / Chicopee area. There's no reason we have to funnel those people all the way up to Fairview or all the way down to Sportsworld to access the rest of the network.


What new issues or information do we need to consider when evaluating the additional route option?
Please place a stop at River Road and Highway 8.


What do you like about the additional route options?
That you've evaluated them at all.


What challenges do you see with the additional route options?
They're all some variant of twisty (slowdowns, track noise) or too far from the Preston core.


What new issues or information do we need to consider when evaluating the additional route options?
Please stick to your guns on this one; the original alternative was the best one. Everything else is politics. Please develop a street cross-section and detailed drawing of the Eagle Street neighbourhood that shows how edge-running LRT (or both directions on one side of the street) wouldn't cause the demolition of 150 homes, just the partial takings.


What do you like about the additional route options and alternative terminal locations?
I don't like that this route has been removed from Water Street in the first place, but T3 shows promise for at least being extensible to Myers or the South Boundary Road in future.


What challenges do you see with the additional route options and alternative terminal locations?
I feel as if Galt could have had more stations along Water that would have provided more access to people from the other side of the river.


What new issues or information do we need to consider when evaluating the additional route options and alternative terminal locations?
Please consider the possibility that in the future, this may be extended south to accommodate park-and-ride customers. Please don't choose terminal locations that would make that difficult or impossible.