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Cycling in Waterloo Region
(09-25-2018, 01:06 PM)clasher Wrote:
(09-25-2018, 12:09 PM)Canard Wrote: Last night, I was at a stop sign on a country road, perpendicular to a major road.  The guy behind me didn't like that I didn't take what I felt was a too small gap to zip across, and honked at me.  I felt horrible about it all night and got really angry about it, and couldn't shake it.  Yeah, I probably could have gone, but honking is so rude and abrasive and it just made me feel like he was a dick.

I usually move out of a car's way in this kind of situation... I know I have the right-of-way but I'd rather the car just get on their way and then I don't have to worry about them overtaking me from behind. I wouldn't do it if there were a lot of cars waiting but one or two I usually just wait off to the side and wave 'em by.

I just can't be arsed to harass ignorant people on the road... too many road-raging jerks out there and I really don't need to get into a brawl over a traffic violation.

Personally I think the best solution for uptown waterloo would be a guerilla bollard installation since the city has run out of shits to give.

To clarify, I was driving, too. 

I don’t ride my bicycle on country roads. Tongue
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CTV's reports about the new bike lanes on Bedford:

https://kitchener.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1498077
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A cyclist was struck and killed by a tractor trailer in Cambridge this morning.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener...-1.4842229
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(10-01-2018, 08:37 PM)danbrotherston Wrote: City of Waterloo had a council meeting today.

I delegated for my item, which was a request to have council ask Regional council to look into having more protection than roll curbs for Phase 2 of the separated bike lane project on King St.

It was passed unanimously.  Yay.

However they also passed a pilot project for Lime scooters along the path through Waterloo park up to the R&T Park (excluding UW campus, including the R&T Park).

While this pilot may be interesting and "cool"...I believe that approving it, with virtually no process is effectively throwing the rest of the region (not to mention the rest of the City of Waterloo) under the bus, WRT DropBike's pilot project.  It has been negotiation in good faith for over a year with the region, and is nearing an agreement, but they may be far less willing to form an agreement with another operator already in place.  The Dropbike reps were quite unhappy that they have been forced to go through this lengthy process, but Lime scooter is approved without it.

I give about 60% odds that drop bike will drop out of an agreement.

I hope they do something better than what they've got now.

When Ottawa first introduced segregated bike lanes along Laurier Ave as a pilot project they essentially just put down concrete parking curbs along the bike lane lines and tried it out.  With a ton of success.  Why not try that?  I can't imaging the cost being outrageous.  

   
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Whoa now, Waterloo can't go building useful cycling infrastructure using proven designs that have worked in other jurisdictions. Gotta keep designing the weirdest and dumbest things possible like Lexington and Glasgow's bike lanes. (Kitchener is obviously on-board too)
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Well, it's not just us. Just got a picture of a van in a bike lane in Maribor (Slovenia). Had to jump a real curb too.
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(10-01-2018, 11:32 PM)clasher Wrote: Whoa now, Waterloo can't go building useful cycling infrastructure using proven designs that have worked in other jurisdictions. Gotta keep designing the weirdest and dumbest things possible like Lexington and Glasgow's bike lanes. (Kitchener is obviously on-board too)

We do pride ourselves on being innovative.  So I guess taking other people's ideas that work extremely well wouldn't fit around here.
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As a Strasburg resident, this honestly isn't anything new. It's not a neighbourhood with a high level of respect for this mode...
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Go watch what happens when traveling Southbound, just South of Eagle on Concession sometime.  It's pretty bad.  I keep thinking I ought to make a video some day to bring some attention to the problem...

https://goo.gl/maps/1dUN7x7sUy32

   

(Explanation:  the railway crossing here is one of the roughest in the Region.  The vehicle lanes deek to the left, along with the bike lane, for a bump-out around parking which starts just South of the tracks themselves.  Since the pavement is the worst where the cars regularly travel, people have figured out that the pavement is smoother if you stay to the right, crossing over the bike lanes, and into the parking lane.  It would be solved if the city or railway would fix the crossing.)
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