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Walking in Waterloo Region
* fractional time savings for everyone/optimized flow for everybody

Agreed King/Willis should totally prioritize pedestrians. To the point I'd promote seeing an "all walk/scramble" phase.
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(07-24-2017, 01:45 PM)Viewfromthe42 Wrote: Most people would be open to that thought, but I think we should also be willing to say that there are clear cut examples - King and Willis (the most central intersection in uptown Waterloo) and University at Hazel (the main entrance to a sizable post-secondary institution on one side, and the beginnings of the densest area (Northdale) in all of Waterloo on the other - where the dangers of encouraging unsafe behaviour at major pedestrian crossings vastly outweighs the occasional fractional trip time savings for cars.

The thing is, the main thing which encourages unsafe behaviour is delay.  Nobody will mind waiting 5 seconds for a walk signal.  The problem is, this is counter to throughput (the longer you leave it green, the more traffic can flow).  I'd be willing to accept beg buttons in return for shorter delay, and if we're willing to trade shorter walk times for it, then that makes perfect sense.

In the Netherlands, many intersections are actually split with a middle island, which makes phases much more complicated, but basically lets you turn only one direction red at a time, to let a pedestrian cross, further shortening the red times.
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The construction on King at James Street just north of Uptown has closed a sidewalk with no notice quite a distance from any safe crossing. I tweeted this at city of Waterloo and they demonstrated so clearly how and why our current government structure frustrates me.

https://twitter.com/citywaterloo/status/...8133509120
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They should not have attributed to the LRT in their first response, but it's true that King is regional and you should contact the Region.

The process on this should be streamlined, I agree; it's a bit too much to ask a typical member of the public to know the difference between city and regional roads.
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That's quite a snipe from the City account, makes you wonder who's running it. Or they're just doing as the public does, and assuming that any construction is ION-related (/to be blamed on LRT). That site is more than half a kilometer from the nearest portion of the LRT line.
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Definitely, moreover, I, someone who is intimately familiar with these details, far in excess of the typical citizen, still doesn't know. I knew it was a regional road, but I was under the impression cities dealt with the sidewalks.

If I'm still learning new things, what hope does the average citizen have.
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(07-28-2017, 01:46 PM)Viewfromthe42 Wrote: That's quite a snipe from the City account, makes you wonder who's running it. Or they're just doing as the public does, and assuming that any construction is ION-related (/to be blamed on LRT). That site is more than half a kilometer from the nearest portion of the LRT line.

Those tweets from the City were unprofessional.

The first one is incorrect to mention LRT for the reason you mention, and it’s unprofessional for them not to know that before posting.

The second one is also unprofessional. It should acknowledge that you are correct and that they goofed in the first one (in fact if they did that I for one would be willing to forgive the goof — everybody makes mistakes and says dumb things from time to time).

Additionally, the general thrust of their message should be more like, “that’s a Regional Road, so we’ll mention it to [name of specific Regional contact]”, not “don’t bug us, it’s Somebody Else’s Problem”. As it happens I took a mandatory Customer Service session recently which talked about this issue, although in the context of IT support not roads and sidewalks, but it’s also just good sense.
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The sidewalks at Louisa and St. Leger have finally been re-installed. I think they were removed about 4 or 5 years ago for Victoria Commons construction , the townhouses in this section have been complete for about a year and a half. It's about time they got them replaced.
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