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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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A new patio on King St in front of "Lou Dawg's":
   

I had thought there was some sort sub-committee studying patio locations along this stretch related to Ion before patios were going to be installed.

Can someone explain why cities allow patios next to the building and not closer to the curb. As a pedestrian it is very frustrating to constantly be zig-zagging around these patios.

For instance the one in front of Fat Bastard Burrito Co. in Kitchener on King. It only leaves about 1.5m between the patio fence and the marble bench that is part of the sunken garden.
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(09-08-2017, 06:23 PM)Pheidippides Wrote: A new patio on King St in front of "Lou Dawg's":


I had thought there was some sort sub-committee studying patio locations along this stretch related to Ion before patios were going to be installed.

Can someone explain why cities allow patios next to the building and not closer to the curb. As a pedestrian it is very frustrating to constantly be zig-zagging around these patios.

For instance the one in front of Fat Bastard Burrito Co. in Kitchener on King. It only leaves about 1.5m between the patio fence and the marble bench that is part of the sunken garden.

I hope that's not your truck parked on the iON tracks.... Wink

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The patio is next to the restaurant... is that not how it should be?

If it were placed closer to the tracks, with the sidewalk between it and the restaurant, guests and serving staff would be endlessly criss-crossing the sidewalk.

That sounds even worse.

The sidewalk is ridiculously wide here. What am I missing?
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(09-11-2017, 11:37 AM)Canard Wrote: The patio is next to the restaurant... is that not how it should be?

If it were placed closer to the tracks, with the sidewalk between it and the restaurant, guests and serving staff would be endlessly criss-crossing the sidewalk.

That sounds even worse.

The sidewalk is ridiculously wide here. What am I missing?

I think you’re basically right. The sidewalk is deliberately wide to allow patios. The only comment I would make is that with the patios and the planters, the remaining sidewalk is only slightly wide. It seems like the planters could either be shifted right to the curb (the narrow space between them and the curb is useless) or incorporated into the patio fence.

People walking along can perfectly well walk near the curb however (and I don’t mean really near, just nearer to it than to the buildign). It’s an LRT lane so it isn’t constant noise and danger like a general traffic lane.
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The narrow space between the tracks and the planters is not useless - it provides a valuable safe area so a person has an escape path and won't be crushed by an LRV.
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New paving artwork is being installed on the driveway/walkway between the Button Factory and the rail tracks. I'm sure it'll look fantastic when it's complete!

They should do something similar where the rail line crosses King St to discourage drivers from driving along the tracks...

   

(The rainbow lens flair was a happy coincidence  Cool)
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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