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General Road and Highway Discussion
Jeff Henry, councillor for the northdale ward, went to school for engineering, added on a political science degree, worked in UW's bureaucracy, was elected as a politician, and then went to do a Masters in planning, so it's certainly possible to go full circle.
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(08-02-2018, 08:28 AM)Viewfromthe42 Wrote: Look, they do have a barrier curb, it's just between the bikes and pedestrians. If you combined the bike and sidewalk with the segment in between, you could get wider versions of both, and put the curb over next to the cars.

Yes, then you could move the 1.5-2.0m of sod that will last for about 2 weeks from each side to the middle and make a nice 3-4m median boulevard (which has also been shown to slow excessive vehicle speeds).
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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Always amazes me that those that don't drive cars are experts on road design! This is not Europe where everyone drives small cars. We need to be able to accommodate larger vehicles including transport/delivery as well as buses, fire and ambulance. A lot of drivers have trouble staying within the lanes we have now!
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(08-02-2018, 06:29 PM)creative Wrote: Always amazes me that those that don't drive cars are experts on road design! This is not Europe where everyone drives small cars. We need to be able to accommodate larger vehicles including transport/delivery as well as buses, fire and ambulance. A lot of drivers have trouble staying within the lanes we have now!

I never claimed to be an "expert"...and while I'm not sure how serious Canard was in his suggestion, my lack of real credentials is probably the biggest real impediment to actually working in the field.  When I returned to school, I did consider planning, but alas, it was not the path I chose.

In any case, I am still capable of reading material on the subject.  I has been studied extensively in the US, and it has been found that 12 foot lanes are less safe, and result in more speeding than 11 foot lanes.  And 11 foot lanes are found to be similar to 10 foot lanes in safety.

This is all in spite of the fact that one of the explicit goals for using wider lanes was better safety.

As for your comment on vehicle sizes, I'm not sure how big you think your car is, but Europe has trucks and buses, same as we do, and they fit down 3 meter wide lanes just fine.  And in fact, the buses and trucks here fit down the few narrow 3 meter wide lanes we do have, all our GRT buses are 2.6 meters wide, and the widest trucks on the road are still under 3 meters wide (not including mirrors).

In fact, the biggest limiting factor on large vehicles traversing roads is usually turning radii, which is another issue all together.

It is very apparent in the winter how unnecessarily wide our lanes are and how unnecessarily large the turning radii are, given the substantial amount of snow that sits near the curb without ever being disturbed by wheels.
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(08-02-2018, 08:00 PM)danbrotherston Wrote:
(08-02-2018, 06:29 PM)creative Wrote: Always amazes me that those that don't drive cars are experts on road design! This is not Europe where everyone drives small cars. We need to be able to accommodate larger vehicles including transport/delivery as well as buses, fire and ambulance. A lot of drivers have trouble staying within the lanes we have now!

I never claimed to be an "expert"...and while I'm not sure how serious Canard was in his suggestion, my lack of real credentials is probably the biggest real impediment to actually working in the field.  When I returned to school, I did consider planning, but alas, it was not the path I chose.

It’s amply clear from reading your posts that you are actually thinking about things, and what you say should not be dismissed. There is a big difference between just spouting off about expert topics, and actually digging in, thinking, and trying to apply appropriate bits of expert knowledge that one can pick up. A knee-jerk “experts must be right” is just as bad as “those elitist idiots. What a bunch of morans!”.
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King Street has reopened at Queen.
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Has Queen St. reopened too? I believe it was closed off as well in the area. (What were they doing?)
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Queen is another story entirely. It's being completely rebuilt from Charles to Duke..
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Cool. Just too bumpy?
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No, closed for similar utility work; the intersection with King has reopened, but no traffic can pass on Queen.
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Oh, update! Queen is in fact fully open Duke to King, and southbound King to Charles.

For now.
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...don’t you mean Westbo... oh, never mind...
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It is the very first bit of Queen Street South, yes. Wink
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In Tomorrow's (!) Kitchener Post, there's a Region of Waterloo Public Notice about a Study Commencement for Lancaster Street Improvements. The scope of the project is from Victoria St. to Bridgeport, and includes the construction of active transportation facilities, watermain, sanitary and storm sewer replacement, intersection improvements, and the potential need for a grade separation at the railway crossing between Wellington and Victoria.

This is huge!
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(08-08-2018, 09:03 PM)Canard Wrote: In Tomorrow's (!) Kitchener Post, there's a Region of Waterloo Public Notice about a Study Commencement for Lancaster Street Improvements.  The scope of the project is from Victoria St. to Bridgeport, and includes the construction of active transportation facilities, watermain, sanitary and storm sewer replacement, intersection improvements, and the potential need for a grade separation at the railway crossing between Wellington and Victoria.

This is huge!

That is big news.

Do you know who is driving the grade separation, province or region?
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