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Trails


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Given what is in that gap, I think it's safe to say they're waiting on railway approvals.
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The last I heard from city staff was October 31st as a final completion date for the Victoria Park work, but he couldn't say if that included the crossing or not.
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I didn't take pictures of it, but today on a ride I noticed the MUT on Lackner now goes all the way to Ottawa street, looks like it's all paved and there is still a bit of filling to do on the boulevards. Like a chump I was the bike lanes on the road...

Also at the end of the same ride I used the new curb cut at Strange and the IHT. It's a shame they didn't take the time to rig up the saw to put a bevel on the cut, hopefully it's temporary and they'll redo it with a smooth transition to the road... the nicest curb cut in the city is just down the street on the west side at the trail that goes to Sobeys, it's a thing of beauty.
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I think John, south side, Spur Line Trail, is the nicest curb experience for bikes.
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They did a pretty nice job of the new curb cuts at Queen and the IHT.

Shows that even when cutting they can do a good job of making it nearly flush...just a matter of putting in the effort (I am sure it is more work).
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Looks like the IHT to hub trail is getting some interim solutions while some property issues are getting straightened out.

Sharrows will be installed on Waverly Road, and a widening of the sidewalk and installation of sharrows on Joseph Street to connect to Victoria Street. Trail will be 2.65m wide under the Park St bridge.

"Geoff Keyworth, stated that staff are looking at the possibility of creating a multi-use trail between Joseph Street and King Street on Victoria Street; but it would be an odd design. He further noted that staff are looking at how to handle Victoria Street as a whole. He stated that a good argument can be made to either widen Victoria Street to four lanes throughout or have a road diet and encourage active transportation facilities and an improved streetscape. The Committee discussed the challenges related to the contaminated Epton lands and agreed that the short multi-use trail on Victoria Street would provide a reasonable interim connection between King Street and Joseph Street."

Also, the original funding deadline of March 31, 2019 has been extended to March 31, 2020, and construction of the interim alignment will start in April 2019 and be completed by March 31, 2020.


I wonder if the extra time wouldn't allow for some of the pieces of the preferred direct route to be put in place instead. $1.5M is a lot for a trail route that isn't going serve many very well.
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(10-12-2018, 11:57 PM)Pheidippides Wrote: Looks like the IHT to hub trail is getting some interim solutions while some property issues are getting straightened out.

Sharrows will be installed on Waverly Road, and a widening of the sidewalk and installation of sharrows on Joseph Street to connect to Victoria Street. Trail will be 2.65m wide under the Park St bridge.

"Geoff Keyworth, stated that staff are looking at the possibility of creating a multi-use trail between Joseph Street and King Street on Victoria Street; but it would be an odd design. He further noted that staff are looking at how to handle Victoria Street as a whole. He stated that a good argument can be made to either widen Victoria Street to four lanes throughout or have a road diet and encourage active transportation facilities and an improved streetscape. The Committee discussed the challenges related to the contaminated Epton lands and agreed that the short multi-use trail on Victoria Street would provide a reasonable interim connection between King Street and Joseph Street."

Also, the original funding deadline of March 31, 2019 has been extended to March 31, 2020, and construction of the interim alignment will start in April 2019 and be completed by March 31, 2020.


I wonder if the extra time wouldn't allow for some of the pieces of the preferred direct route to be put in place instead. $1.5M is a lot for a trail route that isn't going serve many very well.

I too was surprised by the cost.

I'm also surprised by the need to widen Gage at the creek culvert.  There's parking on one side, I would have thought removing the parking would leave enough room...

I too am disappointed by of the compromises and the 'interim solutions' but it's especially frustrating that the delays given us the opportunity to use the time to expropriate the small piece of land at the end of Stewart St. and railway crossing required to make this a far better solution.
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Is the route through Waverley Park and up to Gage already set in stone? I don't really understand why they would spend all that money on that route when Cherry seems to be a quite comfortable street that would be perfect for sharrows (caveat - I've never actually ridden on Cherry, it could be awful in reality). I would think that even with a wide sidewalk "multi-use trail", Park would discourage users compared to the Cherry routing which is more direct, quieter, and has less interaction with major roads.
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I lived just off Cherry, and was at the meetings. It is not a nice road to cycle on. It has enough traffic, which moves reasonably fast, has a big hill (which both sucks to climb and provides blind overtakes). And crossing Park at Cherry is less than ideal.

It was also clear to the project team that people wanted a trail. This idea that a "quite ish" road with no traffic calming can be part of a trail didn't really mesh with what people think a trail is.

That being said I don't much like the chosen route either.
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