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Winter Walking and Cycling
The city is listening (well, at least Kitchener):
https://www.therecord.com/news-story/859...ring-test/
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@tomh009 . That is big news, although the pilot is likely to be limited in scope....2 more years of uncleared sidewalks.

Still, I'm very happy to see progress. City of Waterloo is on notice.
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(05-10-2018, 08:57 AM)danbrotherston Wrote: @tomh009 . That is big news, although the pilot is likely to be limited in scope....2 more years of uncleared sidewalks.

Still, I'm very happy to see progress.  City of Waterloo is on notice.

I realize it will be slow. But slow movement is much, much better than no movement at all.

They recognize the problem, and they accept that they need a solution. That's the first step, isn't it? Wink
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The new minimum maintenance standards for municipal highways are out.

It looks as if bike lanes are no longer allowed to be used as snow storage. There are new requirements for sidewalks. I don't think MUTs would be covered. So all those new MUTs that have been installed along side roads don’t need to be cleared (as they are not sidewalk, or road, or bicycle lane).
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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(05-12-2018, 07:30 AM)Pheidippides Wrote: The new minimum maintenance standards for municipal highways are out.

It looks as if bike lanes are no longer allowed to be used as snow storage. There are new requirements for sidewalks. I don't think MUTs would be covered. So all those new MUTs that have been installed along side roads don’t need to be cleared (as they are not sidewalk, or road, or bicycle lane).

To be honest, I don't expect any change WRT bike lanes.  The city already claims that they plow bike lanes, even though they in no way do.  But between the narrow width of many bike lanes, potholes and other surface issues, it really is pretty impractical to plow them.  I think cities will continue to "pretend" like they do, without making any actual changes.
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I think the municipality would have to declare and sign the bicycle lanes as officially closed to avoid being held accountable/liable.

The sidewalk standard is still a bit of a joke, but it is a start:
a) to reduce the snow to a depth less than or equal to 8 centimetres within 48 hours; and
b) to provide a minimum sidewalk width of 1 metre. O. Reg. 366/18, s. 15.

The bicycle lanes standards (note that, for classes 1,2,3 the time to clear is double the amount allowed for the motor vehicle lane):
Adjacent/on Class 1 roads 2.5 cm accumulation cleared within 8 hours
Adjacent/on Class 2 roads 5.0 cm accumulation cleared within 12 hours
Adjacent/on Class 3 roads 8.0 cm accumulation cleared within 24 hours
Adjacent/on Class 4 roads 8.0 cm accumulation cleared within 24 hours
Adjacent/on Class 5 roads 10.0 cm accumulation cleared within 24 hours
Everyone move to the back of the bus and we all get home faster.
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