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Winter Walking and Cycling
Now there would be an interesting correlation: when/where were snow removal complaints valid to be enforced, and when/where were bylaw ticketing cars. Would not be good optics to be jumping on a parked car all of the time, but never handling the snow infractions.
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(12-12-2018, 01:21 PM)Pheidippides Wrote: Does anyone know, or could tweet at the city of Kitchener to find out, how many sidewalk clearing offences have been issued under the new pro-active enforcement rules?

Also, is there some place on the city's website or twitter feed that says that it has been 24hours and by-law will now accept complaints? Even some giant red/green indicator or timer showing when the snow 'officially' stopped falling on their front page would be useful.

The city staff will be coming back to council with a report on sidewalk clearing in the spring.  I urge (and at the time will again urge) everyone who cares about this issue to come speak at council.  It's painful and annoying, but if we come and speak, we can make it painful and scary for Councillors to continue to do nothing.  At the time, I suspect they will come forward with some statistics, certainly including number of infractions, and maybe, number of patrol days, but other important statistics like, number of days that roads were plowed, but that no enforcement took place because of a few flurries will not be included.

The good news here, is staff are largely on our (my) side, or at least they were before, they wanted to do the pilot.  I will speak again in the spring, and I have a lot of meditating to do if I want to be polite in my speaking.  At this point, after nearly slipping on the still uncleared sidewalk on the way to the train station, I fear my presentation may consist of the words "My mother always told me if I don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.  Thank you, any questions?".

As for the 24 hour bylaw, no, literally nobody knows, you can't even call and ask, if you ask to be transferred to bylaw AND they answer the phone, they will still not tell you if they're enforcing TODAY, but they'll know if they enforced yesterday.

You can also just check environment Canada which is what my app does.
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On bike lane plowing.

The city (both Kitchener and Waterloo I believe) claim to plow bike lanes. This claim has various levels of truth to it.

At the one end, the city and it's employees absolutely do make an attempt to clear bike lanes of snow.

At the other, some bike lanes in the city are made more dangerous by this attempt (in my opinion).

The bike lanes that are best cleared are very wide (1.5-1.8 m + gutter), on two lane roads, here there is enough room and little enough snow for the plow to effectively move the snow out of a sufficiently wide portion of the lane to make it safe to use.

The most dangerous bike lanes are the ones that are (1.25 m + gutter or less--and yes, some are less), on four lane roads, here, despite what I'm sure is still an actual attempt, the bike lane ends up being so narrow and so full of snow, that all it does is give drivers the belief that I should be out of their way, without giving me any space to do so.

In both cases, the lanes will have occasional snow piles from the plow.

I don't actually even know if it would be possible to reasonably plow the narrow lanes. Just another reason the minimum bike lane standard should be 1.5 or better. That being said, given that we have 1.25 meter and less lanes, I wonder if we should even bother plowing them, at this point, it seems like it makes things worse for everyone.

And yes, I was passed extremely closely by a garbage truck this morning.

I'll be returning to the less direct much slower entirely off road route to my work from this point forward.

On the other hand, on my ride up the trail through Waterloo Park, I saw many many cyclists...
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I also chose to bike the off-road trail today rather than braving University Avenue. It's a bit longer, but it goes most of the way from home to work. Waterloo Park was nice.
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The bike lanes on the Margaret st Bridge are *never* ploughed. They are always filled with snow, pushed off by the trucks.
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It'd be nice to see the city use the giant snowblowers more often but when they take away the snowbanks on my street it seems like a pretty labour intensive operation with a lot dump trucks. Seems like this weekend is gonna make quick work of all this new snow.
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(01-03-2019, 02:13 PM)clasher Wrote: It'd be nice to see the city use the giant snowblowers more often but when they take away the snowbanks on my street it seems like a pretty labour intensive operation with a lot dump trucks. Seems like this weekend is gonna make quick work of all this new snow.

Montreal is good at the giant snowblowers and dump trucks. I'm sure it's super resource intensive. The other problem is where you put the snow.
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The City of Montreal also spends roughly 10 times what we do on snow clearing. If we had priority corridors identified for cycling, it would probably help direct our snow clearing resources more effectively and efficiently.
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