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(10-04-2023, 07:19 PM)Acitta Wrote: It is only a 30-minute bike ride from downtown Kitchener. I have frequently biked past there over the past 22 years, though I never got around to visiting the heritige village and only visited the Museum once, when it first opened. I don't see being in the suburbs something that would keep people away, especially for the car addicted.

I think it's a bigger pain to get to without a car than you are giving credit for. But you're completely right that most of the city has a car and the location is not a deterrence for them. In fact, being somewhere like downtown would probably be a bigger deterrence for them.

(10-04-2023, 05:44 PM)KevinL Wrote: Yeah, the museum might not exist if the suburban location with ideal property, already holding a heritage institution, had not been pre-existing. It is unfortunate that it's on an arterial road with poor transit access, especially now that more of the population is moving on from cars.

There had been a consideration of adding a bus stop closer by, but our legendary regional traffic engineers wouldn't permit a pedestrian crossing to allow stops in both directions, so another unfortunate reality.

There has thankfully been a really extensive MUT installed along Homer Watson that is significantly separated from the road that passes right in front of the museum - it goes from about Ottawa/Homer Watson roundabout all the way down to New Dundee Rd/the Conestoga College campus entrance. That's 8km+ of continuous MUT that connects to a bunch of other trails/bike paths along the way. Don't get me wrong, it's potentially a really long ride for a novice cyclist, but there's some decent connectivity there!
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