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Given The Go-Ahead On A New Kitchener Cycling Master Plan

Kitchener councillors have approved in principle new planning steps that will make consideration of cyclists’ needs on city roads policy rather than an afterthought. The Cycling Master Plan will see the construction of a network of 114 kilometres of segregated bike lanes, local bicycle streets and multi-use trails with the aim of significantly increasing cycling traffic in the city. The plan would be implemented over two decades and will cost the city about $6.1 million.

It replaces the city’s 1998 Bikeway Study that had become obsolete because of changes in programming, policy and infrastructure. Much of the new cycling network will comprise so-called bicycle priority streets, or traffic-calmed areas that will make it easy for cyclists to navigate existing roadways. The improvements will include signage indicating routes to major destinations and changes to major crossings that would give cyclists priority. The plan also calls for eight kilometres of separated cycle lanes that can safely accommodate cyclists past driveways and intersections. The remainder of the network will be made up of typical bike lanes and marked areas on shared roadways.

The idea is to make Kitchener a “bicycle-friendly city” and encourage people to use their bikes more for commuting, short outings and leisure. While the plan takes into consideration the views of those already sold on cycling, the idea is really to reach out to the majority of residents who are typically “interested but concerned” about cycling on city streets.

The new polices also require engineering staff to automatically consider the needs of cyclists on any future road projects.

There are several road projects coming up in city planning, including reconstruction projects on Huron and Block Line roads, where separated cycling lanes will be looked at. Councillors also agreed to look at the creation of a halftime transportation co-ordinator position to oversee the implementation of the master plan. A decision on that will be made during the 2011 budget review.

The full Cycling Master Plan will be available on the city’s website in the next few days.



August 25, 2010 at 4:57 pm Leave a comment

The Civic District Master Plan – Kitchener

The district, which is roughly bordered by Weber, Queen, Ellen and Frederick Streets is home to four of the city’s most important cultural institutions. But the spaces between those buildings, with the exception of a small park featuring a memorial to firefighters, are filled with parked cars during the day and empty stretches of asphalt over night. It could one day be part of a bustling urban space with cafes, benches, pedestrian walkways, parks, squares, an amphitheater – a district for the arts.

Local cultural institutions want to see this area transformed into a district showcasing public art exhibitions, theatre and music. There’s room for a university campus, walkways connecting the library to the Centre in the Square and lush landscaping.

If the Civic District Master Plan ever gets implemented it will bring more residents downtown and help lure creative class workers to the area with a cutting edge arts district.

Late next summer, construction will begin on a 400-space underground parking garage. It will be located behind the main library. Some of the surface parking will disappear and a public square will be built. Shortly after that, work begins on a 25,000-square-foot addition to the main library and a complete renovation of the existing building.

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May 14, 2009 at 4:02 pm 1 comment

Cambridge’s New Arts & Culture Master Plan

Soon the City of Cambridge will be implementing a new $70,000 arts and culture master plan. There is a push for both the Drayton Theatre and the Venice Biennale, as they will attract thousands of people to Cambridge, creating an economic stimulus.

Other recommendations call on the city to:

• create a new cultural managers position, with the resources to assist and mentor various groups within the arts and cultural community;

• expand the city’s arts and culture advisory committee to involve the business sector;

• undertake a review of operations at Cambridge Centre for the Arts;

• create stabilized funding for the arts;

• turn Galt core into an arts Mecca;

• develop and nurture new special events across the city;

• develop a marketing strategy.

This is all great news, and will hopefully change people’s general perception of the City towards one that is new and sophisticated with a new found passion for the arts.


May 11, 2009 at 1:12 pm Leave a comment

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