Cycling in the city masthead
Fall 2019
Designing five streets for better connectivity to ION
Map showing the five streets that are being redesigned.
The City of Waterloo is undertaking a project to redesign five key streets (Conestogo Road, Hazel Street, Phillip Street, Frank Tompa Drive and Seagram Drive) which provide direct connections to ION stations in Waterloo. These improvements were recommended in the  2017 City of Waterloo station area plans  and will focus on improving pedestrian and cyclist access and connectivity as well as streetscape improvements.

Help us make these spaces places that you want to explore and use. Please take a few moments to complete one or all of the surveys located on engagewr.ca/waterloo .
Region of Waterloo's separated bike lane pilot project
The Region of Waterloo has identified and designed a network of separated cycling facilities as a pilot project. The network, measuring approximately 5 km, includes linkages along University Avenue, Columbia Street, King Street, Albert Street and Erb Street with connecting links along the Laurel Trail through Waterloo Park (see image of pilot network, above). With the goal of encouraging more people to cycle within the Region of Waterloo, the project will be tested over the course of an 18-month period beginning October, 2019. Over the course of the pilot, the Region will be monitoring and evaluating cyclist use in the corridor, safety for all road users and vehicular traffic and travel in the area.
Please don't rake leaves onto bike lanes
leaves on the road
Waterloo residents have two options for leaf collection: bag leaves for the Region of Waterloo's biweekly yard waste collection , or rake street tree leaves to the edge of the road for loose leaf collection. The loose leaf collection is for the trees on your boulevard only, and this service begins Oct. 28. Watch for information signs posted in your zone.

We ask residents who live on streets with bike lanes, to hold off on raking until the week of their collection date, and to place the leaves on the road, as close to the curb as possible. This will help ensure our cyclists can travel safely throughout the city.
New school crossing at Laurelwood Public School
Over the summer, the transportation crew were busy painting this new school crossing on Brentcliffe Drive and Beaver Creek Road. The transportation team worked closely with the school to incorporate the school-provided logo and the work was completed just in time for students first day back. Please remember to use caution when driving and cycling around cross walks in school areas.
Uptown Waterloo celebrates the completion of phase two of new streetscape on King Street
grand opening of uptown streetscape on King Street
On Saturday, Oct. 5, the UpTown Waterloo BIA were joined by the Region of Waterloo and City of Waterloo officials to officially mark the completion of the streetscape work along King Street, north of Bridgeport Road. Not only did this project include upgrading of vital infrastructure such as underground sewers, watermains and utilities, it provided a new streetscape that supports economic growth and continued success in the uptown. The new streetscaping features make King Street more accessbile for all modes of transportation including pedestrians and cyclists. Creating a streetscape environment offers lively, accessible and attractive places to work, live, shop, learn and play.

New works installed along King Street include benches, separated bike lanes, wider sidewalks to facilitate patios and pedestrians, bike racks, planters, street trees and tree grates, waste receptacles and decorative street lights. The thematic LED lights are one of the key finishing touches for the project, creating a distinct element in the overall design of the streetscape.

The work of this project was a collaborative effort managed by the Region of Waterloo, with support from the City of Waterloo, the UpTown Waterloo BIA and with financial assistance from the Ontario government through their Main Street Revitalization initiative for the thematic LED street lights. (photo courtesy of the UpTown Waterloo BIA)
Someone you care about rides a bike
someone you care about rides a bike
BikeWR.com was developed to help residents easily navigate through all of the bicycle-related events and resources in the Waterloo Region, including safety. BikeWR was created by the Intermunicipal Partnership for Active Transportation Committee (IMPACT).

The IMPACT team includes staff members from the Region of Waterloo's student transportatin services, CAA, Region of Waterloo Public Health, Sustainable Waterloo, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and area municipalities Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo. This committee has worked on a number of educational campaigns within the community.
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Bike share
Tell us what you think about the new Region of Waterloo bike share Bike share pilot
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