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SPRING 2019
Happy spring everyone!
Spring is here - watch for cyclists
The longer days and warmer weather are coming! There are definitely more cyclists out on the roads and trails. A few friendly reminders for all our road users:
  • If you're cycling, remember a bike must have a white light on the front of the bike and a red light or reflector on the rear of the bicycle if you ride between a half hour before sunset and a half hour after sunrise.
  • In addition, white reflector tape on the front forks and red reflective tape on the rear forks will help keep you visible to others.
  • Stop for pedestrians at crosswalks and walk a bike across a crosswalk.
  • And, don't forget a bell or a horn for your bike. It's the law to have one and will safely warn others of your presence.
June is bike month
Cyclist on Willis Way
June is bike month and cities across Canada are celebrating with events to encourage more cycling in communities. In Waterloo, we have a number of events planned including:
  • Cycle to School Day - on Wednesday, June 5, we're asking high school students in Waterloo to ride their bikes to school. Participants have the opportunity to win great prizes.
  • Campfire in Waterloo Public Square - Pack a blanket or your favourite hoodie and cycle uptown. Gather around the campfire with friends and neighbours for music, food, fire and more. The event takes place on June 19 from 8 to 9:30 p.m.
  • Open Streets - Open Streets celebrates the liveable cities movement, and has taken many forms since its inception. Visit our Open Streets page for more details. The fun takes place on June 22 from noon to 5 p.m. in the uptown area and Waterloo Public Square.
Moses Springer Park and Trail
Laurel Trail detour map
The trails (Waterloop and Laurel) and playground in Moses Springer Park are in need of rehabilitation and drainage improvements. Work is planned to begin on or about May 6, 2019 and will be ongoing for approximately three months. This construction will require that the trail and existing playground be closed for this work.

Detour signage will be posted for commuters using the Waterloop Trail to navigate from Marshall Street to Mackay Crescent and vice versa. Signage will also be posted indicating the routes for pedestrians and cyclists to get to the community centre from Marshall Street and Weber Street.

Existing playground equipment will be removed at the start of construction and replaced after construction. Please take note that there may be a delay between the end of construction and the installation of new playground equipment.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate everyone's patience during this disruptive process.

If you have questions about this project, contact the project manager at 519-747-8066, TTY (for deaf) 1-866-786-3941 or  gavin.vermeer@waterloo.ca.  
Spring offering of Can-Bike courses
Can Bike logo
We're excited to host a Can-Bike Level 5 course in June. This course is for individuals who wish to become certified Can-Bike instructors and who are passionate about cycling education and the desire to teach others and share the joy of cycling.

The Can-Bike program is a series of progression courses taught on all aspects of cycling in order to ride safely, effectively and enjoyably on the road. The city offers a variety of Can-Bike courses this spring and into the summer for ages 9 and up and at all levels. For a full description of the courses offered visit canbikecanada.ca .
Bike valet will be back for summer festivals
Bicycle valet sign
Our popular bicycle valet will back again this year at the following festivals/events:
Upcoming events
Jane’s Walk is a series of citizen-led walking (and riding) tours that make space for people to observe, reflect, share, question and collectively re-imagine the places in which they live, work and play.

Join the City of Waterloo's active transportation committee and explore Waterloo's west side trails. Help evaluate the route and how to improve our community's walking and cycling trails.

When: Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m.
Where: Begin at YMCA Early Years (719 Erbsville Road), end at Waterloo City Hall
Walk leader: Anne Crowe
The total ride is approximately 10 km.

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