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Summer 2019
Iron Horse Trail - construction update
View of the Iron Horse Trail
The realignment of a section of the Iron Horse Trail that runs between Park Street and Caroline Street is nearing completion. This historic route links Waterloo and Kitchener on a former railway corridor and is part of the Trans Canada Trail system. There is still a small section of the trail that is closed due to the construction of 155 Caroline St. We would ask that all trail users please remember when approaching a construction zone to stay alert and be safe. ( Photo courtesy of Mayor Dave Jaworsky)
King Street North multi-use trail completed
King Street multi-use trail
King Street North Multi-Use Trail map
The Region of Waterloo has completed the final link for the multi-use trail along King Street North. This link is now complete from Conestoga Expressway to Northfield Drive.
New way-finding signs
Bike route signage on trail
Bike route signage indicating trail route and km distance
New wayfinding signage is being installed along roadways and trails this summer in Waterloo. New signage has already been installed along Dawson Street, Lexington Road, Lincoln Road and Marshall Street.
Cycling and the Service Centre Open House
Lucky winner of a bicycle
Lucky winner of a bicycle
The 27th annual service centre open house was held on June 8, 2019. This event is an annual opportunity for the community to check out the different services the city provides, have a ride in a digger truck and do much more! Close to $2,400 was raised for Ronald McDonald House this year as part of a fund-raising initiative. A colouring contest was also held for young people and two lucky winners left the festivities with a brand new bicycle and helmet from King Street Cycle. The bikes came completely outfitted with a bell, lights and a complimentary Can-Bike course. ( Photos courtesy of Don Graham)
Moses Springer Park and Trail - construction update
The Laurel Trail through Moses Springer Park has re-opened. Much work was done to improve drainage along the trail. Please be aware that although the trail is open, there is still work that remains to be completed and users should be aware of the construction equipment in and around the trail. New playground equipment is scheduled to be installed during the week of August 12, 2019. Landscaping work and other minor works will be completed throughout August and early September depending on weather.

If you have questions about this project, contact the project manager at 519-747-8066, TTY (for deaf) 1-866-786-3941 or by e-mailing  gavin.vermeer@waterloo.ca .  
2019 active transportation projects
Sidewalks and multi-use trails are a key component to the walkability and livability of a community and form an important part of the city's active transportation network. In 2019, an additional 3.9 km of new infill sidewalk and trails are planned to be constructed on the following streets:
  • Sidewalks:
  • Conestoga Road
  • Dawson Street
  • Dearborn Place
  • Bathurst Drive
  • Multi-use trails:
  • Colby Drive
  • Lexington Court
  • Dutton Drive (deferred from 2018)
Bike valet is back for summer festivals
City of Waterloo bike valet service
Our popular bicycle valet is back again this year. For the first time ever, the free valet service was offered at the service centre open house and was also available again at the Sun Life Financial UpTown Waterloo Jazz Festival with 154 bikes parked at the valet throughout the weekend. The bicycle valet service will also be available at:
Transportation master plan update
Pop up presentation board at transportation master planning exercise
The city is reviewing and updating the community's transportation master plan. This study will provide an up-to-date strategy for moving people and goods around the city now and into the future. With Waterloo changing and growing, the transportation system needs to adapt to who we are today and where we want to be in 25 years. Phase one of the study is now complete and included:
  • an assessment of our transportation system today and how it has changed since the last plan was completed in 2011;
  • using data to identify and prioritize strategic improvements for phase two of the project; and
  • gathering feedback from the community to help shape the future transportation master plan.
The city is currently in the second phase of this project and will be identifying a series of options to continuously improve transportation in the city. Thanks go to all residents who shared their input either online or through one of a number of pop-up engagement sessions throughout the city. Throughout this process, the community will have opportunities to share their ideas, views and inputs to help shape the final transportation master plan. ( Photo courtesy of Louise Finlay)
KW Cycling Academy presents...
mountain biker
...the first annual Dirty Nein mountain bike race on Sunday, Aug. 18, 2019. Proceeds from this race will support the KW Cycling Academy and youth racing in Waterloo Region. The race will take place at Bechtel Park on wide, fast-flowing trails, with fast descents, a jump line and tough climbs. To prepare for the race, setup will take place on Saturday, Aug. 17. The community will still have access to the trails at this time. The entire Bechtel Park trail system will be closed to the public on Sunday, Aug. 18 and should reopen Monday, Aug. 19. For information about the race, visit thedirtynein.ca and for trail closure information visit our trail closures page .
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