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Welcome to our first quarterly e-newsletter about active transportation in our city. Thanks to everyone who told us what type of information you are looking to see in this newsletter. You told us you’d like information on ice/snow clearing of cycling trails, upcoming events, new cycling infrastructure and more. If there's an area of active transportation in Waterloo that you are interested in learning more about, please let us know!
Snow clearing
The city maintains over 60 km of parks and multi-use trails and segregated bike lanes. A number of these trails have been designated as part of a high priority active transportation network, meaning the routes are significant in connecting people through the city and region. These priority trails (i.e., Iron Horse Trail, Spur Line and Laurel Trail, for example) are the most heavily used, and connected to our uptown core and universities. During a snow event, staff concentrate on keeping pedestrians and cyclists alike moving.

Plowing and salting begins on our uptown and commuter trails with a minimum of 5 cm of snow. Once staff have cleared this priority network of commuting routes, other city-cleared sidewalks, trail links and park pathways are cleared. Sidewalk snow clearing is generally completed within 24-hours after the snow has stopped falling.
Highlights of some of the projects that took place in 2017 are included below. For a full list of projects, visit .
The active multi-use trail/two-way cycling track on Lexington Road from Davenport Road to Holbeach Crescent
This route connects cyclists east of the expressway across the highway bridge to the off-road Forwell Creek Trail system (part of the WaterLoop). The removal of one west bound traffic lane made space for an active transportation route across the highway bridge and a separated two-way cycling route on the north side of the road between Davenport Road and Holbeach Crescent.
Seagram Drive
This collaborative project with Grand River Transit (GRT) and our two universities provides active transportation connections to the new LRT ION station at Waterloo Park. The new infrastructure will connect to the wider active transportation network and aligns strategically with the city's station area plan. The work included: a multi-use trail between University Avenue and Waterloo Park Trail, sidewalk between Albert Street and University Avenue, buffered bicycle lanes between Albert Street and University Avenue, road crossing improvements that meet AODA standards, transit pads and landscaping.
Columbia Street from Fischer-Hallman Road to Erbsville Road
New active transportation features include a multi-use trail on the south boulevard, a sidewalk on the north boulevard, segregated bicycle lanes, and a new, longer culvert across Clair Creek. This project is still in progress and will be completed in 2018 with an expansion of the roadway from two to four lanes, a roundabout at the intersection at Chancery Lane/Bennington Gate and intersection improvements at Fischer-Hallman Road and Erbsville Road.
Hughes Lane
This mosaic art, titled 14 Neighbours , by local artist Jason Panda, located between the Button Factory and the CN Tracks just off of Regina Street South creates a unique connection between the Laurel/Spur Line Trail and the Trans Canada Trail and is the first official shared space in Waterloo for all modes of transportation.
Walter Bean Trail
The last section of the Walter Bean Trail within the City of Waterloo was completed as part of the Woolwich Street reconstruction. The trail is located along the north side of Woolwich Street from Maverick Street to Kiwanis Park Drive.
Winter Bike to Work Day Illustration
FEB 24
Try out a fat bike!
Winterloo Saturday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
FEB 25
Starts at 10 a.m. at 1522 Glasgow St., Waterloo
Registration starts March 7
Community Transportation Event
Carl Zehr Square 1 - 4 p.m.
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