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Kitchener approves contraflow bike lanes on Young Street

Signage and sharrows to come later this fall
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Kitchener city council has voted unanimously to add new bike lanes to Young Street from Duke Street to Weber Street.

Barry Cronkite, Director of Transportation Services with the City of Kitchener, has been working on a number of projects and initiatives from the 2010 Cycling Master Plan.

He says this was needed to help connect "a number of facilities" and "get people to and from the downtown."

"We know that the downtown is an area that's of high desired destination for cyclist," he says. "It ties to the Bike lanes on Margaret Avenue and then connects to Weber Street, it indirectly connects to the Spurline trail, so it's a really good connection."

Young is a one-way street after Weber, which means previous cyclist had to break the law if they rode in the opposite direction.

The city will be placing contraflow bike lanes later in the fall to amend this.

"So all we're doing is installing sharrows and some signage for, essentially, a wayfinding tool, but these are the type of streets when you're looking at a cycling master plan that are traditionally called 'quiet streets'. So they're streets that have low volume, low speed and the caveat here was that you could only go in one direction as a cyclist, so we're alleviating that problem."

The idea is to guide cyclists to take Young down to the Weber street intersection and cross safely rather than have to cut through at another section of the road.

Cronkite says it's a relatively cheap upgrade for Kitchener with the signage and pavement marking coming out to $14,000. Bike signal and sensors on Young however, come out to $42,000. They operate similar to other car sensors.




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