Downtown Cycling Grid

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This project has concluded. On Dec 15, 2020 Kitchener City Council approved the downtown cycling grid, connecting the downtown core to adjacent neighbourhoods and regional cycling arteries. Public consultation showed a strong desire for better-connected cycling options downtown and for more people-friendly transportation options. The population in downtown continues to grow at a rapid pace in the downtown and many are looking for greater mode choice. The pandemic has also highlighted the demand for high quality cycling facilities as we adjust to the new norm. A downtown grid was identified as a necessary step in connecting Kitchener’s neighbourhoods together, and the community identified their preference of which streets would receive cycling upgrades in the downtown. Changes were made to the plan as a result of the latest round of communication, including changes to Joseph, Duke, Ontario and Water Streets. 

Following the input of over 4,000 residents through the city’s Strategic Plan and Cycling and Trails Master Plan, this project includes the installation of a continuous and protected cycling network that connects adjacent neighbourhoods to the downtown. Just like the ION LRT significantly reshaped the downtown, this project will transform how people move around by making it safe, comfortable, and convenient for people of all ages and abilities to bike. Cycling has been shown to generate economic activity for small businesses, can assist with physical distancing for transportation needs during the pandemic, and reduce carbon emissions. The Downtown Cycling Grid connects to popular trails like the Iron Horse Trail, Spur Line Trail, and the Great Trail, creating a new way for people to access all that downtown has to offer.

Following the input of over 4,000 residents through the city’s Strategic Plan and Cycling and Trails Master Plan, this project includes the installation of a continuous and protected cycling network that connects adjacent neighbourhoods to the downtown. Just like the ION LRT significantly reshaped the downtown, this project will transform how people move around by making it safe, comfortable, and convenient for people of all ages and abilities to bike. Cycling has been shown to generate economic activity for small businesses, can assist with physical distancing for transportation needs during the pandemic, and reduce carbon emissions. The Downtown Cycling Grid connects to popular trails like the Iron Horse Trail, Spur Line Trail, and the Great Trail, creating a new way for people to access all that downtown has to offer.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    Each of the survey questions will describe an element of the downtown cycling grid, where it will be implemented and ask for your opinion. We want to know what you think! Survey closes on November 11, 2020.

    This project has concluded. On Dec 15, 2020 Kitchener City Council approved the downtown cycling grid, connecting the downtown core to adjacent neighbourhoods and regional cycling arteries. Public consultation showed a strong desire for better-connected cycling options downtown and for more people-friendly transportation options. The population in downtown continues to grow at a rapid pace in the downtown and many are looking for greater mode choice. The pandemic has also highlighted the demand for high quality cycling facilities as we adjust to the new norm. A downtown grid was identified as a necessary step in connecting Kitchener’s neighbourhoods together, and the community identified their preference of which streets would receive cycling upgrades in the downtown. Changes were made to the plan as a result of the latest round of communication, including changes to Joseph, Duke, Ontario and Water Streets. 

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