A pedestrian-first street: Market District

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Why a pedestrian-first street?

We are planning to create a pedestrian-first street between the Kitchener Market ION Station and the Kitchener Market. A pedestrian-first space makes it easier to walk to the Market and host events and activities out on the street. It will also support the Market in serving as a community hub for the east end, which residents have told us is a key priority.

Creating people-friendly transportation options and a vibrant economy are items in City of Kitchener's Strategic Plan. Currently, the Kitchener Market uses parts of Eby Street for Saturday market vendors. This reveals one of many possible uses for streets that are oriented around the pedestrian experience. The city's Planning Around Rapid Transit Stations (PARTS) is guiding new developments around the Market. Kitchener City Council also approved plans to convert Cedar Street to a one-way street. This would allow for the addition of separated bike lanes. All these initiatives will change and influence the pedestrian experience.

What can be done to support pedestrians in the Market District? Your feedback will help us develop programming and physical improvement plans. That work will start with low-cost and flexible improvements in 2022-2023. Together, we'll create a long-term vision for a pedestrian-first street in the Market District.

Share your thoughts

Please complete the online survey and ideas board below. You can also talk with us at pop-up engagements on selected Market Saturdays and Thursday Music at the Market nights (see In-Person Engagement Opportunities for more details). We'll also be reaching out directly to local businesses and stakeholders. Lastly, we will be hosting a series of walking workshops with a variety of ages, abilities, ethnicities, and interest groups (by invitation only due to pandemic gathering limits). We can't wait to hear from you!






Why a pedestrian-first street?

We are planning to create a pedestrian-first street between the Kitchener Market ION Station and the Kitchener Market. A pedestrian-first space makes it easier to walk to the Market and host events and activities out on the street. It will also support the Market in serving as a community hub for the east end, which residents have told us is a key priority.

Creating people-friendly transportation options and a vibrant economy are items in City of Kitchener's Strategic Plan. Currently, the Kitchener Market uses parts of Eby Street for Saturday market vendors. This reveals one of many possible uses for streets that are oriented around the pedestrian experience. The city's Planning Around Rapid Transit Stations (PARTS) is guiding new developments around the Market. Kitchener City Council also approved plans to convert Cedar Street to a one-way street. This would allow for the addition of separated bike lanes. All these initiatives will change and influence the pedestrian experience.

What can be done to support pedestrians in the Market District? Your feedback will help us develop programming and physical improvement plans. That work will start with low-cost and flexible improvements in 2022-2023. Together, we'll create a long-term vision for a pedestrian-first street in the Market District.

Share your thoughts

Please complete the online survey and ideas board below. You can also talk with us at pop-up engagements on selected Market Saturdays and Thursday Music at the Market nights (see In-Person Engagement Opportunities for more details). We'll also be reaching out directly to local businesses and stakeholders. Lastly, we will be hosting a series of walking workshops with a variety of ages, abilities, ethnicities, and interest groups (by invitation only due to pandemic gathering limits). We can't wait to hear from you!





  • Your input will help us understand the current pedestrian experience between the Kitchener Market and Kitchener Market LRT station. We also ask for your ideas and suggestions for improvement. This survey will take 5-10 minutes to complete.

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Page last updated: 18 August 2021, 14:53