Separated bike lane pilot

With the goal of making cycling safer and more accessible, the Region of Waterloo is building a 5 km separated cycling network pilot project. This 18 month pilot project begins in late Summer 2019.

The Region of Waterloo has identified and designed a network of separated cycling facilities (bike lanes) as a pilot project. The network measure approximately 5 km and includes linkages along University Avenue, Columbia Street, Albert Street , King Street and Erb Street with connects along the Laurel Trail through Waterloo Park. (More detailed information on the pilot can be found on our webpage )

Separated cycling facilities are designated bicycle lanes that are next to the roadway but physically separated from vehicular traffic. The separated cycling facilities have be made “separate” with a number of different treatments including using bollards or a roll curb. They help distinguish the area for cycling from motor vehicle traffic. The linkages in this pilot project were selected through an identification and evaluation process.

During the next 18 months, Regional staff will be gathering data and information on the usage, maintenance and operation practices. We encourage you to take the survey and let us know what you like, don't like and ways we can improve. The cycling facilities will be adapted over the course of the pilot project based on your input.

In the Winter of 2021, Regional staff will report back to Regional Council to present finding of the pilot.

The Region of Waterloo has identified and designed a network of separated cycling facilities (bike lanes) as a pilot project. The network measure approximately 5 km and includes linkages along University Avenue, Columbia Street, Albert Street , King Street and Erb Street with connects along the Laurel Trail through Waterloo Park. (More detailed information on the pilot can be found on our webpage )

Separated cycling facilities are designated bicycle lanes that are next to the roadway but physically separated from vehicular traffic. The separated cycling facilities have be made “separate” with a number of different treatments including using bollards or a roll curb. They help distinguish the area for cycling from motor vehicle traffic. The linkages in this pilot project were selected through an identification and evaluation process.

During the next 18 months, Regional staff will be gathering data and information on the usage, maintenance and operation practices. We encourage you to take the survey and let us know what you like, don't like and ways we can improve. The cycling facilities will be adapted over the course of the pilot project based on your input.

In the Winter of 2021, Regional staff will report back to Regional Council to present finding of the pilot.

  • In this survey, we are referring to the separated cycling lanes that are part of the Region of Waterloo pilot, which are located only in the City of Waterloo. They are on Columbia Street, University Avenue, King Street, Albert Street, and Erb Street. The image below shows where the separated cycling lanes are installed:


    The purpose of this survey is to gather initial feedback on the separated cycling lanes. This survey will be the baseline that we will use to measure progress and changes at the end of the pilot. Your input will help us shape

    In this survey, we are referring to the separated cycling lanes that are part of the Region of Waterloo pilot, which are located only in the City of Waterloo. They are on Columbia Street, University Avenue, King Street, Albert Street, and Erb Street. The image below shows where the separated cycling lanes are installed:


    The purpose of this survey is to gather initial feedback on the separated cycling lanes. This survey will be the baseline that we will use to measure progress and changes at the end of the pilot. Your input will help us shape the outcome of the separated cycling lanes as we work through the pilot over the next 18 months. We ask that you answer the questions to best of your abilities. The survey is expected to take 5-10 minutes for you to complete and will be open until March 15, 2020.

    There will be limited number of staff members at the Region who will have access to the raw data and will be shared on a need to know basis. Any information you provide will remain confidential. All results will be grouped together and reported as averages or themes with any identifying information removed. It is possible the aggregated results will be included in a future report to Council, or will be publicly released in other ways, such as the Region's website, social media accounts or the Engage Waterloo Region project page.

    If you have questions about the separated cycling lanes pilot project or the survey, please contact Hanan Wahib, Senior Engineer by email at hwahib@regionofwaterloo.ca or by phone at 519-575-4400 x 4811. Please visit the Region of Waterloo website for more information on the separated cycling lane pilot project.

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