Slow, calmed, and closed streets

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Slow street being used by car and bike, with sign indicating local traffic and shared space for pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

In 2020, Waterloo city council unanimously approved a motion directing staff to review opportunities to create more active transportation space to help with physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff developed some new measures, and fast-tracked others to create safer spaces for walking, cycling and other modes of active transportation. The new initiatives included slow streets, reduced speed and traffic calmed streets, and closed streets. If you haven't come across any of these areas yet, there's a full list of streets and details on our website. You may have also noticed temporary cycling lanes in the city; the Region of Waterloo had their own projects to support active transportation.

A report recently went before Waterloo council, and flexible bollards will be installed Uptown and on Waterloo Street as part of our regular seasonal traffic calming program. More information and data is being collected for the 40k/h and 30km/h neighbourhoods and streets, with a report to council later summer, 2021.


In 2020, Waterloo city council unanimously approved a motion directing staff to review opportunities to create more active transportation space to help with physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Staff developed some new measures, and fast-tracked others to create safer spaces for walking, cycling and other modes of active transportation. The new initiatives included slow streets, reduced speed and traffic calmed streets, and closed streets. If you haven't come across any of these areas yet, there's a full list of streets and details on our website. You may have also noticed temporary cycling lanes in the city; the Region of Waterloo had their own projects to support active transportation.

A report recently went before Waterloo council, and flexible bollards will be installed Uptown and on Waterloo Street as part of our regular seasonal traffic calming program. More information and data is being collected for the 40k/h and 30km/h neighbourhoods and streets, with a report to council later summer, 2021.


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