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Posted November 28, 2012

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Kitchener Cycling Advisory Committee releases annual report

Kitchener – The City of Kitchener’s cycling advisory committee (KCAC) released its first annual update in a presentation to the city’s community and infrastructure services committee today. The report makes recommendations for health and safety, city infrastructure improvements, and for promoting cultural cycling behaviour.

The KCAC provides advice to council and staff on the design, development and delivery of bicycle policies, programs and facilities to promote and enhance cycling in the city. The annual report supports the implementation of the cycling master plan and priorities identified in A Plan for a Healthy Kitchener: The City of Kitchener’s Strategic Plan for 2011-2014.

Accomplishments in 2012 include:

· Pedestrian islands installed on Strasburg Road and Block Line;

· Stone dust surfacing, slope improvements and trail extension on Balzer Greenway and Walter Bean-Grand River Trail;

· 50 curb-cut installations and paving;

· Block Line resurfacing;

· Secure bicycle storage at Kitchener City Hall and Charles Street/Benton Street parking garages;

· Events such as the Councillors’ Ride, the Great Commuter Race, and the Bike2Work Challenge;

· Release of a multi-use pathways and trails master plan;

· Kitchener was the first municipality in Ontario to endorse recommendations identified in the Ontario coroner’s cycling death review, June 2012, and

· Release of the first KCAC Report Card.

The remaining priorities for 2012 include:

· Final agreement for the tender awarded to Canadian National for safety upgrades to the Iron Horse Trail rail crossing;

· Installation of signage connecting downtown Kitchener, Fairview Park Mall and Hwy 401 pedestrian-cycling bridge;

· Anticipated completion of Wilson Avenue trailhead improvements, including a commuter trail link to Conestoga College and Cambridge via the Hwy 401 pedestrian-cycling bridge, scheduled for 2013, and

· Completion of Margaret Avenue bike lanes connecting northwest Kitchener to Waterloo.

“I commend the effort, thoughtfulness and committment of our Kitchener Cycling Advisory Committee,” said Coun. Yvonne Fernandes, KCAC member. "Not only does this report identify key areas for city support of safe and healthy cycling activites but also urges the city to be accountable to dedicating resources to improving cycling infrastructure in the city."

Identified 2013 priorities include:

1. Improvements to the Iron-Horse Trail crossing

2. Safety upgrades for trail crossings with roadways

3. Bicycle-friendly downtown initiatives, including lane marking and new bicycle corrals

4. Manitou-Wilson trail signs and resurfacing improvements

5. A bicycle rack request program


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