Waterloo looking for feedback on slow streets and more

Posted On Wednesday July 29, 2020

The City of Waterloo is looking for feedback on our slow, reduced speed and closed streets. These areas were recently designated to offer safer spaces for walking, cycling and other modes of active transportation during the pandemic. As people begin to use them, we’re looking for feedback, and have posted a short survey at engage.ca/waterloo. The survey will be open through September 2020. 

Earlier this year, 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, resulting in slow streets, reduced speed and traffic calmed (temporary speed bump) streets, and closed streets. Visit the city’s website for more information on all of these changes, including a map of where they can be found. 

The closed streets (Princess Street and Willis Way) will reopen in early September, and the slow streets will reopen in October. We’d like to hear about how you feel using these new, temporary spaces, and whether anything we've done has encouraged you to walk, bike or otherwise be more active when it comes to transportation this summer. 

The temporary 40km/h streets and neighbourhoods (located in the Eastbridge, Old Abbey and Westvale neighbourhoods) and the 30 km/h school zones (in Eastbridge and Westvale), including any speed bumps, will remain in place until the spring of 2021. The city will look for additional comments on these areas in early 2021, as more people return to work and to school. 

For more information, please visit our active transportation webpage


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Media contact: 

Cari Howard
Manager, Corporate Communications
City of Waterloo