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Uptown Streetscape Improvement

A man and woman wearing hardhats

The much-anticipated segregated bike lanes on King Street in uptown Waterloo are now complete and ready for use by the public. These new bike lanes have been marked with cycling symbols and no parking signs have been installed along the corridor. For the safety of our cycling community, residents are reminded not to park on these new cycling lanes. The City of Waterloo will be enforcing the no-parking bylaw along the new streetscape now that the bike lanes are complete and open for cycling. Green paint has been used to identify cycling crossings to motorists and to further define the bike lanes. These new cycling crossings are based on a relatively new design treatment called a protected intersection and will be the first in the Region of Waterloo and the Province.

The benefits of the protected intersection design at King-Erb include:

  • shorter crossing distances for cyclists and pedestrians;
  • continued separation for cyclists (versus having to merge back into traffic);
  • safer refuge for cyclists to wait at the signals for the lights to change;
  • off-set crossing locations which provide more time for motorists turning to react and stop when a cyclist/pedestrian is crossing the street (similar to the crosswalk design at University and King);
  • more visibility for cyclists/pedestrians as the refuge area is further ahead from vehicles stopped at the light (motorists can look to their side as opposed to over their shoulder); and 
  • a meandering approach for cyclists entering the intersection which encourages cyclists to slow down before crossing the street.

The image below shows the protected intersection with the bike lane crossing marked in green running alongside the pedestrian crosswalk. 

King Street protected intersection

Tell us what you think!

The Region of Waterloo is conducting a survey to understand what residents and businesses in the community think about the streetscape improvements to date. Please take five to ten minutes to complete this survey by Friday, November 30, 2018 and let the Region of Waterloo know what you think of the new changes.

Online survey

Work to be completed in 2019

In consultation with the Waterloo UpTown BIA in the fall of 2018, it was decided that the streetscaping work and full road reconstruction north of Bridgeport Road would be deferred to at least 2019. More details will be provided closer to the time of construction. Sign up to receive email alerts for road, sidewalk and trail closures. 

Background

The streetscape improvement project for King Street North in the uptown core, from Central Street to just south of Erb Street, was initiated in order to:

  • make King Street more accessible for all modes of transportation, including pedestrians;
  • create a streetscape environment that offers a safe, lively, accessible and attractive place to work, live, shop, learn and play; and
  • to co-ordinate streetscape design elements and improve the quality of business and economic life in uptown Waterloo.

Work done included the replacement of underground infrastructure (stormwater, sanitary sewers, watermain and underground utilities), reconstruction of the roadway to two lanes with segregated bike lanes on King Street and wider sidewalks, adding new pedestrian-centric street lights, trees, landscaping and street furniture.

Public engagement

Feb. 28, 2018 UpTown BIA annual general meeting - The Region of Waterloo presented information to the membership providing more information on the King Street work north of Bridgeport Road (stage 3) and other projects planned in uptown Waterloo, including the completion of bike lanes.  

April 13, 2017 meeting with the UpTown BIA -  The City of Waterloo, in conjunction with the Region of Waterloo, hosted an information meeting with local businesses to share timelines and construction details. The following documents pertain to this meeting:

  • Public information package delivered to area residents, businesses and individuals who attended previous information centres on this subject  This notice included details and timing of the construction.
  • Presentation boards used at the meeting with information about the final design, scheduling and a review of how vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be impacted during construction.  

Jan. 31, 2017 public information centre - The City of  Waterloo, in conjunction with the Region of Waterloo, hosted a public information centre to share final design details for the proposed improvements to King Street and the construction timing of the project. In addition, traffic flow plans during construction were shared. The following documents pertain to this information centre:

Please note: The City of Waterloo strives to make all of its services accessible to all, including this website. Some of the documents on this page were prepared by a third-party consultant and may be inaccessible in their current format. If you would like any of these documents in an alternate format, please contact the project manager using the information at the top of this page.

Additional information

Should you have any questions or concerns about this project, please contact Eric Saunderson, senior project manager, Region of Waterloo, 519-575-4746 or esaunderson@regionofwaterloo.ca.