Unique bike lanes could be coming to Kitchener
Published Friday, April 12, 2019 12:33PM EDT
The City of Kitchener is looking for community feedback before adding two-way bike lanes on one-way streets.
They’re called contraflow bike lanes, and the city is proposing to add them on a number of streets:
Young Street between Duke Street West and Maynard Avenue
Duke Street East between Cedar Street North and Pandora Avenue North
“The advantage of a contraflow bike lane on Young Street specifically is that it would allow a safer crossing at a light to get across Weber Street, including a bike sensor and signal that would have a dedicated phase for the bike going in the opposite direction of motor vehicles,” explains Darren Kropf with the City of Kitchener.
Both streets include a one-way stretch. With the new lanes, cyclists would be allowed to go both directions, but it would mean a loss of some parking spots in both areas.
This style of bike lane is already employed effectively in other cities like Toronto.
The city hopes the lanes will provide a safer, more convenient route for cyclists in the downtown core.
Residents will be able to chime in at a public meeting later this month.