Bikeway types

Suburbs

The City of Kitchener is continually upgrading and expanding our bike network. The types of bike infrastructure that residents can expect to see in the future are listed below and here is a list of projects underway for 2019.

Separated bike lanes on Belmont Avenue, Queen's Boulevard, and Water Street

This pilot project will calm traffic, make roadways safer in areas where it has been uncomfortable to bike and evaluate the life cycle cost of separated bike lanes and the impact on bike ridership, safety and user experience. Belmont Avenue is a detour route for the Iron Horse Trail closure this summer and connects to Glasgow bike lanes and Filsinger Park Trail. Queen's Boulevard provides a key cycling connection to downtown from the west end of Kitchener. Water Street provides additional protect to existing bike lanes in a high profile, downtown location.

Dutch roundabout

The City of Kitchener is piloting a “Dutch roundabout” at the intersection of Strasburg Road and Huron Road. A Dutch roundabout provides a protected outer ring adjacent to pedestrian crossings for cyclists to cross in their own designated space. It will be one of the first of its kind in Canada and will determine if the design is feasible at other locations throughout Waterloo Region.

Contraflow bike lanes on Duke Street and Young Street

Contraflow bike lanes enable two-way bicycle travel on a road that is designated as one way for motor vehicles. The proposed Young Street connection will provide a safer and more convenient route into the downtown across Weber Street. The proposed Duke Street connection will provide a safer and more convenient route into the downtown using Duke Street.

Separated bike lanes

Separated bike lanes provide space exclusively for bicycles and include a form of physical separation on the travelled portion of the roadway, such as bollards, curbs, planter boxes, raised medians or parking. The higher the level of protection from adjacent motor vehicles, the more attractive the bike lane becomes to all ages and abilities. Separated bike lanes are appropriate on roads with moderate to high motor vehicle volumes and speeds.

Bike Boxes

 View the bike box posterThank you to the City of Ottawa for use of their bike box image.

Illustration of a bike box

 

A bike box is used at intersections to increase the visibility of cyclists and help avoid collisions. Cyclists are positioned in front of motorists and can therefore proceed through the intersection first when the light turns green. Right turns on red lights are generally not permitted in these intersections. Bike boxes increase cyclist visibility and reduce the risk of "right hook" collisions after a green signal.  Kitchener's bike boxes are located in the downtown on Water Street, between King Street and Joseph Street. 

  • What cyclists should know:  When a traffic signal is red, enter the bike box from the approaching green bike lane. Stop before the crosswalk. When the light is green, cyclists should proceed normally. Be aware of right-turning motorists, especially while in the intersection.

  • What motorists should know: When the traffic signal is yellow or red motorists must stop behind the white stop line, before the green bike box.  Do not stop on top of the bike box as it must be kept clear for cyclists. When the light turns green, motorists and cyclists may move through the intersection as usual, with cyclists going first. Motorists making a right turn must signal and check to see that the bike box in front of them and the bike lane on their right is clear before proceeding.

Sharrows

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Sharrow icon

 

Pavement markings, represented as a bicycle with two chevrons, remind motorists and cyclists to be courteous and share the road. Super-sharrows expand upon regular sharrows through further treatments such as coloured paint to create a highly visible presence on the street. The speed limit is 40 km/h for all roads with sharrows.

  • What cyclists should know: Sharrows indicate that cyclists may take the whole travel lane. Ride in the direction of traffic and in single-file, at least one metre from the curb or parked cars to avoid the "door-zone" of parked vehicles. Sidewalks are reserved for pedestrians, although cyclists are welcome to dismount and walk with their bicycle on sidewalks.
  • What motorists should know: Sharrows positioned in the middle of the lane remind you that it is unsafe to drive side-by-side with cyclists. Whenever a cyclist claims the lane, be patient as the cyclist is likely not going that much slower than the posted speed limit of 40 km/h. You should only pass a cyclist when there is enough space to do so. It is the law to always provide a minimum of one metre between your vehicle and the cyclist. In Downtown Kitchener, motorists should be aware of narrow traffic lanes, frequent blocks, wide sidewalks, high pedestrian traffic and low traffic speeds. This is an ideal environment for cyclists and motorists to share the road. Motorists should be cautious when pulling into or out of parking spaces and always look for oncoming cyclists before opening a car door.

 

Marked shared-use lane

Share road sign

 

Traffic lanes which are marked with a "Share the Road" sign and / or sharrow pavement markings.

Bicycle lanes 

Bicycle lane sign

 

A travel lane on an urban roadway intended for use by cyclists only, marked by a white line, bicycle and diamond pavement markings, and regulatory signs indicating their use reserved for cyclists. 

Boulevard multi-use trail

Shared pathway sign

A multi-use trail, intended for pedestrians (walking, wheelchair, rollerblading, skateboarding, etc.) and cyclists. Cyclists are expected to yield to slower moving pedestrians to ensure everyone’s safety.

Signed bicycle route

Bike route sign

 

Typically a quiet, local street posted with a 'bicycle route' sign to indicate that it is a link in a cycling network, connects to a key destination, or provides continuity for cyclists along local streets that connect to other bike infrastructure.

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