Across Kitchener, you’ll find different types of bike infrastructure. All projects are guided by our Cycling and Trails Master Plan, which focuses on creating a city-wide network of cycling routes and trails that is comfortable for people of “All Ages and Abilities.”

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On this page:

  1. Current projects
  2. Separated bike lanes
  3. Multi-use trails
  4. Neighbourhood bikeways
  5. Painted bike lanes
  6. Bike boxes

Current projects

Separated bike lane pilot project

We are currently piloting separated bike lanes on these roads:

  • Belmont Avenue between Glasgow Street and Queen’s Boulevard
  • Queen’s Boulevard between Belmont Avenue and Westheights Drive
  • Water Street between King Street and Joseph Street

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We anticipate that this pilot project will calm traffic and make these streets safer for all road users, including cyclists. This pilot project allows staff to evaluate the impact of these facilities on cycling ridership, cyclist safety, overall user experience and full lifecycle cost analysis.

We chose these streets primarily for their connections to nearby cycling infrastructure. Belmont Avenue was also a detour route for the Iron Horse Trail while it was closed. We painted new markings along the bike lanes and added a physical barrier of rubber bumper blocks and flexible bollards.

Downtown cycling grid

The downtown grid is based on the input of 5,000 residents. It will be a continuous and protected cycling network that connects adjacent neighbourhoods to the downtown. Construction of the grid will begin in 2021.

Just like the ION LRT significantly reshaped the downtown, this project will transform how people move around by making it safe, comfortable, and convenient for people of all ages and abilities to bike.

The downtown cycling grid connects to popular trails like the Iron Horse Trail, Spur Line Trail, and the Great Trail, creating a new way for people to access all that downtown has to offer.

Separated bike lanes

To add physical separation between vehicles and cyclists, we create separated bike lanes using bollards, curbs, raised medians or parking. This physical separation improves safety and makes cycling more comfortable for all ages and abilities.

Multi-use trails

Pedestrians and cyclists share multi-use trails, whether the trail is fully off-road or in the boulevard next to a street. If you are on a bike, please yield to slower moving pedestrians to keep everyone safe.

Neighbourhood bikeways

These quiet streets can be enjoyed in a low-stress environment without designated space, as they have low traffic volume and speeds. You can often find these bikeways by looking for a blue bike route marker or wayfinding signage.

Some neighbourhood bikeways have painted chevron arrows, called sharrows, to remind drivers and cyclists to share the road in single file until it is safe to pass. On all roads with sharrows, the speed limit is 40 km/h.

Painted bike lanes

A marked lane on roads for cyclists. These lanes are between the road and sidewalk, marked with:

  • white line
  • bicycle and diamond pavement markings
  • cyclist-only signs pointing to the lane

Bike boxes

You’ll find bike boxes at several intersections with separated or painted bike lanes. These areas help make cyclists more visible to drivers and reduce the risk of a “right hook” collision.

When a traffic light turns green and a cyclist is in a bike box, they can continue through the intersection ahead of drivers.

What cyclists should know

  • when the traffic light is red, enter the bike box from the attached green bike lane
  • stop in the bike box ahead of queued cars and before the crosswalk
  • when the light turns green, continue normally

What drivers should know

  • when the traffic light is yellow or red, stop behind the white stop line and do not enter the green bike box
  • keep the green bike box clear for cyclists
  • when the light turns green, allow cyclists to move first and then continue normally
  • always signal when turning
  • check that the bike box and bike lane are empty before turning right