Every year we complete transportation projects big and small to make sure everyone can get around. Whether you’re using four wheels, two wheels or none we want everyone to move through our community safely and on time.

See our map of transportation initiatives

On this page:

  1. Vision Zero
  2. Complete Streets
  3. Neighbourhood speed limit pilot
  4. Slow streets
  5. Pedestrian-first streets
  6. Delta street conversion to trail and green space
  7. Bike infrastructure

Vision Zero

A vision zero plan is an action plan focused on reducing traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries. We are working with agency partners and residents to understand where we can improve as a city.

Staff are currently working on a project plan and determining the best ways to hear from residents. More to come in 2021. Please visit the Vision Zero webpage for more information.


Complete Streets

There are many ways of getting around in Kitchener, and we are committed to providing you with people-friendly transportation options, through a Complete Streets approach to street design.

Complete streets are safe, comfortable and convenient for all forms of transportation, and all ages and abilities. Complete streets also contribute to advancing sustainability, health, and economic development goals.

Whether you're walking, cycling, taking public transit or driving, you have options for getting around.

Learn more about Kitchener's Complete Streets approach:


Neighbourhood speed limit pilot

We often hear from residents that they are concerned about speeding in their neighbourhoods, so we lowered speed limits from 50 km/h to 40 km/h in three neighbourhoods. We are evaluating the impacts, challenges and costs that come with a slower speed limit.

In the two neighbourhoods with schools, the current 40 km/h speed limit in school zones has been reduced to 30 km/h.

Each neighbourhood in the pilot project has signs posted at its entrances. Residents also received a mailed notification.

This pilot began in November 2019 and will run through 2021. Staff will monitor the three neighbourhoods and report their findings to council by the end of 2021.

In summer 2021, residents in the three pilot neighbourhoods will get a postcard that includes a link to a survey where they can provide feedback about the pilot.

Huron Park

This neighbourhood’s borders are Fischer Hallman Road, Huron Natural Area and Huron Road.

Doon South

This neighbourhood’s borders are Homer Watson Boulevard, Conestoga College Boulevard, New Dundee Road, Reidel Road, Caryndale Drive, Stauffer Drive, Tilts Bush and Schneider Greenway.

Idlewood

This neighbourhood’s borders are River Road East, Ottawa Street North, Lackner Boulevard and Fairway Road North. 


Slow streets

These streets have been temporarily changed to be more comfortable for walking, rolling and biking.

Slow Streets are closed to through traffic, but not to all vehicle traffic. This means that the only vehicles using the street should be:

  • people who live on the street
  • emergency vehicles
  • maintenance vehicles
  • delivery vehicles

We post signs at the entrances to every slow street.

Slow street locations

  • Duke Street West from Wellington Street to Waterloo Street
  • Shanley Street from Duke Street to Moore Avenue
  • Duke St East - Pandora Avenue to Cedar Street and
  • Cameron Street - Weber Street to King Street
  • Waterloo Street – from Duke Street into Waterloo
  • Avondale Avenue - from Union Boulevard into Waterloo

For more information on bike lanes, check our bike infrastructure page.


Pedestrian-first streets

Gaukel Street has been converted to a pedestrian-first street and open-air patio. Outfitted with picnic tables, strings of lights and planters to create a vibrant and inviting atmosphere, Gaukel Street is one enjoyable way that you can support nearby restaurants and shops.


Delta Street conversion to trail and green space

Traffic data collected over the past several years has shown that Delta Street carries a low volume of traffic. This traffic could be accommodated on other adjacent roadways within the City’s network. A planned reconstruction project to replace underground infrastructure beneath Delta Street has afforded us an opportunity to explore Delta Street as a trail and green space, and an extension of the Iron Horse Trail.

The Iron Horse Trail is a Multi-Use Trail running from the City of Waterloo to Ottawa Street in Kitchener, with an on-road extension on Nyberg Street to reach Sydney Street South. The conversion of Delta Street into an active transportation corridor will help connect the Rockway neighbourhood to the Iron Horse Trail, and is the next step in bringing the trail into the Kingsdale and Vanier neighbourhoods.

A Boulevard Multi-Use Trail will be constructed along Sydney Street South to connect the new trail to the existing Iron Horse Trail.

Due to lower traffic volumes and the increased need for recreational space during the COVID-19 pandemic, the City has closed Delta Street to motorized vehicle traffic. This has allowed residents the opportunity to experience Delta Street as a trail and open space. This closure is will continue until reconstruction begins in the spring of 2021. The conversion of Delta Street is expected to be complete at the end of the 2021 construction season. Delta Street will be reconstructed to a similar design as the Iron Horse Trail, and would no longer accommodate motorized vehicles.

Visit our infrastructure projects page to learn more about the Delta/Sydney/Maurice road reconstruction project.

We want to hear from you! Please send us your feedback and comments by email.


Bike infrastructure

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.”

To learn more, visit our bike infrastructure page.