<br />COMMUNITY &INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES COMMITTEEMINUTES
<br />APRIL 3, 2017 CITY OF KITCHENER
<br />The Community and Infrastructure Services Committee met this date, commencing at 10:00 a.m.
<br />Present: Councillor B. Ioannidis - Chair
<br />Mayor B. Vrbanovic and Councillors S. Davey, F. Etherington, Y. Fernandes, K.
<br />Galloway-Sealock, J. Gazzola, Z. Janecki, S. Marsh, D. Schnider and P. Singh.
<br />Staff: J. Willmer, Chief Administrative Officer
<br /> D. Chapman, Deputy CAO, Finance and Corporate Services
<br /> M. May, Deputy CAO, Community Services
<br /> C. Fletcher, Interim Executive Director, Infrastructure Services
<br /> J. Readman, Interim Executive Director, Infrastructure Services
<br /> C. Bluhm, Interim Executive Director, Economic Development
<br /> D. McGoldrick, Director, Operations Environmental Services
<br /> H. Gross, Director, Engineering
<br /> M. Hildebrand, Director, Community Programs and Services
<br /> K. Carmichael, Interim Director, Transportation Services
<br /> G. MacNeil, Interim Director, By-law Enforcement
<br /> S. Di Donato, Manager, Arts & Creative Industries
<br /> L. Palubeski, Manager, Programs & Resource Services
<br /> D. Pimentel, Active Transportation Planning Project Manager
<br /> C. Goodeve, Committee Administrator
<br /> J. Bunn, Committee Administrator
<br />Pursuant to Chapter 25 (Procedure) of the Municipal Code, a motion was brought forward by
<br />Councillor S. Marsh to discuss Item 5, and Councillor F. Etherington to discuss Item 8, listed on the
<br />Agenda as Consent items, which were voted on and Carried.
<br />1. INS-17-003 WILSON AVENUE BIKE LANE IMPLEMENTATION
<br />The Committee considered Infrastructure Services Department report INS-17-003, dated
<br />March 15, 2017 regarding the installation of on-street bicycle lanes on both sides of Wilson
<br />Avenue and the proposed on-street parking changes.
<br />Mr. Ray Hart was in attendance to speak in opposition to the recommendation outlined in
<br />Report INS-17-003, expressing concerns related to existing deterioration of the road surface
<br />and high vehicle speeds on Wilson Avenue. He questioned the timing of installation of cycling
<br />lanes, noting the road will be reconstructed in 2022. He suggested that alternatively the
<br />recommendation be deferred until road improvements are made.
<br />In response to questions regarding the quality of the road surface on Wilson Avenue, Mr. K.
<br />Carmichael indicated that through coordination with Operations and Transportation Services
<br />Divisions, improvements are generally made to the road surface before cycling lanes are
<br />installed. He indicated that there are many examples of functional bike lanes on poor quality
<br />road surfaces that are well used. He noted that staff will continue to study the area for
<br />functionality and usage.
<br />In response to further questions, Mr. Carmichael advised that under the current design,
<br />additional space for the cyclist lane would not be possible. He noted that a rebuild of the road
<br />could consider wider lanes; however, an additional cost would be associated with expanding
<br />the road surface.
<br />On motion by Councillor Y. Fernandes -
<br />it was resolved:
<br /> That on-street bicycle lanes be installed on both sides of Wilson Avenue from
<br /> Kingsdale Community Centre to Traynor Avenue; and,
<br /> That on-street parking be prohibited on the north side of Wilson Avenue between
<br /> Kingsdale Community Centre and Traynor Avenue; and further,
<br /> That the Uniform Traffic Bylaw be amended, as outlined in Infrastructure Services
<br /> Department report INS-17-003.