DSD-19-235 - Complete Streets
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DSD-19-235 - Complete Streets
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To achieve this approach, the guidelines provide new cross-sections and street designfeatures <br />that draw on best practices from other cities and transportation planning industry standards, <br />including: <br />Narrower lanes of 3.0 m or 3.3 m for bus routes <br />Widen sidewalks from 1.5 m to 1.8 m <br />“All ages and abilities” bicycle standards, including new “cycle track” design <br />Improving transit access using features such asfloating bus stops and bus bulbs <br />Wider boulevards <br />Tighter turning radii and curb extensions <br />New woonerf alternative <br />Proposed green street alternative <br />Introduction of arterialstreet classificationsubcategories. <br />A key tool in realizing the Complete Streets vision is the Complete Streets scorecard, forcity- <br />led road reconstructions. The scorecard will encourage a culture shift in supportof the <br />Complete Streets vision, putsa stronger emphasis on sustainable modes of transportation and <br />prioritizedifferent designelements, and assistsin understanding operational and maintenance <br />impacts. <br />BACKGROUND: <br />21 <br />The City of Kitchener owns and maintains 763.1 linear km of streets on 14.1 kmof land.That <br />means approximately 45% of all city-owned land and 10% of all land in Kitchener is dedicated <br />to streets. <br />2 <br />Over 80 municipalities in Canada have taken a Complete Streets approach.Designing streets <br />for allusersisa best practiceand expectationin transportation planning, supported by leading <br />industry organizations such as Institute for Traffic Engineers (ITE), Transportation Association <br />of Canada (TAC) andNational Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO). <br />On June 24, 2019, Kitchener City Council unanimously voted to declare a climate emergency, <br />joining 400 other Canadian municipalities in highlighting the urgent need for strong action in <br />addressing the threat posed by climate change.With transportation emissions accounting for <br />3 <br />49% of total emissions in Waterloo Region, every street project is an opportunity to transform <br />the city’s transportation system to provide more transportation options and helpachieve the <br />city’s climate action goals. <br />1 <br />According to City of Kitchener Geographic Information System (GIS) data. <br />2 <br />The Centre for Active Transportation, “Where are Complete Streets in Canada?” <br />https://www.completestreetsforcanada.ca/locations/. <br />3 <br />Climate Action Waterloo Region, “Our Progress, Our Path: An Update on Waterloo Region’s Community Carbon <br />Footprint” (Kitchener, 2015). <br />2 - 2 <br />
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