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Karen and I [CycleWR chair Emily] met for coffee in August to talk about cycling. Karen was excited about making Waterloo Region bicycle friendly, but had concerns about the budget. We discussed some of the other small concerns with regional issues that she wasn’t aware of, like the difficulties in getting signs up on multi-use trails (ie. how the one on Weber St took two years).
She was also surprised to learn that there are drivers who seem to irrationally dislike cyclists (not that there are many of them, but they definitely exist in KW), and agreed that the region should find ways of actually measuring whether or not regional roads do prioritize cyclists and pedestrians.
Karen’s platform states:
“Action on the vision that incorporates road sharing of automobiles, bicycles and pedestrians is overdue. Implementation of the walking/cycling master plan is key to achieving a diverse transportation system.”
Our chair had a great meeting with regional chair candidate @redman4region this morning. There was too much to discuss so we skipped the bike ride, but it’s clear Karen understands the challenges facing people who bike, and that the fixes are multi-faceted. #cyclewr pic.twitter.com/K3IqPkljh6
— CycleWR (@Cycle_WR) August 15, 2018