In the months before the 2018 municipal election, CycleWR volunteers have been taking municipal electoral candidates for bike rides to show off the best and worst of the cycling infrastructure in their ward/city/region. For a full list of completed rides, click here. CycleWR is a non-partisan organization that does not support any particular party or candidate. Summaries are written by volunteers or candidates and may not reflect the mandate or views of CycleWR. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week I had the pleasure of biking from #midtownkw to @UpTownWaterloo with @kariwilliamswr, candidate for regional council. We checked out the Laurel trail crossing on Bridgeport, the uptown lanes, central Promenade and as @Laurier alums had to go up Seagram! #cycleWR pic.twitter.com/3z5SfSwLra
— Emily Slofstra (@emilymidtownkw) August 14, 2018
Kari and I [CycleWR Chair Emily] biked from midtown Kitchener to uptown Waterloo. We looked at the trail crossings along Bridgeport that are coming to regional council in the next few months, and watched traffic at them for a few minutes. Kari and I are both Laurier alumni, so we biked past WLU and remarked how it had changed. Kari biked a lot during university but doesn’t as much anymore due to the lack of cycling infrastructure around her home in Kitchener, so she seemed to see the urgent need for improvements!
From Kari’s platform:
“I also want to see more connection and accessibility between the different types of transit infrastructure. The cycling infrastructure needs to be improved to entice more people to use active transportation. Trails and walkways need to be maintained and completed quickly to ensure the safety of those who walk or use mobility devices. I want to see our transit system be efficient, affordable, and have increased ridership. If many of these improvements can be made, we will be able to create a more cohesive network of active and public transportation.”