The Planning and Works Committee meets at 9am on April 12th and a couple of transportation items stood out to me. You can see the full agenda and staff reports here.
First up is a review of Iron Horse Trail Crossings of Regional Roads: The recommended motion is that council approve the installation of a Level 2 Pedestrian Crossover – Type C, on Borden Avenue at the Iron Horse Trail Crossing.
If you're curious as to what's involved in selecting crossing types, the report states that "criteria used to establish the need for additional control for trail users includes a review of pedestrian volume, delay to those pedestrians crossing, vehicular traffic volume and a detailed assessment of the roadway characteristics. In general, to consider additional pedestrian control, a minimum of 100 pedestrians crossing the roadway must be observed during the highest 8-hour period."
Staff surveyed pedestrian and vehicular volumes on Borden Avenue at the Iron Horse Trail crossing; the survey observed that 66 pedestrians and 94 cyclists crossed Borden Avenue during an 8-hour period, thereby warranting a Level 2 PXO, Type C.
A Level 2 PXO, Type C consists of signs, pavement marking and rapid rectangular flashing beacons. Pedestrians may (but are not required to) activate the beacons to alert motorists when they intend to cross Borden Avenue.
A review of the Queen Street/Iron Horse Trail crossing shows that there was a combined total of 880 pedestrians and cyclists crossing Queen Street at the Iron Horse Trail, with 316 of those users delayed greater than 10 seconds. Combining these active modes of travel with vehicular volume shows that a pedestrian / cyclist traffic control signal is warranted. Staff are working with the Railway Authority to implement a signals interconnect system with the nearby railway signal located west of the Iron Horse Trail crossing.
The estimated costs for the Level 2 Pedestrian Crossover on Borden Avenue and the pedestrian/cyclist traffic signals on Queen Street are $17,000 and $135,000, respectively.
Regional staff does not recommend a separate Level 2 Pedestrian Crossover nor a separate Pedestrian/Cyclist Traffic Signal at the Courtland/Stirling intersection, nor on Victoria Street just west of Strange Street / West Avenue, because adjacent traffic control signals are situated less than 100m away from these crossings. Provincial guidelines recommend that Level 2 Crossings or Pedestrian Traffic Signals not be installed when an adjacent traffic signal or controlled crossing is less than 200m away to avoid potential operational and safety concerns.
Given this constraint, Regional staff are in the process of redesigning the connection between the trail and the existing signalized intersection at Courtland Avenue and Stirling to include a new multi-use trail connection and cyclist crossrides. It is anticipated that construction will begin in July 2022. Regional staff will initiate a review of Victoria Street at Strange Street / West Avenue for similar enhancements / opportunities.
Micromobility is also on the agenda. The first recommended motion: That the Regional amend Traffic and Parking Bylaw to add the definition and provisions for the use of electric kick-scooters (“e-scooters”) with an effective date of July 1, 2022. The second recommended motion: That the Region approves the Shared Micromobility Implementation Plan in principle and authorize staff to issue a request for proposals, in coordination with the Cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo, for a shared micromobility operator.