The city is redeveloping a one-block stretch of Larch Street to eliminate barriers between cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers. Waterloo's version of the Dutch woonerf street concept reduces speed limits and uses common street surfacing to de-emphasize car traffic. The Larch Street project includes benches, modular seating, and planters to create comfortable spaces for socialization.
The video detection system installed at one intersection observes the walking speeds of pedestrians. Traffic lights are adjusted to provide enough time for walkers to clear crosswalks. Six intersections along 50 Avenue use two-mode controllers that allow users to dictate the walk signal length. Pedestrians select the one-second option for default walk times and the two-second option for extended signals.
Kingston's Facilities Management team worked with RMIT University on this unique design. The solar chimney added to the Mentone Reserve Pavilion vents air naturally by using solar heat to pull inside air to the outdoors. This chimney also pulls smoke out of the building with its vent design. RMIT University researchers estimated a 50% decrease in cooling costs and a seven-fold increase in evacuation time due to the solar chimney.