Addressing misconceptions about Complete Streets and Vision Zero in our hometown

If we can’t simply pave our way to a solution, then growing cities must come up with ways to better use the road network they have. – Kurtis McBride, CEO, Miovision

Many towns and cities are embracing Complete Streets and Vision Zero initiatives – working to make their streets work for all users, including pedestrians and cyclists. It’s natural for some people to question these changes – particularly frustrated drivers who can’t understand how sharing already-congested roads might be beneficial to them. 

Kitchener, Ontario, where Miovision is headquartered, is no different. The city has embarked on a Complete Streets effort and is considering a Vision Zero initiative, much to the chagrin of a local opinion writer. His editorial marched out common misconceptions – that these changes were being made to appease a minority of cycling and pedestrian advocacy groups and that they would simply make driving more difficult. 

Miovision CEO Kurtis McBride responded with his own opinion piece, sharing the challenges cities face in managing traffic and outlining how – with the right tools – these initiatives can make roads more efficient and safer for all users. Read his editorial here: Vehicle-centric planning won’t lead to more efficient travel

That editorial led to an interview on the topic with local radio station 570 News. See the December 2 edition of the Mike Farwell Show at the 64 minute, 50 second mark. 

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