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The Mayor's Innovation Challenge is a competition calling on teams of students from Kingston's major post-secondary institutions – Queen's University, Royal Military College of Canada and St. Lawrence College – to submit innovative proposals to address a challenge faced by the city.

The three challenge categories are:

1. Cultivating creative public spaces

The City of Kingston challenges students to think outside the box and develop dynamic public spaces in under-utilized venues. Equipped with information and creativity, inspired students should submit a proposal to re-imagine one of the Kingston locations listed below and make it home to an exciting, engaging and people-friendly experience.

Choose one of the following locations to re-imagine:

  • Amphitheatre in Springer Market Square
  • Ontario Street – closed from Brock to Clarence. 
  • Portsmouth Olympic Harbour

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2. Strengthening active transportation networks 

According to the Kingston Transportation Master Plan, the existing active transportation mode share is 14 per cent (13 per cent walking and 1 per cent cycling). However, almost 40 per cent of residents live within 5 km of their work places. The City of Kingston has an ambitious goal of achieving 20 per cent active-transportation mode-share for peak travel times by 2034. We want student input on one of two active transportation-related challenges.

Choose one of the following:

  • Design a ‘skeleton' network of bicycle routes/lanes to be maintained year-round and cleared of snow to allow for an all-season cycling network in the City. In other words, identify an appropriate winter cycling network, connecting key areas, while understanding that the network needs to remain small enough that it can be cleared and maintained by busy City crews.
  • Propose recommendations to prioritize pedestrian use of the Brock and King Street intersection. Equipped with data on collision history, traffic counts and vehicle speed data, students will have information needed to recommend a traffic calming plan for the intersection.

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3. Enhancing local attraction for youth

The City of Kingston actively promotes the attraction and engagement of citizens and visitors by promoting Kingston's rich history, culture, talent, and scenery. We have an opportunity to better integrate our community's large post-secondary student demographic by developing events, programming, and initiatives that appeal to its interests. How can we make Kingston a better place to live and play for a younger demographic?

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