These were in fact installed, and are maintained, by the city. They are seasonal and will be removed each winter. There are 4 signs in each Kitchener ward, totaling 40 signs. After gathering some helpful information, I created a new post (pun intended) for our neighbourhood social media (see above). It ended up being our most viewed post ever! Clearly people wanted to know about these new additions to their neighbourhoods.
I appreciate the city taking the initiative to add safety features such as these. They seem to slow traffic and increase safety in these areas. But one key element that was missing in this process was citizen engagement. This could take the form of social media posts and emails to neighbourhood associations. These simple steps to inform residents in advance about these new signs could have gone a long way and avoided confusion.
As councillor I would intentionally seek ways to inform residents of projects such as these, but also to engage with them by seeking feedback, input, and reactions to various city initiatives.