City Councillors will be taking a look at a new idea to not only encourage more people to get on their bikes, but to also increase their safety while pedaling.
Staff have put forward a motion that calls for $466,000 to be spent from cash allocated under the city’s cycling plans to create dedicated bike lanes along portions of Queen’s Ave and Colborne.
The “Cycletracks” would allow riders to have a space all their own, something local cycling advocate Gary Brown believes is a good thing.
“Having a protected bike lane has been shown time and time again in other cities to actually increase the number of cyclists and actually at the same time, speed up car traffic, it has benefit for both users actually,” said Brown.
Brown also notes that while the cost is hefty, it is in line with what other communities are spending on their cycling strategies.
“With the cycling budget having been increased over the last few years as part of growth budget at City Hall, that money is actually coming from the budget, so there won’t be an additional expense to the taxpayer, so to speak, this is money that needs to be approved to be spent within the current budget,” said Brown. “So it’s already been planned to spend this amount of money, it’s just a decision of what we’re going to spend it on right now.”
Brown said he would have liked to see the dedicated lanes along Richmond and Dundas, but the Queen’s and Colbourne plan is a start.
The issue will be up for debate at Tuesday’s meeting of the Civic Works Committee.