Aldermen seek another bike safety review
Issues include speed limits, cycling lanes
By Kim Guttormson, Calgary Herald March 8, 2010
Jessie Burke was biking on the paths behind Eau Claire Market on March 7, 2010 in Calgary. Bike speed and routes will be back on city council's radar Monday, two weeks after it voted down a review of how fast two-wheelers can travel on pathways.
Bike speed and routes will be back on city council's radar today, two weeks after it voted down a review of how fast two-wheelers can travel on pathways.
Four aldermen are calling for a comprehensive cycling strategy and a safety review of the pathways used by bikes, pedestrians and others.
Ald. Druh Farrell said that with the city's greater emphasis on getting people out of their cars, a new plan to make that easier is needed.
"We need a commitment on timing and financing," said Farrell, who is putting forward the notice of motion with Bob Hawkesworth, Joe Ceci and Brian Pincott.
She said a plan is required that makes it easier to cycle all around the city, whether you want to ride for fun, to work or just to pick up groceries.
"We're still building roads that don't have cycling lanes," she noted. "We've been nibbling around the edges when it comes to cycling amenities. Historically, we've treated it as recreation."