The County of Essex in partnership with the Canadian Automobile Association and Bike Windsor Essex launched the “Watch for Bikes” decal program on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, at the Essex Civic Centre. Designated bikes lanes are shown on Fairview Ave. W. in Essex.
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The City of Windsor has yet to build a bike lane along any local street that is physically separated from passing vehicles, but what cycling advocates have long been pushing for will be demonstrated this weekend in the downtown.As part of the public consultation process for Windsor’s new active transportation master plan, city staff are hosting a bike lane “pop-up” event along an L-shaped piece of roadway at University Avenue and Goyeau Street on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Josette Eugeni, the city’s manager of transportation planning, said a variety of “bicycling facilities” will be demonstrated, including temporary physical barriers like bollards used in other cities to separate cyclists from motor vehicle traffic.Staff from the city and consultants with Urban Systems Ltd., which is undertaking the Walk Wheel Windsor project, will be set up at adjacent Charles Clark Square to provide information, answer questions and collect public input.The master plan, expected to be finalized and go before city council by late May or early June, will help guide investments over the short- to long-term with the aim of creating more safe, convenient and user-friendly active transportation networks emphasizing urban public transit, cycling and walking.Other Walk Wheel Windsor pop-up events, where the public can provide input, are scheduled at Malden Park on Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at Vincent Massey Secondary School on Monday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the 1800 block of Liberty Street.We want to get people to think differently and remind them there are alternativesEugeni said a section of Liberty Street will be closed that day and the school community will be engaged in activities highlighting walking, transit and cycling as alternatives to being dropped off by car and picked up by car. Traffic congestion around Massey related to regular school operations has been a regular neighbourhood complaint to city hall.“We want to get people to think differently and remind them there are alternatives,” said Eugeni.As for bike lane alternatives, she said the various models to be shown at Saturday’s pop-up “come with different costs.” Local cycling advocates have complained that, too often, the model used locally is to simply paint a line down the side of the road, with that painted line rarely extending through lighted intersections.Related
Eugeni points to recent projects like Cabana Road and the current bike lane construction along Totten Street in which double stripes separated by a gap will provide extra space between automobiles and cyclists. Such “buffered bike lanes,” she said, help further define the space that motorists should provide firstname.lastname@example.org/schmidtcity