BIKE LANE BASICS
Downtown bike lanes have divided the public this election season, to put it mildly.
The downtown bike grid opened to much fanfare in June, and features almost 8 kilometres of protected bike lanes and shared use paths. Advocates say it’s a low-cost way to make the city more cyclist-friendly. The number of daily users on the grid doubled to just under 5,000 in the first month alone.
Some business owners have raised concerns about parking, but others feel it’s good advertising. Simone Kousol-Graham, who works at Latitude 53, told Metro over the summer they’ve seen more cyclists checking out the gallery —“It’s been pretty good.”
Council candidates have been similarly split. Some say te grid has added vibrancy to the core, while others criticize the $7.5-million cost.
Regardless, bike infrastructure will pop up on council agendas for some time to come, especially as construction continues on two protected bike lanes. Sections on both the 82 Avenue and the 102 Avenue lane are now open.