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For cyclists, this election is a chance to build momentum for better, safer biking infrastructure

For cyclists, this election is a chance to build momentum for better, safer biking infrastructure

Pictured here are some of the people who came out to Monday’s event organized by Just Bike Thunder Bay. The group biked from the waterfront…

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Pictured here are some of the people who came out to Monday’s event organized by Just Bike Thunder Bay. The group biked from the waterfront to city hall to raise awareness for the need of a safe bike route connecting the north and south downtown cores. (Olivia Levesque/CBC) A group of passionate Thunder Bay cyclists are using this fall’s municipal election campaign to push candidates on their plans for better, safer infrastructure and whether they’ll be moving the city’s active transportation plan forward.

On Monday, the advocacy group Just Bike Thunder Bay organized the meet up at Thunder Bay Waterfront, which took participants down Memorial Ave, to city hall.

"It’s a social justice piece as far as I’m concerned, because not everybody can drive a car, not everybody can afford it, fuel prices are going up and up. There’s the climate change piece, safety," said Ken Shields, one of the organizers behind Just Bike Thunder Bay.

"The hubs in downtowns are very difficult to reach by bike. The sidewalks are great. We shouldn’t be on sidewalks with bikes. So that’s why I’ve been at it for a long time," he added, while sharing his motivations for organizing Monday’s event.

Shields has been surveying all Thunder Bay municipal candidates, asking them all one question about how they plan to move the city’s active transportation plan forward.

The responses from candidates are being shared on the Just Bike Thunder Bay Facebook page , showcasing a range of perspectives on active transportation.

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