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New cycle advocacy group lobbies council to improve safety

New cycle advocacy group lobbies council to improve safety

Following a presentation by the newly-formed Strathcona County Cycling Action Group during county council’s priorities committee meeting on Tuesday, April 12, elected officials agreed to…

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Following a presentation by the newly-formed Strathcona County Cycling Action Group during county council’s priorities committee meeting on Tuesday, April 12, elected officials agreed to establish an Active Transportation Advisory Committee. That recommendation was included in the county’s 2012 Integrated Transportation Master Plan, but it was never implemented. Lindsay Morey/News Staf Article content

The county might be switching gears to increase safety for local cyclists. Article content

Doug Bowes has years of cycling under his belt, but over that time he has become more concerned by what he has witnessed on the urban and rural roads.

Along with Annie McKitrick, the two co-chairs of the Strathcona County Cycling Action Group pleaded for safety improvements at county council’s priorities committee meeting on Tuesday, April 12. The newly-formed grassroots group has a goal of making cycling more accessible and making it a part of the active transportation system, and it has a keen eye to reviewing county policies in order to improve community safety. Local cycle advocate Doug Bowes. Photo Supplied Challenges include missing gaps along the multi-use trails throughout the county, poor road maintenance (debris forces cyclists further out into traffic), lack of appropriate bike racks within new subdivisions, local businesses and county buildings, and increased conflict between cyclists and motorists on the rural roads — and the lack of education to address that, whether from local RCMP or the county.

The group also outlined that many local roads were not designed with cyclists in mind, such as the large sewer drain […]

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