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‘Paint is not protection’: Cyclists slam plan to extend popular bike route

'Paint is not protection': Cyclists slam plan to extend popular bike route

The Colborne Street Cycle Track in London, Ont. on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 (Daryl Newcombe/CTV News London) The city’s plan to extend a popular cycling…

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The Colborne Street Cycle Track in London, Ont. on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 (Daryl Newcombe/CTV News London) The city’s plan to extend a popular cycling route is facing pushback from cyclists who warn the design is not safe.

However, city hall maintains the bike lane adheres to provincial guidance and will be sufficient for the neighbourhood.

Currently, the Colborne Street Cycle Track provides a safe riding lane separated from traffic with cement curbs.

The bike lane runs between Horton Street and Oxford Street. RELATED STORIES

The Colborne Street Cycle Track in London, Ont. on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022 (Daryl Newcombe/CTV News London) “The cars aren’t nearly as close to you, and the cars can’t jump over the curb,” explains cyclist Fern Laurence who was out for a ride.

Andrea Loewen, whose family bikes Colborne through the Old North neighbourhood every day, is baffled why the plan to extend the bike lane north of Oxford is for a painted lane— but no protective cement curb.

“I don’t feel safe at all,” Loewen says about riding in painted bike lanes. “There are cars zooming past me and my children. Paint is not protection, paint is not infrastructure.”The city explains that the stretch of Colborne through Old North has significantly lower traffic volumes and has more of a “residential context” than south of Oxford.“If the road width allowed us to add protection, we would certainly consider it,” says manager of active transportation Daniel Hall. “The challenge here is it requires more space than the existing road […]

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