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Saint John gets protected bike lanes as part of new plan this summer

Saint John gets protected bike lanes as part of new plan this summer

City will also tackle problem of its ‘lanes to nowhere’ Bike lanes in Saint John have previously been added where the city could fit them,…

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City will also tackle problem of its ‘lanes to nowhere’

Bike lanes in Saint John have previously been added where the city could fit them, causing them to be disorganized. (CBC) To overhaul Saint John’s bike trails, city staff looked to the bike itself.

Inspired by the wheels of a bicycle, the city has a plan for bike lanes that would make the uptown a "hub," with five "spokes" of safer lanes leading to the university and hospital, Millidgeville and the north end, the lower west side and the Greendale area farther west.

This plan is part of an overhaul of Saint John’s transit system. It replaces the 2010 plan that made big promises, such as a 183-kilometre community network of routes, citywide corridors and "recreational loops," that were never implemented

And although this plan is a guide for the next 25 years, people will see changes this summer, said Tim O’Reilly, the city’s director of transportation.

"We want to support transportation where the city is going to grow, but also … allow people to get from point A to point B," he said. The new bike-lane plan for the City of Saint John. (Submitted by City of Saint John) This year, the city will decrease the width of University Avenue and add buffered bike lanes protected by plastic bollards. This upgrade was planned for last year but was delayed until this summer.

The city is also designing bike lanes on Main Street in the north, which would be separated by concrete from car […]

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