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Protected bike lane opens on Park Street in Regina

Protected bike lane opens on Park Street in Regina 2020-09-27Leave a comment

electrical bike Protected bike lane opens on Park Avenue in Regina

The Metropolis of Regina has put in a protected, bidirectional bike lane on Park Avenue from 18th Avenue East to Douglas Avenue.

The bike lane is the primary of its variety within the metropolis and options vehicular site visitors on the left hand facet with parking and bus stops within the center and the bike lane on the appropriate facet. Between the parking and the bike lane are delineator posts.

The lane is a part of town’s Park Avenue Rehabilitation challenge which additionally consists of repaving the highway, repairing underground infrastructure and putting in concrete curbs, gutters and sidewalks.

Earlier than the bike lane was put in, there have been outlines on the newly paved Park Avenue on how the lane can be laid out. (Bike Regina/Twitter)

Brandon Wright of Bike Regina says the protected bike lane is necessary for cyclists in Regina.

“There’s a number of safety there for cyclists,” Wright mentioned.

He mentioned town made a promise to take into account including bike lanes to all highway enchancment initiatives.

“They may see if a motorbike lane works for it, particularly if it matches into the present community or the longer term bike community,” Wright mentioned. “Making these connections all through town, making it simpler for folks to get round by bike.”

Wright mentioned Bike Regina surveys its members — which embrace anyone in Regina who rides a motorbike — identifies as a commuter bike owner or believes in biking as a type of transportation.

“Their primary concern is driving in site visitors with motor autos,” Wright mentioned. “It is scary for lots of people and so to develop that biking tradition and to have safer streets for everyone we’d like these protected bike lanes.”

He mentioned individuals who presently commute by bike need to “battle it out” with motor autos on town’s roads.

“That is not truthful,” Wright mentioned. “We wish to encourage younger, outdated, all skills, all ages to make use of these bike lanes and that is why this is essential and persevering with to develop the biking community is essential.”

Training initiatives are wanted, says Bike Regina

Wright mentioned with regards to biking within the metropolis, he mentioned schooling initiatives are wanted for Regina drivers.

“[That is] one thing town is engaged on and we additionally talked to SGI about periodically, educating motorists of the bike owner’s proper to the highway,” Wright mentioned, including higher relations between motorists and cyclists results in safer roads.

Wright mentioned he is conserving his fingers crossed for a complete biking community in Regina, the place cyclists can cycle safely adjoining to the roadways.

“For now we simply want schooling so that everyone can get alongside on current roads,” Wright mentioned. “Cyclists can achieve extra confidence on current roads.”

“Then as time goes on and funding comes out we will do increasingly more highway infrastructure initiatives to type of separate cyclists and motorists wherever it is sensible to.”

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