City to Pedal Forward with Bike Lanes

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Despite concerns brought up by community members, City Council approved in a 10-1 vote to go ahead with the construction of bike lanes on Pine St. and Willow Ave.

Concerns brought up by residents living on both Pine and Willow included the removal of on-street parking, cyclist safety, speeding vehicles and convenience when getting in and out of their driveways.

The addition of these lanes is part of the Master Plan and the Active Transportation Plan for the city, Mayor Provenzano pointed out to council, showing his support for the lanes and talking about the need to start living out these plans for the city and not just talking about doing so.

“The cycling community has pointed out that they are on the road,” he said. “With more and more health and environmental challenges, we’re going to see more people turning to cycling.

“We want to make it safe and encourage this as a safe activity.”

Provenzano acknowledged and apologized for any inconvenience this may cause to residents living on these streets, also stating that Council “has a responsibility to make decisions based on the larger community.”

Coun. Hollingsworth was the only one in opposition to this motion, but thanked everyone for coming out and showing their concerns for the safety of their fellow Saultites.

“No one is against cycling,” she said.  “People are concerned for safety of fellow citizens, and hoping we hold off and take into consideration more suggestions.”

Coun. Vezeau-Allen showed her support for the motion, talking about the benefit bike lanes would have for the “enormous amount of students in that area.”

“Being a more active-friendly city, we might see more students ride their bikes,” she said.

“Bike lanes (could also lead to) more families being apt to having their children ride bikes to school. Bike lanes reduce speed and make people more aware of cyclists, who are on road anyways.”

Council also approved a resolution to allow an unopened road allowance for the 2020 budget, running from the east limit of Northern Avenue southerly through Panoramic Drive to Princeton Drive; alleviating traffic flow at at Pine Street and Pleasant Drive.

16 COMMENTS

  1. Pine and Willow are far too busy of streets…someone is going to get seriously hurt or killed because of these bike lanes…crazy that the council/city planner used vehicle data from 2007.. come sit in my driveway on Pine to see how busy it is at rush hour…shame on the city for poor planning.

  2. My question is who is paying for this? It seems to me, that it will be home owners and shops/stores paying for this. It’s my understanding that the majority of cyclists live in apartments, or rent. {citation needed} If that’s the case then why should the tax paying motorists be footing the bill? How does a person who lives in an apartment and ride a bike pay for this? Oh they don’t….it’s the people who own homes that foot the bill.

    Please correct me I’m wrong.

    • You are wrong. Lots of cyclists live in a home and pay taxes. Apartment dwellers have their property taxes rolled into their rent. Identified bike lanes actually make it safer for drivers, and calm traffic which will benefit area residents.

      • You are right cyling is good and bike paths are too. But maybe there should be a bike course to pass. I see lots of riders running red lights, talking on cell phones and never using hand signals. There are riders who travel very fast on the hub trail with people walking with dogs and children. The first law that should be enforced is the law under the HTA that states a bike must have a bell or horn in good working order, most bikes I see have neither one.

    • You couldn’t be more wrong if you tried.

      1. That is a stat you made up in your head about bikers living in apartments. Not true whatsoever.

      2. People who live in apartments indirectly pay property taxes through their rent.

  3. It would seem dangerous to ride a bike on Pine Street. I have always felt bikers should ride FACING traffic. They would at least get to see who almost hit them.

  4. On the Island we have fancy and incredibly talented cyclists who use the sidewalks and roads already provided. Ironically it’s one of the nicest places to bike and not a single reduction in other services has to be made to meet the needs of the few cyclists that do use the routes.

    Implementing a “new” service while reducing the sought after services currently in use “parking spots” seems counterproductive to me.

  5. I don’t understand why new road construction doesn’t allow for bike lanes. The new Pine st from Northern to second line is a prime example… this route feeds into St Mary’s school and is also along the hub trail route. There should have been designated bike lanes there for sure.

    • Ivan Cernigoy I wonder what a study done here instead of florida would come up with…and maybe doing the same study with vehicles as well instead of just 100 cyclists

  6. Ummm now let’s get buses with the ability to mount bikes on the front of them. To many times of having to stand while bikes and strollers are taken up passengers sitting areas!

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