I am a supporter and user of active transportation - bike lanes included. However, I support bike lanes that are built with the community, and not for the community. Additionally, I support bike lanes, and any piece of City infrastructure for that matter, that incorporates 8-80 within its design, which means that if you build infrastructure that is safe for an 8 year old to use, and for an 80 year old to use, it will be safe for all ages in between.
When campaigning during the last election I heard loud and clear that the bike lanes on 40th Avenue and 106th Street were not working, and you were upset that they were put in with little to no consultation. I knew something needed to be done. I promised that if elected I would hold a meeting to discuss the future of these lanes within the first 30 days of being in office, and I did. Out of this meeting, and out of numerous other engagements over the following year, it was determined that these lanes needed to removed and that if they were to be replaced, proper engagement needed to happen with the affected communities.
Throughout the summer of 2015, school pop-ups and many community workshops were held, and a survey was distributed to the surrounding communities where over 600 Ward 10 residents shared their insights over the course of the summer. Additionally, a Stakeholder Input Panel comprised of community members, both cyclists and non-cyclists, was created to further discuss and hone the options for the community.
Fast forward to today- the bikes lanes on 40th Avenue and 106th have been removed as a result of your feedback, and the 40th Avenue lane is being replaced along the 43rd Avenue utility corridor as a result of the extensive consultation alluded to above. In fact, construction is underway as I write this. It is this community supported lane that connects to many of our local schools and will provide a safe route separated from vehicle traffic for cyclists of all ages. Community engagement on the replacement lane near 106 street will begin prior to the next capital budget.
Throughout the term I committed to ensuring that our cycling infrastructure was no longer going to just painted lines on a road. I worked hard to ensure that moving forward, if we build cycling infrastructure in this city, it was going to be high-quality, separated from the road, 8-80 in its design, and located in areas where there was an actual demand - the downtown bike grid and the anticipated 83 ave bike lane are excellent examples of this approach.
I remain committed to this approach.