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Protected bike lane opens on Park Street in Regina

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Protected bike lane opens on Park Road in Regina

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

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

The lane is a part of the town’s Park Road 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 Road on how the lane could be laid out. (Bike Regina/Twitter)

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

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

He stated the town made a promise to think about including bike lanes to all highway enchancment tasks.

“They are going to see if a motorbike lane works for it, particularly if it suits into the prevailing community or the longer term bike community,” Wright stated. “Making these connections all through the town, making it simpler for folks to get round by bike.”

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

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

He stated individuals who at the moment commute by bike should “battle it out” with motor autos on the town’s roads.

“That is not truthful,” Wright stated. “We need to encourage younger, previous, 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.”

Schooling initiatives are wanted, says Bike Regina

Wright stated in the case of biking within the metropolis, he stated schooling initiatives are wanted for Regina drivers.

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

Wright stated he is holding 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 stated. “Cyclists can acquire extra confidence on current roads.”

“Then as time goes on and funding comes out we are able to do increasingly highway infrastructure tasks to form of separate cyclists and motorists wherever it is smart to.”

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