THUNDER BAY – New bike lanes are being added to city streets this season.
Thunder Bay city council on Monday voted to add eight kilometres of active transportation routes to the city’s existing infrastructure of nearly 40 kilometres.
With the additions, cyclists can now travel directly from Boulevard Lake to the Canada Games Complex as well as from Lakehead University to Moodie Street. New bike lanes will be designated on Grenville Avenue, Valley Street, Pioneer Drive and William Street.
As well, painted edge lines will be added to Ray, McKibbin and Duluth Streets to allow for shared cycling and parking areas.
Even though the additions were approved, one proposed temporary subtraction created a great deal of discussion.
Coun. Larry Hebert asked for the removal of bike lanes on Victoria Avenue due to scheduled construction on Arthur Street that is expected to run throughout much of the summer.
Hevert worries that more motorists will use Victoria Avenue rather than Arthur Street, creating unsafe cycling traffic.
His motion was voted against by all other councillors, with Coun. Iain Angus among those arguing that it would be a step backwards from the city’s work to promote active transportation.
Administration will monitor traffic levels on Victoria Avenue.