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Letter: Bicycles no longer just a leisure item

By: Letter to the Editor

 | Aug 07, 2014 - 2:03 PM |
Re: Percy Demers’ July 29 letter “Keep bicycle lanes away from traffic.”

I understand when there are problems through the winter with some of the city’s “calming” measures it can be frustrating. I live in the Donovan on Kathleen Street where I also run a business.

I joined our Community Action Network a number of years ago directly because of the issue of traffic speeds along Kathleen. When the city worked on the street two years ago they instituted the same policy and it is working.

As for lashing out at bicycles lanes, I’m wondering if not in our streets, where do you propose they go?

Bicycles are no longer a leisure item. Increasingly, they are a means of transportation in a world of rising energy costs, pollution, and associated health problems.

We need more people on bicycles. In addition, cyclists are paying an inordinate amount of their taxes toward road maintenance, given their usage and impact on the roads already. To deny them a place at the table when discussing road changes compounds that injustice.

A recent study by American consumer rights group PIRG shows that we are trending toward a society that uses the car less and less. This trend is being driven by millennials, who by 2030 will be the largest demographic group in peak driving age.

That group is driving 23 per cent less than any generation before it. Let’s not build our city for our parents’ generation, let’s try to anticipate the city our kids will be living in and plan accordingly.

Mark Browning

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