I wanted to bring to your attention a survey from the Region that closes today regarding some bike lanes to be installed on Ottawa Street. http://row.survey.esolutionsgroup.ca/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=885Ilo4 Unfortunately, this was only brought to my attention recently, and the survey closes today!
Apparently, concerns from an adjacent church over the loss of on-street parking has led to a proposed ‘compromise’ of the bike lanes ceasing to be bike lanes every Sunday from 8am-2pm. I fear this proposal would set a terrible precedent and dilute the notion of bike lanes as protected space by teaching the public that bike lanes are an acceptable place to park cars.
I would encourage you to take a look at the proposal and fill out the survey. It’s worded a bit confusingly, but if you don’t like the idea that bike lanes can be used for parking, select ‘No’ in response to question 7, and explain why in the space provided below. Turning down this proposal should not compromise the introduction of bike lanes to Ottawa Street, as it is already identified under the Regional cycling master plan as a future on-road cycling route.