The beginnings of a connected cycling system throughout the city is one step closer to becoming a reality. City Council voted to send the Cycling Corridor Functional Planning Study to the next Capital Improvement Program (CIP) deliberations for consideration.
The study provides the initial concept planning and designs for the first set of projects from the Cycling Master Plan recommended corridors. The corridors selected for the functional planning study would build a bicycle network through the downtown and into north Lethbridge, extending out from the existing 7 Avenue south bike boulevard.
Councillor Jeff Coffman who moved the motion believes this is an important step in creating better accessibility and livability for the community.
"The decision made by Council today means we're planning for the future of our residents." says Coffman. "As the study outlines, engagement and feedback for this project was supportive and we believe it should be considered as a possible future project for Lethbridge."
The study outlined both short and long-term infrastructure recommendations which include several multi-use pathways along many major roads and highways to allow better access for those who use a bicycle as their mode of transportation.
"We're lucky to be home to more than 200kms of pathways and trails in our city and we know this is valued by our residents," says Mayor Chris Spearman. "This is an opportunity to consider building on a wonderful community resource which makes our city more accessible."
The next CIP process is slated for 2022 and deliberations will begin in June of 2021.
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