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Bike lanes a safer alternative

One guy wrote and said build a paved bike path and they will ride. The reason for bike lanes is city council couldn’t afford to build any more paved paths. There are paved ones such as 76th Street and 49th Avenue, 49th Avenue past Montana’s Cookhouse, north of Atmosphere Sports that I have never seen anyone ride on except for myself if shopping.

The only paved one that is really used is Rotary Park.

Also what about outdoor gyms? Half of them are not being used. I like the path on 44th Street. I had to ride on the sidewalk before the path was painted and had to brake suddenly for an old lady zooming out of a condo parking lot; same with back alleys on 48th Avenue.

Now because of the paths I’m further away from the curb, which gives me better visibility so I can react better. People drive way too fast in Red Deer, which is why we need them.

Also drivers need to look both ways for cyclists. I noticed lately people slow down more for me at intersections when turning at parking lots and back alleys because of the paths.

Safety gear and a bell also helps.

I also don’t have to ride bumpy sidewalks.

BMX riders are starting to use them, they are pedestrian-unfriendly on sidewalks.

Where do they ride, you ask? On weekdays after 4 p.m. I see quite a few on 52nd Street and 48th Avenue. On weekends: west of Deer Park Shopping Centre, some west of Dawe Centre on sidewalk (a lot of people go by car with families).

So city council should focus mostly on working-commuting cyclists downtown rather than recreational cyclists.

I went to Calgary last summer and the recreational needs of these cyclists seem similar to Red Deer’s cyclists. I didn’t see a lot of Calgarians riding until around rush hour. Their paths only seem to be downtown and on hills where traffic seemed less.

I was wondering if they could put a bike path on the avenue east of Save On Foods from 67th Street to 71st Street since traffic is still hectic after 10:30 a.m. when riding to work and I don’t like crossing busy intersections.

Finally, give bike lanes a chance since I find them safe, rather than removing some of them or all of them. What if Red Deer reaches 120,000 people or more? Repaint them back and waste even more money?

They also wasted money on outdoor gyms. So I say leave them and save the city money.

City council sure knows how to waste money!

Barrie Calles

Red Deer



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