NEW LANES - Trevor Aslin utilizes the new bike lanes in Red Deer recently.

NEW LANES - Trevor Aslin utilizes the new bike lanes in Red Deer recently.

City asks residents to weigh in on bike lanes

Red Deerians will have another chance to have their say on the nationally recognized but contentious bike lane pilot project.

Red Deerians will have another chance to have their say on the nationally recognized but contentious bike lane pilot project.

The city launched an online survey to allow residents to give final feedback on the project on Wednesday. The survey takes about 10 minutes and asks questions about the bike lane network and trail system.

The survey closes on Aug. 19 before going to city council for review in September.

The Commuter Bike Lane Pilot was given the green light in 2011 with a pricetag of $800,000. The bulk of the painted road markings and signage implemented last year.

While controversy stirred locally about safety and traffic concerns, the city won a national award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for sustainability in February.

In April, city council approved changes to the cycling network, including the removal of bike lanes on 59th Avenue from Holt Street to 70th Street, 40th Avenue between 39th Street and 52nd Street, and on 39th Street between 38A Avenue and 40th Avenue.

The majority of changes to the bike network are complete and crews are expected to finish the remaining paint work by the end of the week.

Transportation engineer Michael Williston said removing the bike lanes on 59th and 40th Avenues was the first priority for crews. He said, “with a pilot program we can respond to community feedback and make changes along the way to find out what solution works best in Red Deer.”

The city has 12.5 km of on-street bike lanes and four km of on-street bike routes.

For more information and to fill out the survey, go to www.reddeer.ca/cycling.

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