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Monday August 25th, 2014

Posted at 11:47pm

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Windsor City Council has approved some long awaited improvements for cyclists wanting to use Cabana Road — bike lanes with barriers along the roadway from Walker to Northway.

Discussion at council included words of support for bike lanes from many area residents, but some did not like the idea of soft ‘bollards’, or rumble strips between driving lanes and cycling lanes.

Bike Friendly Windsor President Lori Newton warned that bike lanes on Cabana would be underused if some type of barrier was not in place between traffic and cyclists.

“If you’re not creating a physical separation between the cyclist and the traffic on Cabana Road, people will not use that trail,” she said.

Councillor Fulvio Valentinis noted the ever-increasing use of Cabana and a far off plan to fully widen the road to four lanes.

“The talk about the 15 to 20 years makes me really nervous because that road is so over capacity right now,” he said.

Council unanimously approved widening and adding bike lanes to the road. The lanes will include a 0.5m buffer, and will require physical barriers or additional turning capacity where appropriate at key intersections such as McGraw and Casgrain.

City administration said that the physical separation of cars and bikes was based on feedback they received from an open house that was held earlier this year.

Administrators are expected to report back to council with options for types of physical barriers.

The total cost is estimated at $4,290,000.

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