An overhead view of what two new cycle lanes might look like along Front Street at the intersection with Church Street. (City of Nanaimo image)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bike lane network will only come together piece by piece

We have to start somewhere to improve cycling infrastructure, says letter writer

To the editor,

Re: Bike lanes can wait in these times, Letters, May 13.

What can be more important in these times than to provide safer, less expensive, means of transportation? Indeed, many cities around the world are currently narrowing or closing streets to motor vehicles so that people can safely walk or cycle past one another.

While the cycling lanes do not presently connect to each other (the cost to rapidly do so would be prohibitive without provincial/federal funding) we have to start somewhere and, over time, link the sections together. How else can this be done? The fact is that Nanaimo is way behind other cities in developing this needed infrastructure.

While I appreciate the comment that we have more pressing needs (such as homelessness), what is not obvious is that by increasingly providing less expensive, safer modes of transportation we free up funds for other causes.

Ian Gartshore, Nanaimo

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bike lanes can wait in these times

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