An artist’s rendering of what the Front Street cycle track will look like. (City of Nanaimo image)

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Emphasis on bike lanes is unwarranted

To the editor,

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

I agree with the two councillors who voted against the $400,000 Front Street cycle lanes and I am sure that if there was a referendum it would not have passed. This is a main thoroughfare in our downtown and is used by Port Theatre patrons, Port Place mall, Cameron Island condo residents, Pacifica residents, the courthouse and other businesses. We now have a new condo on Chapel Street, a lot at the corner of Chapel and Front Streets which is going to be some type of development, plus the new hotel being built beside the conference centre. Don’t forget the planned Hilton Hotel site. This is not a good cycling route. If we want a healthy downtown we need more parking spaces, period. I feel there is an unsubstantiated emphasis on cycling routes and a disregard to the majority of the community’s needs. Spend the money for new washrooms at Maffeo Sutton Park which were a priority a couple of years ago.

Ellis Richer, Nanaimo

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