Courtenay’s municipal cycling infrastructure in ‘pathetic state’

Dear editor,
I would like to suggest that Mr. Winchester, Mr. Theos and Mr. Anglin get out of their cars and onto their bikes for a day.

Dear editor,In response to bike lanes on Fitzgerald Avenue, I would like to suggest that Mr. Winchester, Mr. Theos and Mr. Anglin get out of their cars and onto their bikes for a day.By doing this, they would have the chance to personally experience the current pathetic state of affairs that constitutes Courtenay’s municipal cycling infrastructure.They would then discover for themselves the poorly marked and disjointed routes for all those trying to commute around this city by bicycle.That is until you get to the border of Comox: Comox supports cyclists. They have lanes to prove it.In Cumberland, almost everyone has a bike and it is provincial bicycle destination. However, Courtenay municipality continues to lag behind the growning local and global trend to support alternative transportation infrastructure.It is annoying and frustrating. I am thankful that Mr. Hillian, Ms. Leonard and Mr. Ambler seem to keep pace with the rest of the world in recognizing the universal economic, community and health benefits of adopting alternate and sustainable transportation infrastructure.Or maybe they have first-hand experience of the free and simple bliss of riding a bike.As for the Fitzgerald route, I expect the recommendations of the cycling infrastructure consultant and cycling public advisory to adequately address the multi-use concerns and take precedent over the personal interests of individual residents and end users.Isn’t that what they do best? Happy Bike to Work Week!Shanyn Simcoe,CourtenayEditor’s note: Shanyn Simcoe describes herself as a pedestrian, cyclist and automobile operator.

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