Bike Lanes Coming To A Portion Of Pillette Rd In Windsor

Despite heavy opposition from several residents in the area, Pillette Rd from Tecumseh Road East and South National Street will soon have bike lanes on the east side of the road.

Residents came to council Tuesday night, many of them worried about losing on-street parking, but all stating their biggest concern was the safety of cyclists as the road sees more than 11,000 vehicles a day, has heavy truck traffic and is a bus route.

But Bike Windsor-Essex representative Amanda Orr says it's quite the opposite.

She says cyclists are going to ride in the area regardless, this will makes things safer.

"If you're going to make it difficult by adding a bike lane five streets over, it's not going to be used," says Orr.  "But if you're going to put it where cyclists are going to cycle anyways you can protect the cyclist and make it safer for drivers."

She believes this is going to improve visibility and the overall rider experience.

"There's almost no biking lanes specifically designated in that area, especially when you look at other wards," says Orr.  "And so you've got bike lanes that literally end at those lines, literally end in that ward--Where do you go from there?"

She says this will help improve what she calls a "cycling infrastructure desert" in the area.

Orr calls council's decision to go ahead with the project "a small victory for the local cycling community".

The cost to install the bike lanes is $25,000.