Bike Lanes Likely Coming To Lesperance Rd In 2018

Bike lanes are coming to Lesperance Road in Tecumseh, it's just a matter of when.

This from Mayor Gary McNamara who says council wants to put then in now, but a proper design needs to be developed first.

He says the other problem is no funds were set aside in the 2017 budget, so council will have to wait until 2018 to pay for the project.

McNamara says the bike lanes are part of a much bigger plan.

"The Community Improvement Plan has identified pedestrian and cycling friendly needs. So we want to have, at least, measures that they can cycle to the downtown core itself. So, basically, what council was looking at is all points go towards the downtown core, the community, once it's developed."

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The corner of Lesperance Rd and Riverside Dr E (Photo by AM800's Zander Broeckel)

He says the bike lanes will address some safety concerns from residents as well.

"We're trying to encourage our kids to bike to school and in order for them to bike to school, to become more active, you've got to make sure that they're there safely and we've got to give the confidence to mom and dad that Junior and little Mary can get to school safely. So that's the rationale."

McNamara adds, bike lanes are becoming the norm in larger cities.

"Why is that? Because they want folks to use either transit or cycle. And you'll notice that cycling is becoming a big thing in the big centres. So it's another mode of transportation that now has to be included with all aspects of moving people."

The proposed plan will see dedicated bike lanes installed along Lesperance from Riverside Drive to McNorton Street sometime in 2018.