Minor Changes Coming After Cycling Audit

Some signage changes meant to protect cyclists will be made at dangerous intersections in Windsor, but further solutions for bike safety are being pushed to 2019 budget talks.

An audit of four of the city's most dangerous intersections recommended immediate signage changes to restrict certain turns at Tecumseh Rd. E., Wyandotte St. E. and Drouillard Rd.

The review found 21 collisions between cars and cyclists took place in those intersections between 2011 and 2015.

Council approved the signage changes pegged at $6,000.

Executive Director of Bike Friendly Windsor-Essex Lori Newton feels council has missed a chance to make it safer to ride a bike in the city this summer.

"We're so very supportive of that study and the measures that they're recommending that we put forward, but we are definitely disappointed that we're only moving forward with the very immediate solutions," says Newton.

Short-term solutions that require further design and public education are being held off while long-term solutions are being put on the back burner as the city's active transportation master plan continues to be developed.

Newton is not impressed that council is pushing the short-term solutions recommended in the report to 2019 budget talks. "That's just a long wait when you've got collisions happening and you've got cyclists and pedestrians being hurt in these areas," she says.

The intersections identified in the report were Lauzon Pkwy. at Tecumseh Rd. E, Windsor Ave. at Tecumseh Rd. E., Drouillard Rd. at Wyandotte St. E., and Walker Rd. at Ypres Ave.

Newton wants to see council approve the use of green paint to mark bike lanes and add crossrides which are used for cyclists to cross the road. "Even if we could get a pilot intersection that shows a crossride that we're not accustomed to, this is part of that education piece, and we're not going to do that until we have paint on the road so, we've just pushed that off until 2019 — that's another two cycling seasons," she says.

The Active Transportation Master Plan is expected to be released in 2019.