As of Monday August 25, 2014, councilors have voted unanimously to widen Cabana Road to add new bicycle lanes. The road will be widened from Northway Avenue to Walker Road in order to do so. The project will cost nearly $4.3 million. Lori Newton of Bike Friendly Windsor-Essex said that the fear of being hit by a car is the main reason why people don’t use their bikes and the key is creating separated bike lanes on Windsor’s busiest roads. Kieran McKenzie, a Ward 9 council candidate, also said that high traffic volumes on Cabana make it unsafe for cyclists. According to The Windsor Star, the project “includes a half-metre buffer from motorized traffic along with physical barriers and increased turning capacity at certain intersections.” City staff have also recommended asking the Ministry of Transportation to extend trail connections from the Herb Gray Parkway trail network. This is all part of the plan to complete the 42.5 kilometre bike path stretch called the Windsor Loop. This staff-recommended plan included adding bollards or safety guards on the paths; however, many opposed this idea because the bollards may look like construction zones in residents’ front yards. Hopefully, building these bicycle lanes will make Windsor a more bike-friendly city, encouraging more residents to safely ride their bikes as well as prevent accidents between motorists and cyclists, allowing them to share the road amicably.
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