Monday, June 9, 2008

Victoria Park Cycling lane opens June 30

Cycling lane opens June 30
The Guardian

Traffic in Victoria Park will be reduced to one lane starting June 30, allowing the other to be used by cyclists taking in the sights and enjoying the warm weather.
The City of Charlottetown announced details of the pilot project Friday, which was first announced during an open council meeting last month.
The cycling lane will close down eastbound traffic on Queen Elizabeth Drive from Fanningbank to the Victoria Park Pool. The pilot project will run until Sept. 30.
Mayor Clifford Lee said cyclists have become a priority in recent years because of how people are approaching the activity.
“Cycling has become much more than a healthy lifestyle choice. It’s become a mode of transportation.”
He said many places have the ability to accommodate cyclists with cycle lanes, as many roads are wide enough to accommodate them.
“A lot of these things can be done at little or no cost.”
Mitch Tweel, chair of parks and recreation, said the cycling lane is the first step of a plan to make the city more cycle-friendly.
“Cycling in the city in the past has been a survival of the fittest.”
Tweel said he’s excited about the project.
“This is just one more way more people may enjoy what Victoria Park has to offer.”
Kim Green, chief executive officer with Tourism Charlottetown said many tourists come to the Island looking for places to bike.

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