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How to make Prince George a bike-friendly city

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There are still major sections of Prince George without bike lanes.

There's still work to be done, but Prince George is becoming a more bike-friendly city according to some local advocates.

On Monday, city council voted unanimously to add paved shoulders to North Nechako Road, in order to accomodate residents who would like to bike and walk to get around.

Erica Kang is the urban cycling coordinator for the Prince George Cycling Club.

"It's amazing," she says. "We are so happy to hear this decision was made."

Over 200 people attended a rally Kang helped organize to bring bike lanes to North Nechako. She believes this is indication support for cycling in Prince George is growing.

One of the major challenges she sees is the need for more bike lanes.

"Even though there are some dedicated bike lanes, they're often obstructed with potholes, gravel, parked cars, you name it," She says. "The other problem is bike lanes are often inconsistent, and they end abrubtly, and sometimes even it's a dangerous intersection."

She says there's also concerns over faded bike lanes, making it difficult to tell where the lanes are.

Still, Kang sees a lot of potential for bike riders in the city.

"Just the physical size of Prince George makes it ideal, because everything's relatively close together," Kang says. "I think gradually over time we can push for a safer environment for bikers."

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