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Bike Highway?

The Adanac Bike Route is one of the busiest in the city. Which means up to 3000 cyclists a day pass through a small park in the heart of Strathcona. That corner (at Union and Hawks) is also a busy pedestrian area, and many residents think that's a recipe for disaster, especially because many cyclists fail to properly observe the stop signs.

Anya Ellis and Kathleen Murphy have firsthand experience. Anya's young son was struck by a cyclist who failed to obey a stop sign in the park. Kathleen Murphy had a collision with a cyclist further down Union Street. Longtime resident Pete Frye was part of a petition the to the city that asked for changes.

Some improvements have been made, but some people want more. Ideas include physical barriers, or even moving part of the route onto Prior (according to City Councillor Geoff Meggs, that move is not likely to happen in the foreseeable future). In the meantime, residents are urging people to slow down and remember that it's a neighbourhood, as well as a bike route.

Below is a picture of Anya and Pete at the park, and one of Kathleen.

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