Windsor city council unanimously approved a multi-million dollar project Monday night that will bring designated bike lanes to Cabana Road.

The City will spend $4.3 million to construct a segregated lane which would run roughly 5.5 kilometres from Huron Church all the way to Walker Road.

Council still has to determine how the half-a-metre wide lane will be separated from traffic. The initial plan to use flex bollards, a pylon-type barrier, was dropped. 

Coun. Drew Dilkens said the city will determine on a case-by-case basis on how to best separate cyclists from vehicles. 

"There's a number of different strategies we can employ, and I think we're going to go back and we're going to look at what strategies make sense at each individual location," said Dilkens. 

Dilkens also said the lanes will help modernize the city. 

"The idea is to provide more safety along that route, encourage cycling, create and finish the Windsor Loop which is a cycling line all around the city of Windsor and also connect with the Herb Gray Parkway," he said. 

The Bicycle Use Master Plan (BUMP) of 2001 calls for a "Windsor Loop," a 42.5-km circular loop of bike-friendly paths, trails and roads.

The new lane would be an important link to complete the loop, city officials said.