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Spinning his wheels

Last month Orleans councillor Bob Monette asked city staff a series of questions about the segregated bike lanes on Laurier Avenue. Monette's query appears to have been prompted by this newspaper article, which appeared three days earlier (and which was helpfully re-published on Monette's own web site).

Specifically, Monette wanted to know the following:

  • Could signs be installed along Laurier Avenue to point patrons to nearby parking lots?
  • Could the south-side lane be modified to take the burden off businesses between Elgin and Metcalfe?
  • Could the south-side lane be eliminated altogether during the winter, when usage is lower?
  • Could something be done to make deliveries to businesses on Laurier a bit easier?
  • Could one of the two bike lanes on Laurier be moved to an adjacent street?
  • Could staff please provide a monthly breakdown showing the number of cyclists using the Laurier lanes since they were introduced last summer?

With one exception, the answer to these questions is "no." The exception is the last one. Here staff provide not one but two graphs, both showing that usage does indeed dip in the winter months, as one might expect. These responses will be delivered at this Wednesday's Transportation Committee meeting. It begins at 9:30 a.m. Monimahal's lunch buffet opens at 11:30 a.m. 

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