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Banff bike lane gets rave reviews from cyclists

An experimental bike lane that runs along a section of Banff Avenue is getting rave reviews from cyclists.

Town council to review experiment in about 2 months

An experimental bike lane installed along Banff Avenue is getting good early reviews from some users. (Tim Devlin/CBC)

An experimental bike lane that runs along a section of Banff Avenue is getting rave reviews from cyclists.

The lane connects to the Legacy Trail that links Banff and Canmore.

Joan Quade, who rides from her home in Canmore, says the new route is much safer.

"They were on the road with cars and having to weave through streets, intersections, stop here, turn there," she said.

"We don't have to pay as much attention to what's happening ... to what the cars are doing, or the people are doing and so I can maintain my speed."

The bike lane is an experiment. Banff Town Council will review its success in about two months.

Cyclist Bernie Roth says the experiment is already a success.

"It could afford to go a little bit further, which I guess it might in the future, but it seems like a good idea," he said.

Keith Brodsky, who works at Soul Ski and Bike in Banff, says the bike lane has two main advantages.

"No traffic and a straight line right into the centre of town," he said.

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