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City-wide cycling network proposed

Bicyclists in Edmonton could enjoy a new city-wide bike-route network in the next 10 years, but the plan comes with a price tag of roughly $101 million, says a city report.

The report says establishing a new city-wide bicycle route that will connect paths with on-street bicycle lanes will “increase cycling opportunities for Edmontonians.”

“By providing them as an additional option for cyclists, a wider demographic of cyclists may consider using a bicycle as a mode of transportation,” the report said.

The new plan will also allow better opportunities for cyclists to connect with city transit, and more options for parking bikes.

“The plan examines route expansion, maintenance and engineering standards, bike parking, connections to transit, and other supporting programs and policies,” said David Lloyd with the Trials, Paths and Routes Advisory Committee in a letter to city council.

Coun. Bryan Anderson says the plan will be a hard sell to some councillors because of current economic uncertainty.

The report will go to the council’s transportation committee next week.

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