Last Saturday, readers who also listen to the CBC awoke to a real nightmare. My dulcet tones were on the morning news, talking to Laurie Fagin about the lack of markings on the multi-user path (MUP) that runs along the north side of Scott Street and Albert Street.” Is it a bike path?” was the theme of the story. (It’s OK, you can listen to the radio today, it is Eric-free).
Long time readers may recall that last May or June I reported that the City decided to paint a yellow line down the path to clearly indicate that it is usable by cyclists too. Alas, the brushes of the line painting folks were busy doing real roads, and it was this week past before the line appeared. Yet to appear are signs, advising multi-users to share the path with other multi-users.
Not perfect, but making some progress.
for much of its length, the route is quite pleasant to ride on
True Confessions: I first became aware of the planned “path” along the north side of the Albert before it was actually built. My letters and inquiries to the City suggesting it be suitable for cyclists, that cyclists continue behind the bus stops instead of mingling with bus patrons, that some consistent pavement standard be used … alas, all were rejected.
Out of that frustrating experience, WestSideAction was born. As was the BikeWest advocacy project. Now to be clear, the present alignment of the paths along Scott represent bike path ideas from 1980, and everyone knows the present path has many faults. Similarly, the Albert path was built by the water department and not the cycling folks, or the sidewalk folks. It just sort of appeared, ill-conceived and its faults all too obvious.
BikeWest is about upgrading these paths, replacing them bit at a time, opportunistically tying into other construction projects so that eventually we get a proper straight line path from the downtown to Westboro, and beyond. The present plans for the OLRT show significant upgrades to the paths and the near-delivery of BikeWest. More to come as details emerge.