Friday saw me wandering about a fair bit of the City. The Centrepointe MUP (ped/cyclist path) is plowed in the winter, and there was the imprint of one cyclist. Mind, it was snowing hard at midday, so the evidence of previous cyclists (if any such hardy souls…) was quickly erased.
Later in the afternoon, another cycle track, this time on the Albert Street MUP running along LeBreton Flats:
But the most interesting stroll took me past the Laurier Separated Bike Lane. Now the City did promise to keep it plowed all winter, and boy, do they ever live up to their word on that one! It was the barest pavement in all the downtown. At 3 o’clock there was a cyclist visible every block or so, but most users were peds fed up with the mushy sidewalks.
So if the City can keep the Laurier SBL bare, why not the main sidewalks downtown and along traditional mainstreets? We would certainly see a dramatic uptick in modal shift if pedestrians were encouraged.