The effort to convince Leeds-Grenville to save taxpayers’ money and lives continues undeterred, as this article in the Recorder Times reports.
Some items in the article need clarification, however. Brockville secured a $325,000 grant under the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program because there was a “shovel-ready” project proposed by the Brock Trail Committee and Cycling Advisory Committee working together, the proposal had been approved by council, and it met the program’s requirements. TLTI and the county were insufficiently prepared in that process. It had nothing to do with any “cycling strategy”. In fact, Brockville does not have a cycling strategy, an active transportation master plan, or even a comprehensive transportation plan. The city just wings it.
It’s also to be noted that “paved shoulders” are just that – they are not bicycle paths, nor are they bike lanes. They may be signed as segments along bike routes, but per MTO requirements, on roads signed at 80 km/h or greater they cannot be signed as bike lanes. MTO’s documentation is quite clear on this and there is no confusion. There are, however, many who talk about road infrastructure who don’t take the time to understand commonly used terminology.
In the final analysis though, the evidence from surrounding counties and other jurisdiction is quite clear – paving shoulders saves taxpayers money and reduces road carnage and its associated costs and lives.