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Great News For Cyclists

The provincial government is increasing its spending on bike lanes across Ontario.

It was announced Monday, the province is spending $93-million up from a previously announced $45-million this year. Sarnia will receive $590,000 of that.

Infrastructure improvements for cyclists couldn’t come soon enough locally, given the results of a month long study in the fall.

Volunteers recorded nearly 1,400 bicycles, or 47 per hour, on Colborne Rd., Maxwell St., Confederation St., George St., Vidal St., and Maria St.

Fifteen two-hour sampling periods were conducted from September 19 until October 21.

Lambton Public Health Promoter Kelley Elliott says additional bike lanes, racks, and improved signage are needed.

“I think the cyclist counts we have definitely support the fact that there is a need for improved infrastructure in Sarnia to help our cyclists get to their destinations,” says Elliott. “It justifies the need for more infrastructure and more cycling lanes in the community.”

Funding applications for the Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling grant program are due in April, and another count may be done in the spring.