Back in June, we reported on the controversy surrounding the proposal to put bike lanes on a stretch of Annette Street. The situation is now coming to a climax. On Oct. 10, the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee voted 3-2 to recommend “sharrows” instead of bike lanes for this portion of Annette in response to concerns from some local merchants, but contrary to the recommendation of city staff (PDF).
The proposal will go to City Council on October 29. The Chair of the city’s Cycling Committee, councillor Adrian Heaps, has said that he will probably try to get the bike lane reinstated as originally proposed. Cycling groups are organizing a letter-writing campaign to try to support the reinstatement of bike lanes on Annette at council.
This could be a crucial test for the principle of expanding bike lanes in the city. For more information on how to support this effort, visit World 19, a community group in the area that favours of the lanes (please note that there is a very specific protocol for writing to council that has to be followed if your letter is going to be distributed — the website provides a ready-made email system to make it easy).