Tonight I sat in on a meeting of the Windsor Bicycling Committee (WBC). I have attended once before, and will try to go again in the future if I can.
The first item on the agenda was the Enviro Expo held at Caesars. The WBC had represenatives there sharing a space with some other groups. It was reported that the event went well. A lot of people raised concerns about safety and riding on the road. In particular people mentioned Tecumseh, Dominion, and the Dougall underpass (I think). People voiced their desires for more bike lanes and multi-use paths.
It was mentioned that there could be some possibility of a multi-use path or bike lanes on Tecumseh, but that it is not currently called for in the Bicycle Use Master Plan (BUMP), and that it would be a long term solution to an immediate problem. It appears that this issue will be looked at in more detail by the WBC.
Also mentioned was that an environmental assessment is budgeted for an area that traffic engineers refer to as the “Dougall Box”, which is the area around Dougall, Eugenie, Ouellette Pl. and the viaduct. This assessment may lead to improved bicycling infrastructure in the near future.
A resolution was passed to follow up with administration as to the progress on up-dating BUMP, and the costs and feasability of doing so.
There was also some discussion regarding the possibility of a by-law allowing cyclists to ride on certain sidewalks – such as Huron Church or Tecumseh.
Upcoming events organized by the WBC
- Earth Day: Sunday April 25th @ Malden/Mic Mac. Cycling materials will be available for the public, such as a map of bike lanes/multi-use trails, and a cycling skills booklet.
- Bike to work week: June 7th – 12th
- Rediscover your bike: June 12th @ WFCU
- Bike the bridge: June 13th – press release to be issued soon
- Bike to the fireworks: June 21st
- Rolling forward: conference at UofW, June 26th
A hot issue lately has been the issue of riding on sidewalks. New signs will be going up soon in some of the commercial areas such as Walkerville and along Ottawa street. The WBC may be going back to the Police Services Board in the near future to again ask for enforcement.
The WBC budget was reviewed. Currently about $3500 of their $5800 budget has been allocated or spent. They are looking at spending the majority of the rest of the money on education – either public service advertisements, educating children at the safety village, or both.
The committee will be looking at exactly how they want to do their PSA, and what message they want to focus on at the next meeting, or possibly prior to the next meeting. There was a suggestion of collaborating with local theatre students to decrease costs.