A unanimous vote at last night’s city council session is a big victory for Windsor cyclists. Councilor Alan Halberstadt, who also sits on the city’s bicycling committee, brought forward the opportunity to have the city named a “bicycle friendly community”, according to a program out of the U.S. by the League of American Bicyclists. Council voted in favour of pursuing the designation.
The program, which is being introduced in Ontario by Eleanor McMahon and the Share The Road Cycling Coalition, asks community leaders to answer a series of questions. Based on the responses, the community is rated and given a gold, silver or bronze designation. The highest rated city in the States right now is Madison, WI, which sees their bike lanes snow-plowed before the streets!
It’ll be interesting to see what the result is for Windsor. McMahon believes we’ll be happily surprised with the final tally, while some members of the cycling community think our rating will be mediocre at best. Whatever the outcome, it’ll be the perfect benchmark for us to lead off from. We’ll be able to compare our infrastructure with that of other municipalities, and hopefully we can draw some inspiration from the highly rated cities in the U.S.