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Proposal to remove Lakeshore Rd turnlane for bike lanes

Report to committee Dec. 3

bike lane - king road BurlingtonStaff are recommending removing the centre turn lane on Lakeshore Road between Guelph Line and Torrance Ave to paint bike lanes on the road. This would be a pilot project to test the effectiveness of the lanes and measure the impact of traffic safety and flow, in preparation for full road reconstruction next year. If the pilot is successful, the lines would be painted permanently when the road is reconstructed.

The city’s Development & Infrastructure Committee will be considering the recommendation on Dec. 3, 6:30pm. You can register as a delegation to speak by contacting the clerks department at 905-335-7600 or online here.

Read the staff report here.

My Take: I am not in favour of removing the centre turn lane on Lakeshore Road for the safety of cars and good flow of traffic. The centre turn lane is essential for cars entering Lakeshore Road during busy periods from side streets and the condos on the South Side of Lakeshore Road. It is very difficult to make a left turn onto Lakeshore at peak periods because of the need to have a clear space in both directions at the same time. The centre turn lane allows cars to cross one lane of traffic, then wait in the centre lane for a space in the second lane of traffic. Further, during busy periods, the turn lane is needed to allow cars to move around turning cars to keep traffic moving. Though I recognize this is proposed as a pilot, which I normally support, the impact on vehicular safety and flow would be too great. We need to find alternative options for our cyclists, including New Street, the Centennial Bike Path, or repaving the sidewalk along Lakeshore.

Your View: Are you in favour of the pilot or not? Let me know your thoughts by commenting below or email me at meedwardm@burlington.ca

Written by Marianne Meed Ward

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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