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Biker love new paths - Kirk Dopson

Biker love new pathssome clarification, specifically with regards to the bike path along Paris St.

Biker love new pathssome clarification, specifically with regards to the bike path along Paris St.
The bike path, which runs from the Bell Park parking lot near the  amphitheatre to the base of the hill (in front of Science North), was not constructed by the city. 


This project was planned, and the funds were raised by Rainbow Routes Association, a volunteer, not-for-profit group dedicated to developing non-motorized trails in Greater Sudbury and was built during the fall of 2005. 


 I can tell you that we are very proud of this project, which is the first phase of a trail to get  bicyclists safely through Bell Park, and keep them off the Jim Gordon Boardwalk. Bikes aren't allowed on the boardwalk.  City council and  city staff have been very supportive of this ongoing project, and have provided our organization with a great deal of assistance in making it happen. The city was also one of many organizations that provided  financial support for this project.


This summer, watch for the second phase of this project, which will improve the bike path through the park.


On a personal note, I'd also like to commend the city for the development of the bike lanes along Howey and Bancroft.  As someone who lives in this area of town and is on these roads every day, I can tell you that these new lanes are getting used. 


Anyone who travels this area  in the morning when kids are on their way to school, or in the evenings and weekends when parents and kids are out getting some exercise, has seen the results.  I'm also pleasantly surprised to see more people commuting to work on their bikes now that the lanes are in place.


To find out more about Rainbow Routes, contact us at 674-4455 ext. 4603, or on the web at www.rainbowroutes.com .


Kirk Dopson
Treasurer
Rainbow Routes Association




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