Where the a-holes are: St. Catharines

Cars + rampant consumerism = no bikes

As major urban centres throughout North America are scrambling to institute infrastructural changes that will accommodate and encourage cycling, the brain-trust city council in St. Catharines is removing bike lanes that they just created. That’s right.  Apparently the bicycle lanes along a major east-west artery are causing traffic back ups and preventing easy access to…wait for it…Canadian Tire and Wal-Mart.  Councillor Len Stack went so far as to argue that the bike lanes were being removed because they were unsafe.

So, instead of making minor concessions (cycling advocates have proposed removing the bicycle lane for a short stretch to allow for a right turn lane), the city is going to scrap the lane altogether.

Oh, and doing so will cost as much as $65,000. I’m assuming the good folks at Canadian Tire and Wal-Mart will foot that bill?

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