Development of Better Bicycling Opportunities in the Charlottetown Region
     May 18, 2007 — David Sims

There are several opportunities for you to participate in the development of designated bicycle routes in Charlottetown.  The needs of commuters, children going to school and recreational riders are being addressed.  Proper fine tuning of proposals depends on participation from active bikers.  A plan may look good on paper but not work in practice; the only way to make the necessary adjustment is to have input from those who ride the roads.

i) Tuesday afternoon, May 22, 3 - 5 p.m. at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, an open house, hosted by the city of Charlottetown's Parks and Recreation department, and the environmental consulting firm engaged to develop a new master plan for Charlottetown's active transportation initiatives.  View the proposed changes, talk about them with the consulting firm.

ii)  Tuesday evening, May 22, 7:00 p.m. at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel, a formal unveiling of the master plan, with discussion to follow.

iii) Tuesday June 5, 7:30 p.m. at the PEI House of Sport, 70 Enman Crescent, room 234, Active Living Alliance PEI and Cycling PEI will co-sponsor a meeting of bicyclists, seeking to fine tune the city's master plan for cycling routes.  This is your opportunity to meet and talk with fellow bikers, to carefully examine the implications of the city's plan in your part of town, or where you commute to work.  Invariably, larger issues that involve the province will arise, such as developing safer bicycling on provincial highways that dovetail with city roads.  These will be recorded and presented to a post-election government for further action.  However, the main theme for this evening of idea-generating is to hone the development of safe commuting routes around Charlottetown.

After this meeting, representatives for Active Living and CPEI will meet with city planners to adopt the recommendations of the master plan in light of the practical advice of seasoned bikers.

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