By Ryan McGreal
Published April 22, 2010
An RTH reader posted a comment the other day in response to the recent article on the Queensdale Ave bike lane meeting claiming that the bike lane plan would require the fire hydrants to be moved from the south side of the street to the north side.
I contacted Daryl Bender, the city's manager of alternative transportation, to ask for clarification on this. Mr. Bender responded, "The hydrants would not have to be relocated to accommodate the planned Queensdale cycling facility."
He noted that the idea to move the hydrants to the north side was proposed not to accommodate the cycling facilities but to increase the supply of curbside parking spaces by three or four (because the presence of the hydrants would no longer block stretches of curb for drivers).
Mr. Bender also noted that the city observed parking demand along this stretch of Queensdale and found there would be more than enough space to accommodate peak parking demand without needing to move the hydrants.
The bike lanes would be in Councillor Tom Jackson's ward (Ward 6), and I understand Councillor Jackson opposed the plan. He is currently on vacation and unavailable for comment, but I left an email request with him to clarify what his concerns were about the proposed bike lanes. More to come if and when he responds.
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