Comment 39181

By Kiely (registered) | Posted March 26, 2010 at 15:45:32

"Lots of places in Holland don't have LRT but just about every place has bike paths going everywhere. I cannot overstate how great bike paths are for the health and well-being of everyone in society: - Michaelcumming

Apples and oranges Michael.

Bikes are part of the culture in Holland, not so much here. Do not expect equal return for equal investment when comparing biking in Canada to biking in Holland. Bike lanes will really only function for 2/3 of the year here (at best) and only see peak action for probably 1/3. Yes the crazy winter bike riders are out there but what % of society is that? In fact beyond the recreational riders what % are active bikers (i.e., commuting and/or main mode of transit)? I see relatively few people using the bike lanes we currently have.

The bike lane thing is a nice notion but the actual benefit beyond the "nice to have" is debatable and when there are other initiatives that would benefit a wider and larger segment of the population, bike lanes remain very low on the priority list in my opinion.

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