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LETTER: Bike and pedestrian infrastructure an important link

Editor: For years I've found it challenging to navigate on foot or bike across the Benchlands Trail overpass and the nearby intersection with Bow Valley Trail. Bike and foot traffic in both directions were forced to share a skinny sidewalk on one side

Editor:

For years I've found it challenging to navigate on foot or bike across the Benchlands Trail overpass and the nearby intersection with Bow Valley Trail. Bike and foot traffic in both directions were forced to share a skinny sidewalk on one side of the roadway.

Once at the intersection, travellers were required to dodge right-turning traffic even with the walk signal.

But finally, this part of Canmore will be safe and pleasant to navigate on foot or on bike. A proper bike lane for the overpass, and good signalling and space for bike and foot crossings.

Driving through this intersection seems straightforward and intuitive. Cars turning right, now have their own signal and won't be held up by pedestrians or bikes.

Bike and foot traffic will only increase in popularity as e-bikes proliferate and people of all ages turn to more sustainable forms of transportation.

I commend the engineers and Town of Canmore administration who made this happen. It took courage to break from old modes and make travel more accessible for everyone.

Jeremy White,

Canmore