I am writing to disagree with the full page advertisement in the Sept. 8 Outlook that lobbies against paving the remainder of the West Bow River pathway. I encourage council to continue with its plans to widen it to 3.5 metres and pave it.
This section of unpaved pathway discourages cycling to and from the Three Sisters area because it is unstable for many types of bicycles. It is a major gap in having a paved trail system that connects all parts of our town. It will allow commuters, leisure riders, students and children to travel easily through town. Riders will not be endangered by traffic and it has few significant elevation changes. Best of all, it already exists. It only needs to be brought to acceptable urban pathway standards.
The advertiser says paving the trail – which they suggest would make it a highway – is environmentally unfriendly. Nothing could be further from the truth. It will encourage more bike transportation and it will be a paved pathway, not a highway. If it also has a separate pedestrian lane, so much the better.
I also note the public will be better served if the advertiser identifies themself. This would enable us to understand whether they may have additional reasons for their concerns, such as owning a riverfront property beside this path.
Widening to 3.5 metres and paving this short section of pathway will make Canmore better.