Bike lanes to replace parking space
PARKING SPOTS IN KINGSTON ARE ALREADY AT A PREMIUM ..
PARKING SPOTS IN KINGSTON ARE ALREADY AT A PREMIUM .
.. AND THEY'RE ABOUT TO GET MUCH HARDER TO FIND.
THE CITY PLANS TO CREATEDEDICATED CYCLING ALONG BROCK AND JOHNSON STREETS
.AND THAT COULD ELIMINATE
MORE THAN 150 PARKING SPOTS. NEWSWATCH'S PAUL SOUCY HAS MORE.
THE CITY OF KINGSTON HAS OFTENBEEN DESCRIBED
AS 'BIKE-FRIENDLY' ... IN FACT IT EVEN WON AN AWARD LAST AUGUST
.TO BUILD ON THAT SUCCESS IT'S ABOUT TO DESIGNATE TWO MORE 'BIKE-FRIENDLY' STREETS.
"Brock and Johnson street corridor has been identified as a utilitarian recreational cycling route, and we've received a lot of pressure from the community to try and implement some cycling infrastructure."
AS EARLY AS THIS FALL - COMMUTERS WHO NORMALLY PARK ALONG THE TWO STREETS
BETWEEN SIR JOHN A MACDONALD BOULEVARD AND DIVISION STREET
WILL BE FORCED TO FIND SOMEWHERE ELSE TO LEAVE THEIR CARS.
"So what we're trying to do is to help manage that spill-over effect; and to do it in a controlled manor so that it doesn't overwhelm neighbourhoods and neighbourhood streets."
STREET PARKING IS ALREADY A PROBLEM PLAGUING KINGSTON'S DAILY COMMUTERS..
AND WHILE MANY AREN'T PLEASED WITH MORE PEOPLE FIGHT
ING OVER FEWER SPOTS. OUR AFTERNOON POLL CAME BACK WITH MIXED REVIEWS...
"I don't think it would be the best idea. Bikes I feel get along just fine as is."
"You have to either drive on the sidewalk or you have to ride among cars."
"I find that there's just way too many bikers going on the sidewalk, it's dangerous if you don't see them."
A PUBLIC MEETING WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY
. IF IT PASSES THE CITY WILL TAKE THE SUMMER TO WORK ON NEW PARKING PERMIT POLICIES - AND HOPES TO IMPLEMENT THE NEW BIKE LANES BY LATE FALL.
PAUL SOUCY CKWS NEWSWATCH KINGSTON.