Recently, Fredericton city council held public consultations on a master plan for the city’s bike and trail ways. I haven’t been able to see all of the details that have been presented but I would like to propose (or vote) for a few suggestions:
1) Bike lanes!!! We need dedicated bike lane on some of the city’s streets. The current trail system is awesome as it stands but in order to get to the trails or from the trails to your final destination often requires a scary ride on a busy street. It’s not that I’m averse to driving a bicycle on a street, heck I’ve riding many times in the streets of Toronto but have you seen some of the drivers in Freddy Beach? The only dedicated bike lanes in the city that I am aware on the UNB campus near the student union building. The city really needs to add some of these to help cyclists out.
2) There was a mention that the city would examine the possibility of paving sections of the existing trails. Although it would be expensive, it can greatly enhance the trail experience. It would open up the option of roller blading on the trails which I’m sure that some people would quite enjoy. Paving some of the trails might also allow for better winter clearing allowing people to use the trails safely in the winter.
3) Another possibility that was brought up was the installation of washroom and or fountains at more points on the trails. I think that additional fountains would be a great addition. Thumbs up if it goes forward.
4) Expansion. Any expansion to the trail system would be welcomed by me. It would be quite nice to be able to access Killarney Lake trails through the trail system and I believe that the city will be putting this section in fairly soon. As an aside, if you haven’t seen the new trails up at Killarney Lake go and check them out. Great little park we have there.
5) Enhancing trails outside the city boundaries. Now I don’t expect the city to pay to improve the trails outside the city but adjacent jurisdictions and perhaps the provincial government could help out. Riding on several sections of the trails as soon as you cross the city lines (or shortly thereafter) the quality of the trail degrades quite quickly. This discourages users from making use of the trails for longer rides.
I guess I will have to see what the city proposes but at least they are examining the system and appear to be very serious about improving and enhancing the trails.