City waits for police report on cyclist death before pursuing active transit review
WINNIPEG – The City of Winnipeg says it will wait for the police report into the collision that killed a cyclist on a three lane stretch of Pembina Highway Monday night before considering a review of active transit in that neighbourhood.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have asked transit officials to review paths and bike lanes into the stadium after Dick Stevenson, an avid cyclist and Bomber fan, was killed on his way to the game around 5:30 p.m. Monday.
There is a bike lane on that stretch of Pembina Highway, but it stops at Plaza Drive, in the spot witnesses say Stevenson was struck and killed.
“I cycle myself in this city,” said Bombers president and CEO Wade Miller. “Whether you come to a Bomber game or you are in rush hour traffic, it’s a difficult city to be on a bike.”
About 1,000 fans bike to Bombers games and Miller said a review of plans would be prudent.
“We don’t know the details of that tragic event, so we’d rather not comment,” said Luis Escobar, the city’s transportation manager.
But he did say the city has spent $85 million on 300 kilometres of bike lanes and paths since 2008 and another report detailing future expansion will be presented to city hall in the fall.
Officials also said there is already an alternative route to Investors Group Field; a bike path that can be accessed off Plaza Drive. It runs along the Red River and into the stadium grounds.
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