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Input needed on 106 Street bike lane winter maintenance

Gerry Gibeault rides his bike along 106th Street September 18, 2013. Global News

EDMONTON — Attention commuters: the City of Edmonton is looking for feedback on how well, or not well, it did when it comes to winter maintenance of a popular stretch of bike lanes.

City staff members hope to hear from all commuters, not just cyclists, about the maintenance along the 106 Street bike route between 29 Avenue and Saskatchewan Drive.

“Did we make a difference this year? Was it better than last winter season? Is it sufficient?” said Bob Dunford, director of Roadway Maintenance with the City of Edmonton.

This winter was the second season in a row city crews kept up maintenance on the 106 Street bike lanes. The maintenance is part of a pilot project to encourage year round cycling in the city.

“If we truly want to look at moving active transportation forward in a winter city we need to figure out how to do it in our city,” said Dunford.

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The city’s goal is to maintain a one-metre wide bike lane along 106 Street by clearing snow and sanding when necessary throughout the winter. Dunford admits the task has been challenging.

“I don’t know that we’ve been able to get to the level that we’d like to for maintenance,” he said.

“My thought so far is we’re going to have to look at a different way of designing these major cycle facilities to give us a better chance of making them year round worthy.”

Dunford says last year’s maintenance was “satisfactory at best.”

The online survey is open until April 6. Dunford said the results will help city planners design the 102 Avenue and 83 Avenue bike routes.

To take part in the survey, visit the City of Edmonton’s website.