Residents living near downtown and several organizations have criticized the lack of bicycle lanes included for a specific section of the rebuild of Elizabeth Street due to a left turning lane.
It was revealed at a city-hosted open house on Thursday that the turning lane, built to accommodate traffic bound for the recent Metalworks development, pushed aside any bike lane options.
A bylaw passed in 2009 requires that anytime a road is reconstructed it must include bicycle infrastructure.
Yvette Tendick, in a letter template she encourages concerned residents to send to staff, writes the lack of bike lanes “is not right”. Tendick is the president and co-founder of the Guelph Coalition for Active Transportation.
Pointing out the lack of consultation with corporate stakeholders as well as the public only learning that the bike lanes were omitted hours before the contract signing, Scott Fredrick called the entire situation “disturbing”.
The mayor said he was unaware of the developments.
“I didn’t know a think about this until it was brought to my attention yesterday,” Mayor Cam Guthrie wrote in a tweet on Saturday evening.
“I’ve asked staff for an immediate brief on Monday as to what’s going on,” Guthrie added, saying he will share information “right away” as he receives it.