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Re: A dangerous path (June 12). The loss of Dick Stevenson's life will probably save mine. I cycle his route to the University of Manitoba often, holding my breath while crossing the on-ramp to Bishop Grandin. I was unaware of the Plaza Drive route until informed by followup media reports.

Better signage would fix this, cheaply. Cyclists need a sign on Plaza Drive that directs us eastbound on Plaza. The sign needs to be visible from Pembina Highway.

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There is today only a bike-route sign on southbound Pembina. It directs cyclists to turn left at Plaza Drive. Before Mr. Stevenson's death, I thought this sign directed me to cross Pembina and ride southbound on the sidewalk, on the east side. This is hardly a better solution, so I've stayed on the road on southbound Pembina, as I understand Mr. Stevenson did.

To sort this out, perhaps the city could hire back the consultant whose signage solutions made Winnipeg Square and the skywalk more navigable.

The city might also please consider painting a green line on bike routes. I would be happy to help raise funds to pay for the green paint, in Mr. Stevenson's memory.

 

Dan Torbiak

Winnipeg

 

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition June 14, 2014 A16

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