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New cycling paths making a difference in Headingley

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New walking and cycling pathways in Headingley have proven popular.

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"Kudos to the R.M. of Headingley councillors for developing pathways along Roblin Boulevard. Their foresight in this regard has created a much safer community in this area. Recent sightings on the new pathway include: a mom pushing a baby carriage, young children riding bicycles, a senior resident carrying groceries safely whereas previously he would walk in the middle of the road, and many hikers enjoying their outing."

So says Karl Gompf,  chair of Headingley Recreation and Parks Advisory committee.

Apart from the spectacular asphalt path that curves through the southwest part of Headingley (aka the hamlet) there is also a new gravel path all the way from Portage Avenue that goes from McIntosh Road, behind Hudson Street park and over to Taylor Bridge across the Assiniboine River. This leads to Roblin Boulevard and the new path in the hamlet — and it’s all part of the Headingley Recreation and Parks master plan.  

Susanne Moore, recreation director of the Macdonald Headingley Recreation District, confirms that "the findings of the master plan have given solid evidence to the RM of Headingley that investment in trails, pathways and active transportation infrastructure are supported by the citizens of Headingley."

Like many others, I am a motorist, a cyclist, and a pedestrian and I have taken to observing habits on the road. I have noted  that the new three-way stop signs in the hamlet are a good thing, in that the stop signs, plus the pedestrian-crossing sign, have slowed down traffic.

However, I remain concerned about my fellow cyclists who appear to be blithely unaware of stop signs and new cycling paths.

Cyclists should ensure they have reflective lights, too. I often see people dressed totally in black, riding in the dark, with no lights anywhere. Motorists simply can’t see them.

Let’s make sure we all stay safe out there, whether it  is walking, driving or cycling.

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