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City gets first parking protected bike lane

Project expected to be completed this summer

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A conceptual drawing of the parking protected bike lane and the buffered bike lane. From Wolseley Avenue to Broadway on Sherbrook Street, there will be a parking protected bike lane, which means the bike lane will be placed between a lane of parked cars and the sidewalk. From Broadway to Cumberland Avenue, there will be a buffered bike lane, which means the bike lane is separated from traffic by two white lines.

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Supplied image A conceptual drawing of the parking protected bike lane and the buffered bike lane. From Wolseley Avenue to Broadway on Sherbrook Street, there will be a parking protected bike lane, which means the bike lane will be placed between a lane of parked cars and the sidewalk. From Broadway to Cumberland Avenue, there will be a buffered bike lane, which means the bike lane is separated from traffic by two white lines. Photo Store

Cyclists will soon be able to ride their bikes more safely.

Sherbrook Street will be getting a dedicated bike lane between the Maryland Bridge and Cumberland Avenue. From Wolseley Avenue to Broadway, the bike lane will be a parking protected bike lane — the first of its kind in Winnipeg.

Kevin Nixon, City of Winnipeg’s active transportation co-ordinator, said a parking protected bike lane is placed between the sidewalk and the parked cars.

"The bike lane will be protected by a lane of parked cars," Nixon said, adding that parking protected bike lanes are new for the city, but have been utilized all over North America.

According to a release, in addition to a parking protected bike lane, the City will also construct a buffered bike lane, which is a "curbside bike lane that is separated from traffic by two white painted lines on the roadway", which will extend from Broadway to Cumberland Avenue on Sherbrook Street.

The parking protected bike lane and the buffered bike lane will "form the northbound partner to the southbound bike lane implemented on Maryland Street in 2010," according to the release.

There are also plans for upgrades to bus stops on Sherbrook Street.

"We plan to start and finish construction this summer," Nixon said. "It’s not a ton of work."

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