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Coun. Ross Eadie (Mynarski) is firing back over allegations he is opposed to spending money on cycling.

In a release sent Friday afternoon, Eadie explained his reasons for being one of the five councillors waging a battle against the city’s 20-year pedestrian and cycling strategy.

"I can understand new council members thinking this policy will be living, breathing and easy to change, but I cannot forgive seasoned council members for stating the same falsehood when they know the problems with our other master plans," he said in the release.

He says the argument that it is a guideline, not policy, made by supporters of the strategy — including Mayor Brian Bowman and Coun. Janice Lukes — is false.

"Once adopted as policy, this report will be very difficult to change, just like the Transportation Master Plan and the Comprehensive Integrated Waste Management Strategy. These documents become City of Winnipeg policy and bylaws," he said.

There are several factual errors in the 364-page document, as well as several proposed routes which Eadie says will not work in his ward and will not benefit citizens.

At Tuesday’s Lord Selkirk-West Kildonan Community Committee meeting, Eadie plans to introduce motions to change the routes in the attached maps of the Mynarski Ward and partial extensions into the two other wards.

On Monday, he will hold a press conference to fully explain the motions to the media.