Comment 82371

By Fred Street (anonymous) | Posted October 28, 2012 at 15:32:14

The city's cycling master plan, which sought to update its 1992 Bicycle Network Study, was rolled out in December 1999 as the decisive-sounding "Shifting Gears".

That plan was allowed to mellow for nearly a decade with little to no progress, then dusted off and revised in the fall of 2008, republished in the summer of 2009.

We're 20 years from the Bicycle Network Study, almost 13 years from the original Shifting Gears master plan and more three years from the sequel. That sequel itself came with a a 20 year implementation schedule, along with a note that "A Master Plan should be reviewed every five years to determine the need for a detailed formal review and/or update." So we'll have a look at it in 2014, which of course is an election year.

I don't know if it's realistic to expect anything "quickly" around Shifting Gears, especially when the price tag (~$24m for the urban portion of the network alone) has apparently wilted the enthusiasm of council.

By contrast, the City is only 12 years behind on LRT...

https://raisethehammer.org/blog/2573/lrt_'ten_to_fifteen_years_away'

....and 11 years behind on a modest two-way street implementation schedule.

http://raisethehammer.org/article/1663

So I suppose speed is relative.

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