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Administration to update council on downtown bike lanes in the summer of 2025, 2026

Lethbridge bikers can continue to use the downtown bike lanes, as city council voted in favour of them staying with a pair of reviews in the coming years.

During the Tuesday, May 14th meeting, city council approved the recommendation from the Assets and Infrastructure Standing Policy Committee. Included in the approved recommendations, city administration will return to the committee next summer with an update on the usage of the downtown bike lanes, and will then come back the following summer with a report that will look at the lane’s usage, safety and any modifications that may be needed.

Before any decisions were made the city had a trio of opportunities for residents, with the first happening at the Community Conversation event on April 25th, along with an online survey and during the Assets and Infrastructure Standing Policy Committee meeting earlier in May. Acting Mayor and Committee Chair Mark Campbell says that it was important for the city to do their diligence and get feedback from those in the community because the bike lanes have become a major topic of discussion.

“By having yearly usage updates during the next two summers, Council will be able to use new data to best inform future decision making.”

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On Tuesday, council also received a report from administration regarding the progress on completing the bike lanes on 7th Street South. According to the report work on the lanes from 4th Avenue to 7th Avenue was expected to be completed by the contractor in 2023 but because of the weather a portion of the project still needs to be finished. Senior Project Administrator with the City’s Transportation Department, Bryce Dudley this part of the project will connect 7th Avenue bike boulevard to the lanes in the city’s downtown.

“More information on that construction will be shared in the coming days and weeks, including direct letters to businesses and residents, proposed timelines and road closure impacts,” Dudley says.

Work on the final phase is expected to begin on May 27th and will take approximately four weeks to complete, depending on the weather.

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