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New bike lanes coming to Campbell River

Some parking options on Hilchey Road will be removed in favour of cycling lanes.

The City of Campbell River says they will be installing the lanes on Hilchey Road from Highway 19A to South Dogwood Street. They add they want to encourage cycling, and the lanes will connect the multi-use path on South Dogwood Street to the sea walk on Highway 19A.

The bike lanes will pass Timberline Village, Penfield Elementary School and near the Sportsplex.

Director of Community Planning and Livability Ell Brovold says the lanes will improve commuting in the area overall.

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“Building safer infrastructure for cyclists, benefits the entire community,” said Brovold. “More bikes on the road means less pollution and congestion, fewer collisions, and healthier individuals and communities. The additional bike lanes on Hilchey Road will link existing bike routes, join destinations and create safer cycling in Campbell River.”

Parking on Hilchey Road will be selectively removed on both sides to accommodate the lane, according to the city.

The bike lanes will be placed next to the curb and the parking lane will be between the travel lane and bike lane.

The city says this design is less common but is overall safe for cyclists on that type of road.

Installation is set to begin next week. The city asks drivers to dive with care during and after the work.

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