MONDAY MORNING EDITORIAL — The proposal by a community group that the City construct a new multi-use trail between the Halston Bridge and the Tournament Capital Ranch at Rayleigh is well-intended but not likely to get anywhere soon.
The $2-million (rough number) project was proposed a few weeks ago and staff will put a preliminary informational report on the table for council’s consideration on Tuesday. It outlines a number of obstacles to the plan, including geographical challenges and access across Band land, as well as the fact there are a lot of other projects that probably have higher priority.
The report doesn’t rule out the idea forever, but certainly doesn’t encourage putting it high on an already the extensive wish list. Neither is council likely to jump at getting involved in another pricey capital project at this time.
There’s another reason not to move quickly on this idea. It proposes a path on a route that is not currently a high-use area for cyclists or pedestrians. Indeed, the report suggests it won’t be a high-use route even should the trail be built.
On the other hand, there are other routes that are highly used and which present serious safety issues — for example, the East Trans Canada Highway and Westsyde Road north of the Dunes golf course. And, there’s some discontent that planned upgrades to Columbia Street don’t include provision for dedicated cycling lanes.
If the City wants to spend a couple of million dollars on multi-use paths, let it be spent first based on existing safety deficiencies rather than on encouragement of brand new recreational routes.