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Multi use path on Second Line in Sault Ste Marie

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We citizens of Sault Ste Marie respectfully petition the city to create a multi-use path on the south side of Second Line between Great Northern Road and Old Garden River Road, and to covert the sidewalk on the west side of Great Northern Road between Second Line and Soo Mill into a multi use path.

The city plans to repave Second Line between Old Garden River Road and Great Northern Road this summer and to install a sidewalk on the south side near the Water Tower Inn. This would accommodate pedestrians but not the growing number of cyclists who seek to access that part of the city and have no option but to share the roadway with vehicular traffic if no bicycle lane is constructed, to the detriment of faster motorists and slower cyclists alike.

Multi-purpose paths in this area would meet existing city policy: "The purpose of the Cycling Master Plan is two-fold. First, the updated plan provides general design considerations that should be utilized to make all roads and destinations within the community cycling friendly."

This path would connect the existing HUB trail on Old Garden River Road with Industrial Court Drive and the lighted intersection near the Soo Mill access, routes already identified in the Cycling Master Plan.

A multi-use path is needed for:
1 - Safety, especially of cyclists.
2 - Traffic flow, since without a multi-path route slower cyclists will be required by Ontario law to appropriate an entire road lane for safety and vehicles will have to wait to pass in another lane when it is safe to do so.
3 - Commerce, since with it more cyclists are likely to frequent businesses in the area.
4 - Wise use of public funds, since construction of a paved multi-use path is less expensive than building and maintaining a concrete sidewalk for pedestrians only.
5 - Promotion of Sault Ste Marie as a progressive bicycle-friendly city that welcomes visitors to use its multi-purpose routes as well as enhancing the safety of citizens.

Therefore, we citizens of Sault Ste Marie respectfully petition the city to create a multi-use path on the south side of Second Line between Great Northern Road and Old Garden River Road, and to covert the sidewalk on the west side of Great Northern Road between Second Line and Soo Mill into a multi use path.



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