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No Roadway for Canmore's Pathway!

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It’s time for Mayor Krausert and Council to rethink the Town's plan for the redevelopment of the West Bow River Pathway.

Current plans are to create a ‘bike highway’ along the bank of the Bow River. If Mayor and Council move forward with this plan, the beloved current gravel path will be paved, flattened, widened - first to 11.5 feet (3.5 metres) and expandable to 18 feet (5.5 metres) - with suggestion for artificial street lights too.

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Their plan is at odds with Canmore's own Environmental Stewardship policy and public commitment to green policies!

Early work is underway and there’s no time to lose.

Mayor Krausert’s Plan is Wrong for Canmore. It will...

  • Be unsafe for walkers, joggers, children, pets and casual cyclists, who will be competing with e-bikes, e-scooters and cyclists travelling at high speeds
  • Displace wildlife, including elk, who now use this unique area of the Bow Valley as a calving habitat - The path has been closed for elk calving in the past
  • Harm the natural environment, with trees being cut and asphalt being applied
  • Create light pollution in a natural wildlife habitat
  • Cost taxpayers money - both capital and annual maintenance costs - that could be better spent on higher priority needs for our community

Mayor Krausert and Councillors, There’s a Better Path

We support sensible and moderate improvements to this beloved pathway. Council should consider other viable alternatives for high-speed commuter bike traffic.

We also support:

  • Moderate widening of the pathway and bridges to a maximum of 10 feet (3 metres)
  • Maintaining the gravel surface
  • No artificial lights
  • No high-speed traffic
  • Considering alternative routes to support active transportation, including extending the Legacy Trail to the Three Sisters entrance or a dedicated bike lane on Three Sisters Parkway

There’s no time to lose - capital budgets for 2023 and beyond are being prepared now and will be passed in Oct/Nov 2022.

If you care about this important issue, please sign this petition and include your comments at time of signing. Add your support behind over 1600 others who have signed the paper petition or this digital petition.

Also, you can email Mayor Sean Krausert and Councillors to express your opposition to such improvements.

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