Crossing Thunder Bay through the Intercity area by bicycle is dangerous. While riding on the sidewalk is illegal and accounts for 63% of cycling collisions in Thunder Bay, riding on a 5-lane street in traffic is not much better and poses a huge barrier for many people. However, increasing active transportation and cycling, particularly along the May-Memorial-Algoma corridor, would have many benefits economic, environmental, and lifestyle benefits for the City of Thunder Bay. Cities around the world have realized that these benefits are worth pursuing and places like Ottawa, Montreal, Minneapolis, Winnipeg, and even Grand Marais have built separated bike lanes to create safe cycling routes that encourage people to get around by bike while addressing safety concerns. The Memorial Link is a perfect opportunity to bring this tried-and-tested concept to Thunder Bay and make our City better.

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