Work on Cannon Bike Track to Start

The first markings on Cannon Street in preparation for work to build the track on July 27, 2014. (Joey Coleman)The first markings on Cannon Street in preparation for work to build the track on July 27, 2014. (Joey Coleman)

Earlier this month, I asked the City for an update on the Cannon bike track project – will it open this summer?

The City responded with a press release saying preliminary work will be begin in July.

Now, at the end of July, I walked the length of the bike track in search of this work. I found one marking on the road for the bike track.

Today, July 28, residents along Cannon received a flyer in their mailboxes, the flyer states:

The City of Hamilton has started preliminary work before installing bi-directional bike lanes (also referred to as a cycle track) on the south side of Cannon from Sherman Avenue to Hess Street.

A closer look at the Cannon Bike Track marking shows the cycle track separation. Photo taken July 27, 2014 (Joey Coleman)A closer look at the Cannon Bike Track marking shows the cycle track separation. Photo taken July 27, 2014 (Joey Coleman)

The City says the cycle track is “expected to open to cyclists later this summer.”

Cannon’s bike track will be similar to the two separate cycle tracks on Hunter Street, without the gapping hole that exists in front of the GO Station.

The track will be a “three-year pilot” project with an estimated cost of $867,200 to build the track and $728,970 to operate the track by clearing snow. The operating cost estimate includes expected increases to waste collection costs.

The high figure is disputed, and Council voted to proceed with an expectation that costs will be lower.

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