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Waterloo bike lanes get go-ahead

Waterloo, Ont., is getting an upgrade to the city’s bike infrastructure, but not everyone is happy. The city council voted on Monday to move forward with major road changes along Lexington Road during the summer of 2014.

The city will be installing on-road bike lanes running in both directions on Lexington Road between Anndale Road and University Avenue. There will also be a sidewalk installed on the south side of Lexington. The intersections on Lexington at University Avenue and Bridge Street will see the addition of bike boxes allowing cyclists to wait ahead of traffic at stoplights.

The entire plan was put in place with the hopes of making the community safer for cyclists and pedestrians and increase foot traffic.

The city held two public information sessions in which community members could come and learn about the project, express ideas or concerns and talk to city officials. About 100 people attended.

The cost for the entire project is expected to cost $1.4 million, $300,000 more than the $1.1 million the city budgeted toward the project.

Some are upset by the changes. Residents who live along Lexington Road will lose some trees, lawn space and driveway space. They will also lose the on-street parking that the road currently offers.