We’re advocating a Road Diet for Bowes Street – here’s why
A road diet is a safe streets project in which space is reorganized to accommodate other modes of transportation. In the case of Bowes Street, we are proposing that the 4 lanes for motorized traffic become 3 lanes (1 lane each way and a centre turning lane) plus 1 separate/protected cycling path.
Creating a dedicated bike route along Bowes Street would keep cyclists separated from motor vehicle traffic. This would help protect current cyclists, attract new cyclists and link existing cycling routes, for example by connecting downtown destinations with the great cycling facilities on Oastler Park Drive.
A road diet for Bowes Street would increase the viability of recreational and utilitarian cycling in the Parry Sound Area. Road designs that incorporate the principles of Complete Streets aim to accommodate all ages, abilities, and modes of travel. On Bowes Street, we see an opportunity to create a roadway that ensures all users, whether they are 8 or 80 years of age, are accommodated and feel comfortable and welcome.