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Biking to work gets easier and safer

"Cyclists hitting the road for Bike to Work Week will find their commutes safer, faster and more relaxing. So says the City of Vancouver, which has spent around $20 million on improvements to its 400 kilometres of bike routes over the past three years.Improvements include two new greenways designated for cyclists and pedestrians and five new bikeways.."
"Vancouverites can expect more greenways, Edwards said, listing Helmcken, downtown and along the Fraser River as possible future sites.

O'Melinn said people want to bike, but their interest fades at the thought of being sandwiched by traffic, maneouvring around pedestrians or arriving sweaty to a showerless workplace.

She said greenways and bikeways would certainly help boost cycling numbers.

That's good news for city hall, which has been trying to get Vancouverites on two wheels for years.

In 2005, council adopted the goal of having 10 per cent of all trips in the city by bicycle by 2010.

Today that number is only 3.7 per cent.."

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