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Death of Cyclist Prompts Safety Concerns

By Allan Dearing Oct 25, 2022 | 7:03 AM

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The recent death of a cyclist in Moncton has sparked concerns about safety on the streets.

The conversation came up as Moncton Council received an update on the city’s active transportation plan during a committee of the whole meeting on Monday.

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Mayor Dawn Arnold, who is an active cyclist herself, hoped that council will consider hiring an active transportation coordinator.

“To do a lot more education, training and advocacy to ensure that people are safe on our streets.”

Arnold told staff that better signage is needed on the city’s trail system and she cites the area where last week’s fatality happened.

“In that particular spot at Connaught (Avenue), you get to the end of the trail and unless you are from here, you have no idea what to do as far as a safe way to get downtown.”

If city council gives its stamp of approval during budget deliberations next month, an active transportation coordinator would be hired early next year.

The salary for the full-time position is $94,000 and the individual would need an engineering background along with experience in safety education and communications.

Meantime, staff are also proposing that council invest $1 million in active transportation in the 2023 capital budget which will also be part of November’s deliberations.


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