Do Saskatoon cyclists need more space in COVID-19? Some municipal councilors intervene – Saskatoon


Saskatoon cyclists are calling on the city to open up more space for people and bikes, saying there isn’t enough room on the city’s sidewalks for walking or riding while social distancing occurs in middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cathy Watts still rides her bike outside while staying at least six feet from someone else, but said she didn’t notice that everyone was doing this.

“I am really concerned for the safety of people who want to lie down and exercise,” said Watts, President of Saskatoon Cycles.

“They really need to do this for their physical and mental health, and when they get out, we will be in conflict again. “

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Saskatoon Cycles issued an open letter calling on the city to free up space for people going out. For example: opening part of certain roads to pedestrians only.

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“We are asking the City of Saskatoon to adjust as many streets and roads as possible to accommodate more pedestrians and cyclists and allow them to maintain a safe physical distance,” said the letter.

Unlike Watts, Coun. Cynthia Block said she saw more people making the effort to walk away in public.

” [Pedestrians] move on the roads instead of staying on the sidewalk; it is encouraging to see everyone trying to do the right thing, “she said.

“It doesn’t seem to be feasible in all situations at the moment. “

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The city has already taken a number of measures to encourage social distancing from the public, Block says, including closing city-owned play structures and dog parks, and closing or restricting access to pedestrian bridges.

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You can read a full list of city services, including what’s open and closed, here.

Darren Hill, another city councilor, said he was not interested in creating new rules “for a problem that does not exist”.

“I don’t want to create gathering places,” he said.

“If we suggest that everyone go and use the Spadina croissant [for example], which we now say is the only corner for pedestrians and cyclists and that we are concentrating them in one place. “

Block echoed this concern, although she said she was eager to discuss the matter further with cyclists and fellow counselors. She said safety must be the priority.

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Saskatoon Cycles has stated that it wants to act sooner rather than later.

“We have been blessed by this really cold weather because people are not that much, but boy oh boy once spring comes … people will just explode from their homes when the weather is nice,” Watts warmed.

As of Monday morning, the letter contained over 150 signatures from concerned citizens of Saskatoon.

Questions about COVID-19? Here are some things you should know:

Health authorities warn against all international travel. Returning travelers are legally required to self-isolate for 14 days, beginning on March 26, in case they develop symptoms and prevent the spread of the virus to others. Some provinces and territories have also implemented additional recommendations or enforcement measures to provide self-isolation for people returning to the region.

Symptoms may include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing – very similar to a cold or the flu. Some people may develop a more serious illness. Those most at risk are the elderly and people with serious chronic conditions such as heart, lung or kidney disease. If you develop symptoms, contact public health authorities.

To prevent the virus from spreading, experts recommend washing your hands frequently and coughing up your sleeve. They also recommend minimizing contact with others as much as possible and maintaining a distance of two meters with other people if you go out.

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