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by Mark Zalewski
April 28, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Küng wins weather-shortened, brutal Romandie stage; Olympic champion Anna van der Breggen reigns in new team colours; Froome questions Trek-Segafredo tactics at Romandie; New Energy Tour cancelled; Fourth round of UCI Nations Cup cancelled; Dwars door het Hageland adds cobbles, dirt to 2017 edition; Women’s teams for Colorado Classic; Eulogy for Steve Tilford; Cyclist says new Trans Canada route too dangerous; Man attacks mountain bikers with pole, chases them with chainsaw; Local Irish council installs signage marking Strava segments; Video: 2017 UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships teaser; Video: What did you call me?; Video: Cyclists come to the rescue.
The Trans Canada Trail, a project begun in 1992 as a response to a fatal accident along the Trans Canada Highway near Calgary in 1985, is nearing completion. However, Edmund Aunger, a cyclist and Professor Emeritus in Political Science at the University of Alberta, said in an interview with the CBC that the route marketed as ‘The Great Trail’ is still too dangerous and would be irresponsible to be called a trail.
“Don’t. Don’t come. It’s too dangerous,” Aunger said. “Unless you want to ride down roads and highways, please don’t come.
“[The trail] is 8,500 kilometres of roads and highways, it is 5,000 kilometres of ATV trails, it is 7,000 kilometres of waterways including Lake Superior. Of course you can’t walk and ride your bicycle in it, and people who walk or cycle through that area still have to go on the Trans Canada Highway. This, compared to the dream and the promises that were made, this is absolutely horrible.”
Aunger’s wife was killed in 2012 during a cycling trip along the Trans Canada Trail.
“We had taken the train from Moncton to Sackville because the Trans Canada Trail was on a two-lane road. We got to Prince Edward Island which was supposed to be the safest place in Canada to cycle. We did 2.9 kilometres on a highway, and she was struck by a drunk driver and killed. Had my wife known she was going to have to ride on a two-lane highway she would have refused to do that trip.”
Click through to read more at the CBC.