Bike Lanes in HRM?

The Coast HRM council twitter is reporting that city hall just voted for paving, but against bike lane extensions.  Aparently 13 councillors all feel bike lanes are un-needed.

Anyone who follows me on Facebook or Twitter knows I just spent two weeks in Tuscany with my family, and being the nerd I am, I kept taking pictures of infrastructure. A photo essay will come later, with bus tickets, closed streets, etc, but tonight I want to show how the world class capital of the Tuscany region, Florence, a city of 400,000 people, a UNESCO world heritage site, does bike lanes:

Two Way Bike Lane in Florence, Tuscany, IT

Two Way Bike Lane in Florence, Tuscany, IT

Note that it was more important to this world class city to have two way dedicated, isolated bike lanes than to have two way traffic for cars.

HRM needs to get a clue.