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The District of Saanich recorded 39,000 cyclists at the Borden Street crossing in July. (@saanich/Twitter)

Saanich cyclists proved last month that if you build it, they will come, as 39,000 riders passed through the bike crossing at Borden Street in July.

That marks the highest number of crossings to date, and is 5,000 more than the number of crossings in July 2017.

The two-way track, installed last summer, provides a connection for bikes between McKenzie Avenue at Borden Street and Lochside Drive at Cedar Hill Cross Road.

Crossings are recorded by an electronic in-ground counter manufactured by Eco-Counter. The same technology is used to count trips on the Galloping Goose Trail near Harbour Road.

In June, Saanich adopted its first-ever active transportation plan, setting a course for the district to improve its pedestrian, cycling, and trail networks over the next 30 years.

One of its goals was to increase the amount of trips made by active transportation.

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