Comment 31834

By mikeonthemountain (registered) | Posted June 17, 2009 at 14:21:20

Oh yeah one more thing ...

"I'm not detecting a huge clamouring for more commuter lanes." Flamborough's Margaret McCarthy is skeptical additional bike lanes would be well used given the escarpment, weather, transit improvements and heavy traffic.

Nine out of ten bikes ride on the sidewalk against the law. It is not enforced because it cannot be under present infrastructure. They ride on the sidewalk because the road is terrifying if you are not a type A personality or something like that.

  1. Escarpment : watch a bike go up the jolley cut and tell me if a bike lane is needed for drivers as much as the cyclist.

  2. Weather : there was only one day I did not bike this winter.

  3. Transit improvements : if you want to bike you are going to bike. Nice to have a bus when you need it and most people do need it. But transit is not going to 'force' cyclists to take the bus ... if you want to bike then that is what you are doing.

  4. Heavy traffic : this is EXACTLY why a bike lane is needed. Plains Road backed up in a traffic jam and I moved from the right lane to the sidewalk for two blocks. Passed all the traffic. I NEVER ride on the sidewalk except in awkward spots like that. When there is a bike lane you can keep moving, even in a traffic jam.

Very stupid arguments, either misinformed or deliberately undermining.

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