Comment 33806

By trevorlikesbikes (registered) - website | Posted September 17, 2009 at 13:10:24

As an avid cyclist, and one who has rode up the Jolley cut countless times, I would have to disagree with your plan to add a bike lane. It is my firm belief that while bike lanes at the the expense of motor vehicle congestion will bring no good to our city.

Yes, I have been to the Netherlands and witnessed full well how efficiently the separated lanes work there and was truly awed by the country's cycling infrastructure, however, don't believe that model will work here.

The escarpment offers many challenges to accessability. If there is a access that can truly stand to lose a lane it would be claremont.

Sadly, I don't believe that Hamilton's take on bike lanes provides any value. They start and stop entirely at random. They stop 100m before every major intersection and start up again after, taking the onus off the drivers and gives free passage to turn us cyclists into roadkill or speed bumps if we survive. Further to this the bikelanes are full of manhole covers, broken asphalt, sticks, glass and other garbage that is not condusive to getting home with air in the tires.

No need for bike lanes, we all just need to get over our me first mentality and share like they taught us in kindergarten.


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