Comment 85689

By Ferrs (anonymous) | Posted January 30, 2013 at 22:53:59 in reply to Comment 85518

I've been biking in Hamilton for 12 years now, and the only time I got hit was by another cyclist, speeding through a stop sign. (Not an "Idaho stop", but blazing on through.)

I hate to say it but over the years I've learned to keep an eye on cars and stay out of their way as much as possible, but as a cyclist, other cyclists often scare the crap out of me. Not all of them of course, but the aggressive ones that force cars to do unpredictable things. A car's path and momentum can be predicted easily, but a bike not so much. No car is going to hop on the sidewalk, run a red light, completely ignore a stop sign, drive on the wrong side of the road, or generally ignore major traffic rules.

We do need infrastructure changes, and yeah, some streets are designed poorly for walkability, but it's not SimCity, the whole city wasn't planned in one phase with a particular vision in mind, and no one's going to be able to raise enough money to change every bad road in the city. For now we should just make sure that enforcement is happening, and that cyclists always assume that every car is a potential bad drive who doesn't see you. It's way safer that way.

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