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November 15, 2011


Michael D

Being able to get to the front of a queue at a light is a big reason for cycling being faster than driving in a dense city with lots of traffic. There just isn't enough space for all the cars to keep moving, but that isn't an issue with bikes.

During peaks, I can get down King Street in downtown Kitchener with fewer red lights on a bike than in a car. (The mountable curb is a secret bike lane.) There just isn't enough space for all those cars to move through before the light turns red again.

Derek Madge

I agree with Michael D that a big advantage to cycling is being able to come up the side of traffic to a light. I find that I generally reach a red light about the time it goes green so my commute often takes a similar time to that as if I were in a car.

However,if the space is slim, there are potholes or debris (yay, Springtime!) or there are only a few cars ahead of m,e I will tuck in behind the right, rear corner of the last car, as if I were another car. And in general, I'd recommend that approach though its tempting to zoom past 30 cars at rush hour.Bike lanes solve the problem.

I have had trouble finding what the law says about this situation though!

Finally, on the "animus" issue, there certainly is enough to go around but I've found that it's usually avoided by wearing a very noticeable, reflective "slow moving vehicle" triangle on my backpack, using lights, and signalling WELL ahead of my lane change while catching a driver's eye. That last thing is the most important.

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Bill Bean

  • North America is eventually going to figure out that, for all the right reasons, we need more bicycles on our roads. Dust off your bicycle and go cycling. And if the gas-burning dinosaurs start to crowd you, it's your road and you paid for it. Take the lane for yourself.

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