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May 15, 2012

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Barry Davis

I, too, remain optimistic about cycling, and am also an A2B cyclist, subcategory A2B(4) since I commute all year.

The idea of sharing the road is too complicated for simple pronouncements. In Ottawa, where I live, the bikepaths are "multi-use recreational pathways" -- and for the ones in the central core that means anyone looking for speed should go somewhere else on weekends to avoid the herds of strollers, joggers, skaters, scooters and pedestrians. Sharing the path is a delicate exercise.

In Europe, cyclists are likely to share the sidewalk with segregated lanes raised up off the road. There are still conflicts and collisions, I suppose, but fewer fatalities than when cyclists argue with cars.

I think we have to build the network one block at a time. Thanks!

motorist/cyclist

No wonder people do not want to ride on the streets. How do we remove drivers like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lhFVrF1_jxM

dmatos

@Barry,

I think there's two options for building a robust, safe cycling network:

1. One block at a time, with physical infrastructure.
2. One mind at a time, with educated motorists and cyclists who understand that the road can be shared safely as long as everyone plays nicely.

Truth be told, as another A2B(4) cyclist, I don't think either is likely to happen. However, while I cannot do much to support #1, I can work on #2 with no help from anybody else. And I do so.

Lori

I can't believe how wrong JeffO is about the desire for A2B cycling in KW. Although I still predominately drive to work, I cycle when my evening schedule is clear, and anticipate doing more once my kids are a little more self sufficient (and the Spur Line is built).

However, my car sits idle all weekend, as our family has made it the norm to bike for errands, shopping, visiting and just for fun.

I think I represent the person that Jeff has in mind - 40 something mom with kids, with an office job. But I self identify as a cyclist too.

Rob (Mk.2)

I was riding A2B on a bike long before local politicians decided it was cool. Our elected officials are, in fact, behind the curve on this and are a long ways from trying to ram cycling down the throats of a velophobic electorate (as Jeff would have us think).

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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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