Sustainable transportation advocacy in Hamilton ON, since 2000
On the Right Track from Mayor Sam Adams on Vimeo.
Two problems:1. Streets would have to be widened in order to put in these bike lanes.York had bicycle lanes put in, but they're cluttered with debris and potholes, and they're less than a year old.Communities aren't willing to lose an entire lane, and the province is requiring Hamilton to widen their sidewalks. So where would we find space for these lanes?2. I refuse to cycle in the same lane as parked cars, as the second example shows. Too many people open car doors only caring about motor vehicles.I like the added reaction time by cycling in the next lane over. This allows me the space to maneuver out of the way, without having to veer into another lane. (Manhole covers and potholes also should be avoided, and a full vehicle lane gives me plenty of options, rather than a narrow bicycle lane.)To make cities safer for cyclists, use parallel side roads as cycle friendly routes and build cycle friendly pedestrian/transit bridges over geological obstructions, such as rivers and valleys.Not only would these be safer, but also offer a more interesting, colourful, quieter, peaceful ride which will encourage cyclists.
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