Comment 114796

By KevinLove (registered) | Posted November 11, 2015 at 12:55:34

Cannon east of Sherman was part of my usual daily commute route to work. Note the use of the past tense. Now I only ride on Cannon until the protected bike lane ends at Sherman.

The City of Hamilton has created “Dangerous by Design” infrastructure in which the most dangerous place on the entire road to ride a bicycle is in the bike lane. I absolutely refuse to ride in a door zone, and strongly recommend that nobody else does either.

Now I ride on Barton Street for this part of my commute. Yes, that makes me part of the 1% willing to ride without cycle infrastructure. So this is a “solution” that does not work for 99% of the population. Although objectively safer than riding in a door zone, there needs to be a high level of subjective safety before ordinary people will start cycling.

Verdict: Infrastructure fail. Failure to comply with the CROW Design Manual for Bicycle Traffic. has created a dangerous situation.

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