Comment 78468

By Serendipity (registered) | Posted June 13, 2012 at 14:44:01 in reply to Comment 78461

Moylek, I agree with you for I have stopped the car too many times to yell at sidewalk cyclists who jut out on to the road and I have barely enough time to hit the brakes.

However, I also know why people ride the sidewalks - the streets are just too damn dangerous for too many. Of course, a traffic engineer might claim, the recognition and interpretation of streets as unsafe to cycle is merely "the perception of danger" by us mere mortals. Traffic engineers would love us all to simply move on by swallowing their poisoned "perception" pill but we know what a safe road is (to cycle, walk and drive) and we simply do not have them in the City.

I love riding my bike but last year I had three near accidents with careless drivers ( speeder, cell phone user, simply oblivious while listening to loud music) and the last one really spooked me. One couldn't pay me enough to ride on Cannon, Main or King. Have I cycled on a sidewalk? Hell yes, because my perception of danger is borne of experience and very real indeed.

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