Comment 9191

By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted July 20, 2007 at 09:42:53

"it's a great idea but this city's a dangerous place to ride a bike"

Last week's View Magazine had an article that made the same case - it's too dangerous to ride a bike in Hamilton. Frankly, I just don't buy it.

I ride a bike on the streets every day and my experience has been that with a very few exceptions, the overwhelming majority of motorists are reasonably civil and respectful and obey the law. I feel about as safe cycling as I feel driving; I'm less protected, but I avoid fast-moving streets and I have more options to avoid a collision on a bike.

If anything, my only problem is that some motorists tend to yield their right of way to me, especially at four-way stops when they got there first. This leads to back-and-forth confusion as to who's going to go.

(I expect this is due to at least partially to motorists' experience with some cyclists blowing stop signs and otherwise ignoring the HTA. Not only are they endangering themselves, but also they're putting cyclists who follow the rules at greater risk.)

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