The online poll at thespec.com for Monday, September 21 asks, "Who is most to blame for road conflicts between cars and bikes?"
Notably absent from the list of selections that follows is the real cause of such conflicts: the absence of a comprehensive cycling network where cyclists can safely ride on the street without getting in the way of motorists.
Cities that build bike networks do not suffer from sensationalistic "road conflicts". Instead, they enjoy the benefits of increasing ridership, falling bicycle casualties, improving air quality, and more transportation choice with a balanced road network.
Instead of shining a light on the underlying issue here in Hamilton, the Spectator's online poll - like recent op-eds with similar themes - merely fans the flames of shallow sensationalism. Hamilton deserves better from its daily newspaper than FOX News-style fear mongering.
Transforming the growing public demand for safe cycling infrastructure into some kind of 'war on drivers' might sell newspapers, but at the cost of a grave disservice to those citizens who are trying to make better economic, environmental and health choices by riding a bicycle.
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