Comment 71197

By -Hammer- (registered) | Posted November 10, 2011 at 09:25:41

I hate to sound negative, but what's the point? Lets be honest here, how many successful traffic ticket convictions of cyclists have occurred in Hamilton for the past year? Very few that I am aware of, so easing the code and putting up signage seems like a waste of money to me.

Second, assuming this change did happen, I can't honestly believe that any cyclist who is inclined towards running through a stop sign now is going to be any more inclined to yield. I'm not going to say that every cyclist runs stops or rides against the flow of traffic, but the overwhelming majority of the cases I've encountered as a driver do not seem to abide by the rules of the road.

Third, why is it that it's fine to restrict car traffic, but it's not ok to regulate bike traffic to the same degree in the interests of combined safety? Bike lanes are great, not only because they restrict cars from crossing into them, but because they also restrict bikes from getting into car lanes where both parties are more likely to have an accident. I agree, slowing down car traffic makes sense, but not slowing down/restricting cyclists, who don't have rear view mirrors, have to deal with many more physical distractions then a driver and don't have to go through any training or licensing is double standard in my eyes. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

Comment edited by -Hammer- on 2011-11-10 09:39:49

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