Comment 76148

By Ian Cooper (anonymous) | Posted April 23, 2012 at 14:07:43

Why are you against traveling on a 4-lane one-way street? It seems an arbitrary restriction. Or does Canada not allow cyclists to travel in the left hand lane of a one-way street (as is allowed in the US)?

I suggest you stop searching for supposed 'bike routes'. They are usually designed and built by folks who don't ride bikes, so they can be more dangerous than an unmarked road. Instead, look for roads with the following considerations in this order:

1. Preferably the shortest lawful route.
2. Must have signalized intersections for any left turns.
3. Preferably plenty of room to negotiate between lanes when approaching left turns.
4. Preferably low traffic or plenty of traffic lights on approaches to left turns.

And ride in the road as if you own it. Riding in the gutter (if you do that - many do) will cause you more problems than it solves. Don't be afraid to change lanes. Do what motorists do - stop in the middle of your lane if no one to your left is letting you in, signal and wait for someone to stop and let you in. Cars behind you may honk, but they will stop.

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