Gazette bike blog On Two Wheels is against cycling safety?
Do you think riding on the sidewalk is OK?
Do you think that riding down st-laurent the wrong way is OK?
Well, the Gazette cycling blog seems to think so.
The author's attitude seems to be that safety is unimportant, that any rule is made to be broken, that people walking on the sidewalk should not expect to be safe from being run down by bicycle riding outlaws, even that dangerous cycling behaviour should not be ticketed by police.
We support fully all actions that make cycling safer, that instills greater civisme in bicycle riders, and we think that the dirty looks we get from everyone else on the road (cars, pedestrians, coworkers, etc) is the result of attitudes like this author.
The Gazette should be ashamed that their blog is being written by someone whose concept of responsibility is that not having any is ok. The author even admits to having not much of a clue about the rules that cyclists are obliged to legally obey.
Here's a few clues:
- stop at red lights
- stop at stop signs
- stop and yield then there is someone with the right of way in the intersection
- don't ride on sidewalks.
- Ride with lights at night
- don't wear ipod while riding
- no texting while riding
- Don't ride the wrong way on one-way streets
- follow the marked traffic-directions and lanes on bike paths
- And don't write a bike blog for a major newspaper if you're an outlaw cyclist