Sunday, May 13, 2012

Urban scenery neighbourhood ride

scenic scenery can often be found through alley explorations

the parc avenue construction mess continues...

we have been informed that sidewalk riders are not a-holes, so we'll downgrade our assessment of them to "inconsiderate jerks."
"inconsiderate jerk" treats the sidewalk like her own personal highway

Seriously... Please walk your bike.


artifact of the vernacular Montreal streetcar

Roosters invade the new world

Another example of the famous Bad Bike Rack design - a design that dates from the 1800s.


At 10:48 AM, Anonymous Debbie R said...

Confiscate the bikes of sidewalk riders.

At 10:49 AM, Blogger moni said...

guess this bike on sidewalks thing isn't going to die. Far worse offenses out there.

At 4:19 PM, Blogger Cycle Fun Montreal said...

I wonder why you do not respect the pedestrian's right to safety when they are on the sidewalk - by definition a safe place where no vehicles are traveling? A place whose name defines it: side-WALK.

Montreal has a dangerous driver/cyclist/pedestrian problem, and if you aren't part of the solution, then you're part of the problem.

I'd love to hear what are the far worse offenses out there are, and how you rank them. (seriously, I would)

Live long: ride safely!

At 2:45 PM, Blogger moni said...

Of course I do respect a pedestrian's right to safety. Jumping up on an empty sidewalk for a few meters is no crime in my book.

You're right - Montreal had big driver/cyclist/pedestrian problems - and it seems like the city is trying to address some of those issues. I imagine some of this perceived bad behavior on the part of cyclists has to do with the current mishmash of infrastructure clashing with horrible driving manners on the part of motorists.

Calling people a-holes only makes them defensive and probably isn't the best way to go about enacting change.

Check out this video and notice the seamless blending of street and path.

At 4:07 PM, Blogger Cycle Fun Montreal said...

please be reminded that Cycle Fun Montreal has downgraded the offensiveness rating of bicycle riders who ride their bikes on the sidewalk to inconsiderate jerk (it used to be a much worse word, and that word we hereby banish from the Cycle Fun Montreal blog)

We know that some readers think that bicycle riders who ride their bikes on the sidewalk should be celebrated as experts of human mobility whose need for speed must come before the average person walking on the sidewalk's right to that most fundamental of human rights: security of the the person.

Understanding the difference between right and wrong is not really that difficult. Walking your bike on the sidewalk? It is the right thing to do, and is a friendly thing that makes our human interactions in the stressful city less stress causing.

Riding your bike on the sidewalk: wrong thing to do. Why? Because it scares people, Why are you trying to scare people? Should people on foot be afraid of the sidewalk because it is full of cyclists with no regard for anyone other than themselves? Clearly no. And we know that inside, you're not a bad person. So please ride your bike in a nice way, and realize that walking your bike is one good way that you can be nice to other people. And that is a great way to make yourself feel good inside.


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