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COLUMN: Together again – on our roads

COLUMN: Together again – on our roads

An intrepid cyclist rolls up to a business along First Avenue in Williams Lake, with some snow still on the hills in the background. (Ruth…

Saturday, Mar 26

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An intrepid cyclist rolls up to a business along First Avenue in Williams Lake, with some snow still on the hills in the background. (Ruth Lloyd photo – Williams Lake Tribune) We are emerging from the darkness of winter and provincial health guidelines are easing up. We can finally stretch our limbs and our social circles once again.

It is time to spend more hours outside and some of us will be pulling the bikes out of storage, checking tires and lubricating chains to enjoy the freedom of two-wheeled travel.

After a very divisive couple of years, it might be time to remember why we can all benefit from sharing our roads as other road users come out of hiding.

Some were out year-round, wheelchairs pushing through snowy sidewalks, and cyclists struggling in snow banks were winter scenes I witnessed. But few cyclists want to share roads in those conditions and when I rode a bike in Calgary winters, I took pathways and side streets with low traffic.

While some drivers might see a bike and become frustrated, try and take a breath and remember the person on the bike is also benefiting you in many ways.

More bikes on the road translates into less traffic.

Sure, you might have to lift your foot for a few seconds, maybe even tap a brake to slow down and be able to pass safely giving the cyclist room – but those few seconds also mean you have less traffic to contend with in general and less competition […]

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