Grade 11 student Lucy Stobbe wants better education for motorists and cyclists to help create safer streets in Saskatoon. Cycling to school daily she is often yelled at and harassed by motorists. Article content
I am a 17-year-old Saskatoon high school student sick and tired of being threatened, hassled and yelled at regularly just for going to school. Article content
My only crime is that I have chosen an active lifestyle and bike to school year-round. The city has so few bike lanes and the patience of drivers is so poor that I am frequently yelled at and honked at and threatened by aggressive drivers. Article content
On May 24, a kindergarten teacher from the elementary school where I attended was killed simply trying to live an active lifestyle. This is crazy.
This past semester I have been a part of Outdoor School, which promotes active and green transportation. Along with the Outdoor School, the public and Catholic school divisions both have specialized Grade 8 programs encouraging students to bike to school year-round.
There is a large absence of education about cyclists on the road for both drivers and cyclists. For example, it is a city bylaw that anyone over the age of 13 cannot ride a bicycle on a sidewalk. Article content
Article content Having just obtained a driver’s licence, I can also testify to the lack of education given to new drivers about driving around cyclists. Perhaps if drivers old and new don’t feel confident driving around cyclists they […]