Bikes are just fine on sidewalks

They ride on sidewalks, they ride on the streets; they think they are pedestrians. They think they have more rights than vehicles or pedestrians.

They ride on sidewalks, they ride on the streets; they think they are pedestrians. They think they have more rights than vehicles or pedestrians.

I have never seen a more unruly bunch than the bicyclists in this city.

Why? Because city administration and council enables them.

Write city administration to complain about bicycles on the sidewalk, hogging their way and running into people and you get told that bicycles are not a vehicle class so they are welcome on our city’s sidewalks.

Bicycles are in close relation to motorcycles. One needs a special licence to ride a motorcycle on our city streets or the highway. Above all, when a person is riding a motorcycle, one has to be fully aware at all times of traffic around you, and never make a move in traffic with out signaling and doing shoulder checks.

If motorcyclists rode them like bicyclists do in this city, they would be a greasy spot pretty quick.

I have written about this problem before and what would be a reasonable solution: Every bicyclist should be required to take a safety course in how to ride a bicycle safely. There needs to be a bylaw passed at council that every cyclist needs this course to ride in the city, and the bylaw to extend to the schools also.

Lets get some sensibility into what is now a mess this city has created.

Carmen Wallace

Red Deer

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