The best way to han­dle bike-lane block­ers


Let­ter-writer Casey Ir­win sug­gests that the best way for cy­clists to han­dle cars parked in bike lanes is just to go around them (NOW, Au­gust 31-Septem­ber 6). Sud­denly veer­ing into a hot traf­fic lane and hav­ing to share the space with an 18-wheeler might be a tri­fle un­com­fort­able but that’s life.

An­other tack might be to en­gage and ask the driver – if there is one in sight – to maybe park some­where else. That will be a dead end, of course, and is likely to get you an ear­ful.

How­ever, driv­ers are of­ten idling in the lane as they wait, so if you can get them to switch off, that’s at least one out of two. Look for the sil­ver lin­ing, I say. Ge­off Rytell Toronto

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