It’s not safe to avoid the side­walk

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION - RE: Cy­cling in Hamil­ton

I picked up a copy of the Hamil­ton Bike Routes Map. One thing stood out: No Rid­ing On Side­walks!

I chal­lenge those try­ing to do the right thing and ride in­stead of drive, to ac­tu­ally obey that by­law.

I ride a lot and al­ways fol­low the rules of the road. So far, no prob­lems. Hamil­ton driv­ers are great. Re­ally. But when traf­fic is crazy the side­walk is the lesser of two evils. Hold up traf­fic and maybe get hit. Or get to where I need to be on a side­walk al­most no one is us­ing, par­tic­u­larly on the Moun­tain.

The shoul­ders on too many of our bike routes are also a disas­ter. The cy­cling com­mit­tee can’t have it both ways. If you en­cour­age us to ride, re­pair the curb lanes and also al­low side­walk shared use. Rick Hunter-Wolff, cam­bridge

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