Give Burling­ton bike lanes a chance

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION -

RE: Get ready for 2018 mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion changes (July 6)

In re­sponse to Joan Lit­tle’s com­ments about the bike lanes “pi­lot project”.

Burling­ton is “not a bike com­muter city” and mo­torists are an­gry over hav­ing “lost a driv­ing lane to ac­com­mo­date so few cy­clists.”

Burling­ton is rel­a­tively flat which would be con­ducive to mak­ing it an ideal com­muter city. Cy­clists want to feel safe and sep­a­rated from traf­fic. Un­til that hap­pens peo­ple will con­tinue to see driv­ing as the only safe al­ter­na­tive.

More cy­clists are good for the en­vi­ron­ment and the health of the cy­clist and cy­cling lanes need far less main­te­nance (resur­fac­ing etc). Am­s­ter­dam was once a car fo­cused city and is now the op­po­site. This is the be­gin­ning. Give it a chance to suc­ceed. Bob Ber­b­er­ick, Hamil­ton

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