Pedes­tri­ans cre­ate risks for rid­ers

Windsor Star - - OPINION - Andrew McLean, Wind­sor

Cy­cling is one of my favourite ways to get ex­er­cise, and my bi­cy­cle is my main means of trans­porta­tion. But more of­ten than not, rid­ing through this city is a nightmare. For ex­am­ple, car doors are con­stantly be­ing blindly swung open into the bike lanes on Wyan­dotte Street, and in­stead of an apol­ogy all you get is dirty looks. On top of that, you have pedes­tri­ans hastily jay­walk­ing with­out tak­ing the slight­est look be­fore step­ping onto the road. Also, the River­front Trail, which ac­cord­ing to www. vis­itwind­sores­sex.com is “two paths: one for cy­clists/ rollerbladers and a river­front prom­e­nade for strollers and walk­ers,” is ter­ri­bly clogged by er­rat­i­cally walk­ing pedes­tri­ans, who seem to have no idea that they are on the wrong path, de­spite the nu­mer­ous posted and painted signs.

I don’t know what I can do at this point be­sides stick an air horn on my bi­cy­cle and just lay into it.

This mass ig­no­rance will only lead to more in­jured cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans. What can we do to educate our res­i­dents on safe and proper road us­age?

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