Cycling seems to be everywhere the last week of so … politics in particular.
We have a new liberal premier, Kathleen Wynne, who happened to have lived in the Netherlands for a few years and apparently used a bicycle for daily transportation (like everyone else in that country). I’m curious if we’ll hear more on that story, and if her experience will impact her government’s actions on active transportation.
Before I go on, just a reminder to submit your feedback on Ontario’s Cycling Strategy. It’s a mess but the more they hear from us cyclists the better chance the government will listen.
I came across an interesting article in the Record on the activities of Kitchener’s Cycling Advisory Committee. Talks about how dangerous King Street is downtown Kitchener now that they’ve narrowed the lanes and the need for cycling sharrows to encourage cyclists to take the lane and for motorists to aware that it’s a shared roadway. I like it. I remember riding down King street and taking the lane right in front of a police cruiser and wondering if I was going to get a lecture (I think it was a critical mass ride). Motorists need all the reminders they can get, check out this video encounter (language warning).
The Kitchener post had an interesting article talking about how it’s a priority to fix the disaster that is the Iron Horse Trail railway crossing near Victoria park. It’s interesting that it was the cities idea to put the deadly barricades in front of the crossing to make it safer for cyclists. I shake my head with anger every time I bike through that death trap. Interesting how in the winter the barricades are opened to allow the snowplow through. Can’t wait to see what they come up with. I hope to God someone designs the crossing who actually rides a bicycle.