Fraser Valley Dave
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Fraser Valley British Columbia Canada
Bikes: devinci monaco (upgraded)
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I've mentioned before that I cycle and drive a large, heavy commercial truck within the city. Most news comments are directed toward car and truck drivers having little respect for cyclists. A lot of the cyclists I see everyday try to "share the road" and flow with the traffic, as do the majority of bus and truck drivers. Unfortunately, there are those cyclists that arrogantly refuse to "share", run through red lights and stop signs, or generally ignore most rules of the road. These riders do serious harm to the cyclist's image and challenge to gain more safe accessibility throughout the city. Polled citizens that have bikes but don't normally ride within the city streets, say it is too dangerous. I would suggest that these people would enjoy the experience a lot more were they to ride the numerous bike paths and routes, or use lightly travelled side streets, only using the busy, congested, main streets when necessary. Too often I see cyclists riding in dark clothing, without helmets, reflectors, vests, or anything to advertise their presence, or pulling all manner of loaded trailers on these high volume streets when they could just as easily use an adjacent side street. Respect, tolerance, and consideration is a two-way street, and must be earned.