Thursday, June 18, 2009

How hard was that?

At some point yesterday, someone painted a long stripe of white paint on Princess Street from Logan Ave. to McDermot Ave. or thereabouts. It is a bicycle lane, painted on a downtown street that has plenty of room for bicycle lanes. Bike lanes are not going to be the things that turn this city around, and might not prevent errant cab drivers from sharply cutting me off on my morning commutes down Princess, but it will say something: that the City gave some thought to the people who ride bikes.

Remind me again, how bike lanes were created in Winnipeg during the tenure of Mr. Visionary Talker again?

11 Comments:

Blogger G / Mr. Brown said...

I was heading down Assiniboine this morning on my way to work - a nice, quiet street to get from the Legislature end of downtown to Main Street. I was cruising along, slowing down at the three-way stops, but not stopping and setting my foot down and lo-and-behold, the Police had a little sting set up to catch cyclists not doing textbook stops at the three-ways!

They were tied up ticketing another cyclist, so I didn't get caught...Happy Bike-to-Work-Day - I hope that other cyclist learned her lesson!

1:37 AM  
Blogger Backspace said...

Oh, you suggest that bike infrastructure is something Katz started off into rather than just went along with? There was barely any cycling advocacy here before the recent past.

2:31 AM  
Blogger Mr. Nobody said...

Chraleswood Sharrows have vanished.

Mr. Brown. I am delighted they were ticketing bikers. My hope is bikers will have to pay for licences and insurance.

( only to demonstrate how lame this whole biking issue really is )

10:22 AM  
Blogger Backspace said...

“how lame this whole biking issue is”: eh?

I see no reason to stop at stop signs when there is no other traffic, as is often the case on Assiniboine.

1:24 PM  
Blogger Mr. Nobody said...

no reason, other than its a rule that we all follow. You should be no different if you are using the roads.

4:54 PM  
Blogger Backspace said...

Stop signs are for cars. I don’t follow rules that do nothing to keep me safe.

Why not answer my question?

1:01 PM  
Blogger parteimitglied said...

Considering that stopping distance of a bicycle is a fraction of a cars, some more enlightened areas have apparently legislated that bicycles need only yield at stop signs.

I wish that were the case here.

2:21 PM  
Blogger Mr. Nobody said...

Stop signs only say STOP...they don't differentiate between cars and bikes...if you are on the road, which is what these signs govern , then you should STOP or ARRET when you see the sign.

Your question is answered, but you can be stubborn about it and pay your tickets.

4:25 PM  
Blogger lofty said...

Few car drivers come to a full stop at 4 way stop signs. They go through 4 ways at about the same speed as cyclists. Give everone, who does not fully stop a ticket.The lesson to learn is to to watch for cops and stop if you see one, car or bicycle. Not fully stopping at 4 ways when on a bike in not necessarily unsafe. When cycling you should always be fully aware of what's happening around you.

And who is the visionary talker, Glen Murray?

9:15 AM  
Blogger James Andrew Jaworski said...

@Backspace,

Assiniboine Ave. can be quite busy such as during the late evening when there are alot of cars and taxis moving slowly because there is near bumper to bumper traffic.

11:29 AM  
Blogger Backspace said...

Obviously Assiniboine sometimes has traffic, but I live on it and most times when I come to a stop sign, there’s no one else there.

11:42 AM  

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