The Door Prize That Keeps On Giving

pee-wees-big-adventure-1985-paul-reubens-pic-1Like most North American cities (as was discussed on this blog a couple of days ago), Regina has cycling infrastructure that ranges from terrible to non-existent. If you’re a casual cyclist, it’s merely annoying. But if you are someone who rides a bike on your daily commute to work, for transportation to social events, and to run errands, it’s a serious problem.

There are many in this city who clearly hold the opinion that bikes have no place in regular vehicular traffic. At least that’s the impression they give by the way they hang out their car windows and holler at those of us white knuckling it along side the half ton pickup trucks. Well guess what? We feel the exact same way. Most cyclists would much rather have their own set of infrastructure, completely separate from traffic. As it stands, we’re far more observant of car lanes than drivers are of ours. To illustrate this point, New York City cyclist Casey Neistat made this video of the sort of obstacles blindly placed in bike lanes that cyclists are just expected to negotiate their way around. While Regina isn’t exactly New York, we at least have this in common.

Critique Of Crummy U.S. Cycling Infrastructure May As Well Be About Regina

Here’s hoping all these points are being considered in the Transportation Master Plan. And that they’ve been incorporated into the Official Community Plan. Because I sure would hate to see hundreds of thousands spent on consultants to put together all these master plans and wind up with more of the same half-assardry on cycling infrastructure. Why, it would make me think we were wasting our money.

Also, note how the narrator looks at the reasons why people cycle on the sidewalk instead of just saying, “Roar!! You shouldn’t do that!!”