The changing face of Montreal regarding bicycles, cars and pedestrians.
I have been walking to work or taking the bus and generally I have no issues over bicyclists in general except for the fact that they should be off the sidewalks as was stated in the media years ago. I remember in fact that one could walk on a sidewalk without the upset of having a roller-skater or bicyclists whiz around the bend. Today their bike routes are increasing which will be great as far as the bike industry is concerned. That will encourage more pedaling along those routes and more maintenance of bikes. Here is my take on the advent
- Bicyclists should abide by traffic rules just as motorists do when they reach an intersection and that means they should have their bikes impounded or should be fined if they ignore stop signs and continue to pedal by an intersection where a pedestrian is crossing the road.
- Concrete barriers are not the thing to put especially in countries where the winter snow causes a reduction in the width of a road and traffic becomes even more congested.
- Bicycles were not made to travel during winter storms. I do not know what good winter tires have for bicycles. There might be a better grip but i doubt that driving is a safe thing to do when there is snow and ice.
- There should be a code of ethics that bicyclists should respect just as there is a driving code which motorist abide by. Special reference is being made to those who thing they are above the law because they are riding bicyclists and are thus polluting the atmosphere.
- Kids and adults should have to obtain license plates just as those issued in the sixties in order to be able to drive a bicycle.A small test should be conducted to make sure the person is able to drive a bicycle properly and safely.