You Can’t Win!

See this news item http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/story/2012/08/08/mb-cyclist-riding-sidewalk-fine.html

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He started out riding trails on his CT 26" mountain bike eventually moving to a real mountain bike and added road riding to his menu over the last few years. He would like to scale the barricades put before him at times, but hasn't always succeeded!

5 thoughts on “You Can’t Win!

  1. Yeah…saw that last night too. I know it’s illegal to ride on the sidewalk, I do…but I wish they would think of the “spirit” of the law which is keep pedestrians safe, not the “letter” of the law. If you ride like a reasonable person and let people know you’re coming and don’t bomb past them, are we truly more dangerous than a rollerblader for instance? And then, I have to dodge pedestrians walking on the street when there’s a perfectly good sidewalk for them to use!!! (I’ve been cycle commuting for the past two weeks between Fort Garry campus of U of M and the Bannatyne campus at HSC.) Go ahead and ticket the person bombing along acting like an idiot. But leave the rest of us alone when we want to use a little piece of the side walk to get between the disjointed cycle path system in Wpg!

  2. We get no respect! Damned if you do, dead if you don’t. That’s why I choose to ride at BHP so often – at least you’re relatively safe there, except for the odd barricade that jumps up out of the asphalt at you when you least expect it 🙂
    I’ve done a few urban rides this summer and we’ve ridden the sidewalks a number of times to stay out of the worst traffic and will continue to do so. (What a rebel!)

  3. I think that Winnipeg is actually doing pretty well. This week we looked at a house near Bruce Park by the north entrance to Assinibone Park. After checking out all the bicycle paths (assiniboine parkway, harte trail, bishop grandin parkway) I realized I could actually cycle all the way from the house to the MCC offices at Bishop Grandin and Pembina and ride bicycle path about 95% of the time. In total about a 40 – 45 minute commute along paved cycle path – that option was certainly non-existent when I last lived in Wpg.

  4. I agree that Winnipeg has made huge strides in creating bike routes, Ron. The problem that I’ve found is that so many of the paths are not connected and so you end up having to ride often on busy streets to get to your destination. You’re probably already familiar with this map, but I’ll post it anyway in case someone else might find it useful (http://www.winnipegtrails.ca/trails-maps/). I’ve found this map quite helpful in planning my rides in Winnipeg.

  5. Absolutely agree Winnipeg has made great strides in this regard, no doubt. The trails I ride are great and even the addition of bike lanes on the streets are a welcome addition. But Neil’s right, it’s still a bit disjointed and that’s what makes that ticket issue so frustrating…leave well enough alone if people are generally being responsible about it.
    That said, I’ll continue to enjoy my commutes not in traffic… mostly. 😉

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