For the sheer joy if it, my transportation preference is to ride my bike whenever and wherever I can. But when I need to drive, I am glad there are quick and easy roadways to anywhere I need to go.
As a driver, I am aware how much extra caution is required on streets where cyclists ride, some of whom ride unpredictably. Similarly, on my bike, extra caution is imperative on busier streets, as some drivers are inattentive. It can be scary for both.
It seems to me that both drivers and cyclists benefit from great cycling infrastructure. A system of clearly distinguished, well-connected, thoughtfully routed, intersection-friendly bike lanes and separated bike paths creates necessary order in our transportation system. Everyone is happier.
An added benefit to drivers, over time, is less congestion on the roadways. Riding a bike as a life-enhancing alternative form of transportation continues to gain momentum across Canada. Safer, easier cycling infrastructure encourages many more people of all abilities to ride bikes instead of driving.
More people biking means fewer people driving and increasingly more room on the roads for those who need to drive.
In their current Cycling Master Plan deliberations, I urge City of Victoria councillors to implement as much as they can as soon as they can, to encourage as many people as possible to ride their bikes as much as possible. Maybe then we can all breathe a little easier.