More Cycling Woes

As you may have read on our Facebook page, our designer Paul got clipped by a car yesterday on Assiniboia Ave. Head over to the Leader-Post’s website for photos of Paul’s poor, slightly bashed bike. Paul’s okay, by the way. But he took a pretty good flight over the top of the car (not truck, as reported in the article), which swerved into his bike lane sans signal and cut him off.

Today, I was out for a bike ride myself. I headed south from downtown and ended up going through the university. On my way back downtown, with a healthy breeze at my back, I took the Wascana Parkway. The bike lane, though, was covered by about a 1/2 inch of sand and gravel from winter road maintenance and I was pretty much forced to the far left of the lane which brought me in pretty close contact with traffic whizzing by on the Parkway.

And while I’m on the subject of the Parkway, when you’re heading out to the university, it’s really nice that the bike lane’s there. But as you approach the university, you face the challenge of crossing two lanes traffic moving at maybe 80 k.p.h. to access the turn lane into the university. If I could turn my head 180 degrees like an owl, I could probably manage okay, but I can’t, so I’m reduced to sneaking peaks over my shoulder and trying to gauge when there’s a gap in traffic big enough to make it across.

Fun times.

Author: Gregory Beatty

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2 thoughts on “More Cycling Woes”

  1. After I posted this last night, I decided to go for a walk in the downtown area, it being such a nice night and all. Walking south on Albert St I stopped for a red light on the west side of the street at 13th Ave. I was joined by two police officers who had probably been on break at Viet Thai or the Freehouse and were walking to their car which was parked across 13th at the strip mall. The light turned green, we stepped off the curb, and a car heading east on 13th drove up to the intersection. Instead of stopping in front of the crosswalk as drivers are legally required to do, this man advanced until he blocked the crosswalk, and sat waiting to turn right on Albert. I hesitated for a minute, waiting to see if he would back up, and after deciding he probably wasn’t, I cut behind the car to reach the curb. I thought the cops might have a word with him but they didn’t.

    I walked on a block further, and discovered not one but two cars parked in the bus stop just past Albert and 14th Ave. As I was passing by, the #7/9 bus pulled up. Because the bus stop was occupied, it had to stop in the middle of Albert Street and let out two women passengers.

    Gotta love Regina motorists.

  2. glad to hear your guy is ok

    i also find it near impossible to cross the parkway at that point. so i go to the top where the traffic lights are, and wlak my bike across – takes a bit longer, less direct, safer, worth it

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