Bike to Work Week is behind us but just like last week and every week renegade cyclist’s continue to disregard city stops signs and run red lights.

Having had many an exhilarating bike ride and with summery weekends ahead, a larger number of bike enthusiasts will be sharing our roads with motorists.  We need “all cyclists” to step up to the plate & play fair ball.

Cyclists are required to “obey the same traffic laws” as motorists. Seemingly most cyclists abide by the law, but still many cyclists continue to reject traffic laws: running red lights or stop signs, riding on the wrong side of the road, riding on sidewalks and not using bike lights at night.

Motorists often think of cyclists as having a renegade “above the law” attitude, which puts others on the road at risk, including themselves riding their defenseless no outer shell protected bikes.

As more city residents take up this very seasonal, weather permitting sport there will be more and more bad apples disregarding the rules of the road, i.e. cutting you off and giving you the usual one figure salute for honking at them while “knowingly” breaking the law.

It’s an unnerving double standard that has to stop.  It seems the only real solution is to “tag and plate” cyclist’s – copping a minimal fee.  Currently they are unaccountable, unidentifiable in their lawless road behaviour. These cyclists should be “receiving demerit points and charges laid” much like motorists when they break traffic laws.  #tag&plate

In today’s artwork in the upper left hand corner is the biker’s code for the road  that I would like to share and heed all cyclists to ensue…

As more residents are willing to motorcycle, scooter or (e)bike to work, our mayor as usual will be driving his “I love my Lexus” to work.  #hypocrite

“Bike More…Drive Less” unless you are our “I love my Lexus” mayor and MOST CITY RESIDENTS!

Last week “driving” across the Iron Workers Memorial Bridge “to and fro” mid day I was caught in volume traffic as always and while crawling across the bridge I could not help but notice… there was NOT ONE CYCLIST crossing over the bridge.  And the week prior driving across the bridge at noon hour I saw ONLY TWO CYCLISTS crossing Iron Workers bridge both on very summery afternoons.

This only CONTINUALLY PROVES North Shore (city) residents first choice of transportation is not cycling when it comes to traveling outside of their comfort zone.  And for that matter MOST city residents are not pro cyclists, rather weekend seasonal peddlers ‘weather permitting’ and NEVER AFTER DARK on our poorly lit residential streets.