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Thanks for being a voice of reason. Two sides to the coin and both need to be understanding of the rules and expectations that apply to them. There have been examples above mentioned where a cyclist might not be doing things by the book, but I've definitely seen my share of examples where the odd driver seems a little unsure of what to do when a cyclist is using the road exactly how they're asked to. Part of the issue as a cyclist is that as much as the city has a great path system, if you’re trying to chart a course from A to B there are gaps all over the place that force you onto the street for stretches if you’re going to ride within the law. City has taken different stabs at this between the “share the road” initiative and now the project on Pacific... but if for example you want to get from Shoppers Mall to Discovery Centre or BU to Superstore there’s no clear cut path. That means you’re either intermittently using a combo of path and street or you just decide to go street all the way. Or you decide it’s not worth the hassle, hop in the car and burn some more gas in stead of getting a little fresh air and exercise! Appreciate that making the city more cyclist friendly has been and continues to be on the radar and that it’s no small task when dealing with budgets, limited physical space and probably some uncertainty on how high demand is (chicken vs egg problem). I'm sure we'll see more progress over time, but in the shorter term more education of both sides like the link above will help us all get along a little better and maybe even save a life in the process.
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