I finally took the plunge and got on my pedal bike to cycle to work. It felt good.

What did not feel good was riding on our roads – boy, what a mess.

You don’t get to feel every rut and hole in a car, you are cushioned to a certain extent, as you are on a motorbike.

But, try riding a push bike ……

The worst part is where a trench has been dug and then badly re-laid. What do you do? Do you ride in the trench? Do you ride to its right and therefore in the middle of the road, or to its left, and therefore dangerously close to cars whose drivers think stopping at stop signs means aligning the back of their front wheels with the road markings?

The same applies to those coming out of driveways to enter the main road….. they just drive right on until they can see OK. They don’t just nudge their way along, oh no …. the brakes come on only when half the car is sticking out into the road….
Government has said it intends to resurface a certain number of miles of road a year, which is great.
But can they make sure there is liaison between the utility companies and themselves – because on the face of it there does not seem to be any – to make sure resurfacing work is done to the greatest possible extent where trenching has been done.
And can the utility companies, if they don’t already, liaise with each other to make sure as much work as possible, by as many people as possible, is done at the same time.
On another note – I was pleasantly surprised by the respect I was afforded by cars and bikes as they passed me. Thank you.
I can also seriously understand why motorists get pissed when bike riders ride two or even three abreast. Move over guys, it is really anti-social.

3 thoughts on “The state of the roads (according to a new pedal cyclist)

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  1. Between the state of the roads and the state of most drivers, I have to salute the pedal cyclists for sheer will and bravery. Although I get angry when they ride through red lights or on sidewalks.

  2. I fully support the initiatives to convert the Railway Trail to serve as a cycling trail. Would love to see Ferry Reach connected to Coney, Bailey’s Bay and Flatts Inlet spanned. While one would have to cross the odd road here and there, it would make a really useful cycling trail.

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