HUSH online magazine has published a piece that argues for sidewalk cycling and segregated bike lanes in Vancouver. It has been picked up on Twitter by the usual pro-bike suspects. It handles the arguments for segregated bike lanes very well and makes a fine case. A case I absolutely support. We should definitely move to build segregated bike lanes across much of the city.
My problem with the article is the encouragement and demand that, in the meanwhile, cyclists should have the right to ride on sidewalks. Yes, riding on the sidewalk is safer for the cyclist than on an ordinary road. And, yes, having cyclists riding on the sidewalk is significantly more dangerous for pedestrians, especially seniors.
What would the cyclists say if a group of walkers strolled slowly down a segregated bike lane? There would be hell to pay. But it is OK for you to trample us down in our own segregated pedestrian lane? Why do you think it is more important to protect the lives of cyclists than to protect the lives of pedestrians?
You cannot buy your safety with our bodies!