I’ve noticed some new yellow signs in Surrey. They say “Share the Road” and show a bike rider in front of a motor vehicle. As a bike rider, I’m wondering if this is the city’s way of avoiding creating bike lanes as a way of “going more green.”
If these signs are supposed to give me a sense of safety, then I am afraid that is not going to happen. I think these signs are a waste of time and money and I would even go further and say they are insulting. I can’t think of any driver who would patiently drive behind a bike going 10 km/h.
I ride in bike lanes, if there are any on my route, but I find the streets in Surrey are lacking bike lanes. I ride on sidewalks when there are no bike lanes, and that is the only way I am going to feel safe.
As new roads are paved, bike lanes are included and I hope that one day people will be able to ride continuously on the road, safely, in designated bike lanes. If our city truly wants to encourage “green” alternatives to transportation, then sidewalks or bike lanes must be made available to riders.
Jill Ewart, Cloverdale