The subject of bike lanes in Saskatoon is back in the news. Yesterday’s Sasknow.ca News Poll question was straightforward: “Do you want to see protected bike lanes in Saskatoon move forward and expand”?
As of this writing, 7% of respondents had answered yes, we need more. 11% replied maybe, but show me the numbers. 82% said no, get rid of them completely.
This is an issue about which I want to choose my words carefully. I don’t own a bike but my wife does and she rides it in the warmer seasons. However, to the best of my knowledge she sticks to the suburbs and trails rather than going downtown. I have nothing against cyclists and, as a matter of fact, I applaud them for getting exercise, fresh air and for lessening the amount of emissions we pump into the air.
What I’ve had a problem with though is the appearance of trying to force-feed us these protected bike lanes on 4th Avenue and on 23rd Street making driving on the former in particular a nightmare for a time after the lanes were first installed in an illogical haphazard way. Thank goodness that has been partially remedied. However, the reality of Saskatoon is that the suburbs keep expanding and not a lot of people live downtown. Motorized vehicles will continue to flood into and out of Saskatoon’s downtown core for the foreseeable future including the possibility of an express transit system. I’m not sure where that leaves bicycles.