Cycling through the gridlock (Windsor Star)

There was a nice blog post by Doug Schmidt on the Windsor Star site today talking about getting around the construction gridlock by cycling instead.

“This city, filled with relatively compact neighborhoods, is flatter than Holland, boasts wider, straighter streets and enjoys balmier, more pleasant weather. And yet the Netherlands are flooded with bicycles, and too many Windsorites still see the pedal-powered two-wheelers as, at best, a bit of a curiosity, or worse, as an annoyance, rather than a fine short-distance commuter tool.”

I’ve seen the traffic jams that have been caused by the Wyandotte and Walker construction. Traffic was backed up along riverside drive past Droillard yesterday morning. Its an area with bike lanes, so it would be very easy to cruise right past all the backed up traffic on a bike.

He also had kind words for the WBC:

It’s great to hear Windsor’s bicycle committee has been filled with activist-oriented types with lots of new ideas. Hopefully, they can seize the moment and turn this naturally suited city into a cycling community.

I agree that there has been a change in faces at the WBC, and I have high hopes for them to make some changes in the city. But, they aren’t the only ones who can make changes in this city. The next Bicycle Friendly Windsor meeting will be held this Sunday at 3PM, at Milk Coffee Bar on University W.

Source: Windsor Star

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