The editorial department at the Times Review consists of avid recreational and commuter cyclists. We also drive around in cars and walk around town, so we get all sides of the picture.
What’s a little baffling is a growing trend in Revelstoke of cyclists who can’t seem to follow basic rules designed for their own and others’ safety.
Don’t ride on the sidewalk because you might seriously injure a child, an elderly person or someone who is frail. Stop at stops signs and red lights. Signal if you’re turning. Stay to the right of the road, a safe distance from parked cars. And just be cool in general. It’s really simple stuff.
Likewise, motorists need to heed similar rules.
Aggressive, anti-people road rage and commuter antagonism is an unwelcome import to Revelstoke – whether you’re behind the wheel of a car or the handlebars of a bike.
If you’re at a loss understanding why the overwhelming majority of Revelstokians are super-cool, courteous and relaxed while driving around town, we’ll let you in on a secret. It’s because it’s a small town and everyone pretty much knows everyone else. If you drive or bike around like a fool, you’ll earn a reputation for being one. If you run over or hit someone, it’ll likely be a friend, neighbour or acquaintance.
What’s golden is the spirit of getting along and making sure safety for all is the priority. You, your family and all your friends arrive at their destination safely every time – that’s the goal.
Besides, it’s an average 10-minute or less commute for the majority of us. No need to blow a gasket.
And, if you’re a pro-cycling activist who’s dreaming of a future where bikes rule the road, there are several local, active cycling advocacy initiatives on the go.
Hook up with those people and get involved with building capacity and making positive change. Self-declared anarchy might be cool posturing, but it’s just not a productive, adult solution.