Bicycle signage rampant in Comox

Dear editor,

"Sorry, officer, I didn't know it was a bike lane."

Dear editor,

“Sorry, officer, I didn’t know it was a bike lane.”

This is a phrase that probably will never be spoken in the Town of Comox.

One would think the Tour de France was coming to town as an explosion of new bike lane symbols and signage is everywhere in Comox.

I have no problem with identifying bike lanes but this has become ridiculous.

On Comox Avenue from between the lights at Anderton along in front of the hospital to the crest of the Comox hill there are at least 63 bike lane symbols and signs. Sixty-three!

On Beaufort Avenue, just between Beach Avenue and Ellis Street, there are 29! In about two or three blocks no less.

Incidentally there are virtually no signs identifying Beaufort Avenue itself. I was actually guessing that I was on Beaufort because it takes a weird kinda jog at Ellis with no street marker at all at the stop sign.

Bolt, Anderton, Noel and I am sure a few others have also been slathered with these redundant signs. In some cases there are reflective signs pointing down directly at another sign or symbol painted on the road right under it.

Also of note is that when I conducted this extensive research (took about 12 minutes maybe) along this vast network of bike routes on a sunny Saturday at 10 a.m., I counted exactly ZERO bike riders.

Steve Hawkins,


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