Cyclist appreciates support from Town of Comox

Dear editor,

I commend the mayor and council of the Town of Comox for their progressive stance in regards to cyclists.

Dear editor,

I commend the mayor and council of the Town of Comox for their progressive stance in regards to cyclists.

Thank you so much for your steady attempts to support cyclists and their safety. Thank you to the road crews and the planning department for the cycling signage beside and on major roads.

It seems to me that those critical of bicycle lanes and signage are the ones who don’t ride bicycles.

There was a time when we had horse and buggy and then came the automobile. Apparently, there was much objection to the intrusion of the automobile, the introduction and cost of roads and signs, and the evolution of a new mode of transportation.

Now, we have the bicycle, which like the automobile is here to stay as a mode of transportation and recreation. We need to adjust to this change as well.

Without bike lanes, cyclists are often kicked to the curb, where there is broken glass, pieces of metal, nails and bolts, and dead animals. It takes nerves of steel sometimes to cycle the roads, streets, bridges and intersections of the Comox Valley.

Many times, I have been crowded by vehicles whose drivers don’t feel I should be there. I do thank the courteous drivers who treat me like another vehicle, which they should, and give me every courtesy they would other drivers.

As a senior with an imperfect and aging body, there is something magical and satisfying in knowing that I am still able to make it all work and enjoy the ride in between the moments of almost terror and the heavy exhaust fumes.

Thank you, Comox.

Marlene Zacharias,

Comox