Just say no for now to Fitzgerald bike lanes in Courtenay

Dear editor,

I guess if you are going to do your bit to combat climate change, you might want to try to make it safer to ride bicycles.

Dear editor,

I guess if you are going to do your bit to combat climate change, you might want to try to make it safer to ride bicycles around town.

As in, bike lanes.

For example, there is a thought that there should be bike lanes on Fitzgerald. The idea being that cyclists would be protected from vehicle traffic.

One shortcoming here, though, is that on Fitzgerald, there are neither cyclists to be protected nor vehicle traffic to protect them from. To speak of.

Now I am just as mindful of climate change as the next guy. Which is — subliminally.

But, in the scheme of things, it doesn’t strike me as pointful to invest in bike lanes on Fitzgerald as a climate change-combatting measure.

(Closing down coal-fired generating plants — now, that’s another story.)

However, hard-core climate-change combatants genuinely believe you can win the battle one bike lane at a time.

They expend a lot of energy to that end, engaging in vigorous debate in every municipality.

And, they get their bike lanes.

More power to them. If not for people so seriously committed to causes, no progress on any front would ever have been made.

But, in the matter of bike lanes on Fitzgerald, I think we should hold off.

Erik Eriksson,

Courtenay

 

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