here that I was a little concerned about how I would be able to live in this car crazy town without a vehicle, especially in winter, and thankfully there has been no problems at all adjusting to life without an automobile.
The first few weeks of auto-less-ness were more about readjusting old habits and long established ways of doing things (ran out of milk, jump in car and head to store) that you don't normally think much about. However, after that pretty short "break-in period", life is pretty much the same but with a nice added bonus - more money in my bank account! Actually, there are a few more bonuses...
- better fitness from riding every single day
- more energy from the extra exercise
- better sleep - probably because of the extra work required to ride everyday
- spending less money overall
- no parking tickets
- stress free commutes
- wildlife sightings (deer, owls, eagles, etc)
- fun times with my son riding around the city
...and on and on the list could go.
- many are not aware of their rights to ride their bikes on the roads and how to do it safely
- many have no idea how to get around the city without using the pathways
- many don't realize how easy getting around Calgary by bicycle really is
I guess we will just need to continue these conversations with our customers and do our best to talk to them about riding bikes in the city. The more people that choose to cycle on the roads, the more the City of Calgary will have to make proper accomodations for us.
Don't get me started on what Calgary needs to do to make this easier!
Personally, I believe that the time is coming when people will be forced to use bikes for more than just sport and I look forward to that time when bicycling becomes as common place as driving.
Click here for the Alberta Highway Traffic Act - Part 2, Division 4 for information on your rights to the roadway. Here is one of the most important statements in the act -
"Unless the context otherwise requires, a person who is operating a cycle on a highway has all the rights and is subject to all the duties of a person driving a motor vehicle under Part 1 and this Part and Division 2 of Part 5 of the Act."
We are going to have spoke cards made that have the traffic act on one side and "Bikes Belong on our Roads" on the opposite side. Pop by the shop and pick one up.