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Bike pain 

To the editor,

I plan on breaking the law, section 171 (2) of the Motor Vehicle Act, to be exact, which states, "No person shall ride a bicycle, tricycle or similar machine on a sidewalk." How? I bike the Bedford Highway over the Fairview overpass. On the way home, I have to change lanes from the right, over to the next lane, which continues on the Bedford Highway as the right lane circles under to Joseph Howe.

Why am I leaning toward a life of crime—considering riding on the sidewalk over the Fairview overpass section on the way home? I am verbally abused on a regular basis, I've been almost run over and I fear I am going to get smucked as cars regularly go past me at 80km/h. Here I am doing my bit for the environment, reducing traffic congestion and road wear-and-tear, participating in active living; all things encouraged of citizens. In return, I get verbal abuse and life-threatening situations. I am starting to get pissed. We have rising obesity, increasing air pollution, increasing costs associated with driving and no "safe active transportation network."

I want to see a Halifax where all ages can ride a bike or walk or rollerblade safely from home to school and work. HRM should make this a priority. It should be part of the road budget. There are options. Put bicycle education in the motor vehicle course. Put up more signs and lines where they exist. Support bicycle safety training. And connect the dots with secure and safe paths where needed for a true network. Surely if we are successful with the Commonwealth Games bid we can negotiate a real and working active transportation network.

By Rochelle J. Owen

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