So I have recently taken to highway road trips on my pedal bike.
The idea was daunting at first; I would not make it against a fast-moving vehicle, but so far everyone has been pretty good with interacting with a cyclist.
Even on Hwy 20, which has a narrow shoulder for the first couple of kilometres out of Humboldt, drivers have been giving me a lots of room and are not getting too close.
There have been times where I have not had the room to move over myself, and the majority of drivers have been courteous
without seeming annoyed that they have had to be accomodating.
While this is very much appreciated, I also know that there are things I can do to make myself safe on the road.
I am aware of the drivers around me and I take as much of the shoulder as
I can without making the ride treacherous for myself. And I wear bright colours to make myself visible to drivers.
I see people out on bicycles throughout the day, so I know there are people who feel safe biking around Humboldt as well.
We work on educating bikers on bike safety, especially with the Safe Communities Bike Rodeo in the early summer, but I know not every biker has had such a positive experience. Especially in Saskatoon, where you have more traffic and less room to bike, I hear plenty of stories about bikers having close calls with drivers, and vice versa.
We are a vulnerable lot, on two wheels with nothing to protect us except a bike helmet.
However, sharing the road is a two-way street.
I love the fact that Saskatoon is making an effort to make itself more bike friendly.
Saskatoon is giving roads a paint job to indicate bike lanes and where motorists need to share the road with cyclists. There is a pamphlet online that promotes bike safety and how cyclists should act when interacting with vehicles. However, even vehicle drivers should be reading this pamphlet so they know what a cyclist should or will be doing on the road.
Since we all make our way to the city now and then, there is a good chance we will find ourselves sharing the road with a biker,
especially in the summertime.
We have the resources available to educate ourselves on bike safety, even if we are not the ones on the bike.
If both parties know what the other one is doing, it would make for a less stressful ride for bikers and drivers.