As an aficionado of the Bugs Bunny and Road Runner cartoons, I am often reminded of the line that Bugs sarcastically uses to Wile E. Coyote:
“I have come to give myself up on account of the fact that I can no longer fight against such genius.”
That’s the line I thought of again today when I went down Pembina Highway.
I’m not normally in the area, but I had heard that there was an extra bike lane being added. There was the usual controversy, but I didn’t pay much attention to it.
I think that improvements to cycling infrastructure are badly needed in Winnipeg. Unfortunately, every time the City gets an idea, things get worse, not better.
Sadly, this particular project is no exception.
On the surface, the bike lane seems like a great idea.
Until you reach one of the bus stops.
The “swerving back into traffic” option is less than ideal during the week and completely defeats the purpose of having a dedicated bike lane. The sidewalk option is just as ridiculous.
Picture this scene during rush hour when a group of people are waiting for a bus on one of Winnipeg’s busiest routes. Add a cyclist or two barreling up onto the sidewalk.