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Bikes and feet

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Christopher Hume had an outpouring of response to his recent column on the state of walking in Toronto. He mainly focused his derision on drivers, but many readers wrote in and complained about reckless cyclists. While riding on sidewalks is dangerous, I think people have to understand that cyclists are continuously in danger on the road — especially when cars use bike lanes as their personal parking spot. This city is perfect for cycling (relatively flat) yet our infrastructure discourages it in so many ways. Sadly, a sidewalk is the safest place for cyclists some times.

Here’s the column.