A couple of weeks ago we warned Kamloops drivers to be extra watchful for motorcyclists, which have sprung up with fervour with the approach of spring.
The same warning must also be given now — with even more urgency and weight — with regards to another kind of two-wheel transportation.
Road bikes. Yes, those skinny-wheeled wonders, powered by Spandex-covered legs and piloted by eyes and a brain protected only by a thin layer of foam and plastic.
With the warm weather comes the riders, in ever increasing numbers. Road biking is becoming more popular every year, and more and more riders are taking to our roadways with vengeance. That's a good thing; cycling is a healthy sport and a viable alternative to motorized travel.
But there are risks — conflicts with vehicles are ever-present. Cyclists are even more vulnerable than motorcyclists on our roads. The ramifications of collisions are dire, especially for the humans riding 20 pounds of carbon fibre on thin ribbons of air-filled rubber.
Our streets were largely built for motorized vehicles, and while the City is working to improve the nature of our roadways to make them easier to share, the fact is in most instances, it's cars and trucks that rule.
Drivers need to be aware of cyclists, and show them the duty of caution that comes when wielding immense power. Cars win disputes with bikes every time.
That doesn't mean cyclists don't have their roles to play, however. There are specific rules cyclists need to obey, such as when riding in groups. They are not to be ignored.
If everyone assumes responsibility for the safety of others on our streets, then the spring riding season will remain something to celebrate.
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