As an all-season cyclist, I much appreciated the recent article about winter biking. It’ll be my sixth winter in the Yukon, all of them having me using my bicycle to commute pretty much everywhere I go.
The snow and the darkness makes it harder to bike, but it’s mainly the drivers that are a danger for us cyclists. So please, drivers, take your time when passing us and don’t get angry if we slow you down a bit.
I live in Riverdale and I cross the bridge every day to go into town. It takes me no more than 20 seconds, so if you don’t feel comfortable passing us, slow down and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Yukon River.
But safety goes both ways, it is our duty as cyclists to protect ourselves and to make ourselves seen by the drivers. Helmets are mandatory, just like seatbelts are. Good sets of lights and/or reflective pieces of clothing are a must.
On that matter, I’m inviting you all for the monthly Critical Mass bike ride this Friday. We meet at 5:30 p.m. beside the Old Firehall.
Share the road!