Cycling route a joke


I was taken aback by the article on page 58 of the 2016 Sunshine Coast Tourist Guide. It states that road cyclists “will be challenged and amazed by the 70-plus km Highway 101.” Cyclists might be challenged to remain on the road with all the rushing ferry traffic and they might be amazed they have survived the experience intact.

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This is one of the worst road cycling routes in the province. In many areas there are no shoulders, minimal shoulders, or shoulders with wide strips of tar joining older pavement with add-on paving.

Having moved here a year ago, I no longer cycle on this road. It is too dangerous, and local drivers are bad, constantly cutting corners to drive on any shoulders there are. The older drivers don’t seem to know how to pass a cyclist safely by leaving lots of room for the unexpected. I inform all friends who talk about cycling this route that it would be a very dangerous proposition.

The local and provincial governments need to make proper cycling lanes, at least one metre wide, or a separate cycling path on this joke of a cycling route before someone is killed. However, I doubt this will ever happen, as the local governments seem to be decidedly anti-cycling. They will not even call the shoulder a bike lane.

Joseph Andrews, Sechelt

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