Chris Juzda, Dundas
First, let me say that I’m an occasional cyclist and I support people who ride their bikes for fun, exercise, commuting, etc.
However, I’m tired of seeing fully capable adult and teen cyclists riding their bikes on sidewalks anywhere and everywhere. This is simply a dangerous practice and there is absolutely no excuse for it.
It’s very common to see individuals riding at high speed down the Governor’s Road sidewalks, which is particularly hazardous given the step hills and subsequent high speeds. A pedestrian could be severely injured by a fast moving bicycle. Small children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable. There is also an increased risk to cyclists themselves as motorists are not expecting cyclists to cross streets on sidewalks.
From the City of Hamilton’s web site: “Riding a bike on a sidewalk is illegal in Hamilton. It makes a sidewalk uncomfortable for pedestrians plus cyclists get hit by autos crossing intersections and driveways. A teen or adult cyclist is most visible to motorists when riding in the curb lane of a street when there is no bike lane.”
Unfortunately, I have never seen this law enforced. While I certainly do not expect small children to be forced to ride on the road, there is no excuse for others not to do so.