I have been interested in reading about the bike lanes being added in Pittsburgh. I have been living in Minneapolis now for almost eight years and bikes are a way of life for us here.
When I first arrived and found bicyclists going through lights and refusing to yield or follow the same rules we had to follow, I was somewhat appalled by how disrespectful they were with us drivers or how many disobeyed the rules of the road. It was our right to be on the road, not theirs.
As more and more roads were narrowed and bike lanes added, I saw more people, young and old, riding their bikes for pleasure or to and from work. Even though I complained about having to be more careful to not hit one of them, the vibrancy of the city came to life.
Recognizing the extreme cold weather we have here, the number of bikers continues to increase as well as the number of bike stands. It has become a way of life and I can’t picture any great city not having the ability for people to get around using a bike.
It makes you more welcoming as a city. It should be embraced instead of being ridiculed. You will get used to them.
Welcome to the new world, Pittsburgh. Just be careful making those turns into a bike lane and learn to share the road.
Of course, I will never get on a bicycle. Don’t want to get killed.