I am sorry to report that my first experience with the BCAA Bike Assist Program was deeply disappointing. Imagine if you paid your BCAA fees dutifully for years, seldom or never using it. Then one rainy morning your beautiful, expensive car got a flat. Then when the BCAA technician arrived to fix it, he smiled […]
One Deranged Person on a Bicycle does NOT Represent All of Us
It’s now 11.00 p.m. on 5th October, and Vancouver City Council is still debating what should be a no-brainer – giving Vancouver cyclists ONE SAFE NORTH-SOUTH BIKE LANE. The Vancouver Sun seems to think it will be decided tonight, and that the right decision will be made; although some think the plan may be amended to appease all […]
Motorists are NOT paying their fair share – Cyclists subsidize motorists!
Motorists who rant about getting cyclists off of THEIR streets are mistaken, as cyclists subsidize motorists by paying more than their fair share of costs for roads. But wait! there’s more: Say you see a cyclist and a motorist in downtown Vancouver. Odds are the motorist could be from a neighboring suburb, so he or she has contributed nothing at all to the roads he or she is driving on (Vancouver’s roads are financed by Vancouver property taxes). However, the cyclist is most likely to be from Vancouver, as cyclists don’t usually travel long distances. So of the two, it’s the motorist who’s getting an absolutely free ride, and the cyclist who is paying for the road!