Fredericton does not invest heavily in street cycling infrastructure, at least not evidently. Yes, there are many places to lock your bike, use the washroom, get a drink and have a smooth surface to ride on, but there is little to accommodate the cyclists on city streets. Downtown, the streets are narrower and many motorists become impatient travelling behind a slow cyclist. Frankly, I do not feel safe with an impatient motorist a few inches behind me. I understand it’s hard to accommodate cyclists downtown with it’s current plans in an old city, but I urge the city to think of the future when building new streets. I will admit, our downtown is beautiful and full of unique little shops run by excellent entrepreneurs.
Also, to anyone from Fredericton who cares to read my blog- Apparently the shuttle bus from Brookside Mall to Downtown is doing excellent! Need I remind you, it is FREE. During the Princess Margaret Bridge closure, don’t hesitate to park your car at Carleton Park and walk/cycle downtown or carpool with a buddy. On Wednesday mornings, you can even walk with the mayor on the walking bridge. It’s a great way to appreciate your city and meet new people. On random dates, there were also be prizes awarding citizens using alternative ways to get around.
Here is a beautiful picture of Fredericton's downtown during the winter, courtesy of Caveat.Doctor via flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/caveatdoctor/4368588677
Stick around for tomorrow, and I will share what kind of bicycle I use, tips and ideas.