is Bicycling SAFE

4 cyclist It’s that time of year to put the ozone polluting car away and get your bicycles out. Leave that car parked as long as you can, and let’s get cracking, I mean biking. You know there is nothing more enjoyable and that moves the most amount of mussel IN YOUR BODY AS cycling. Good for the environment, good for your health and let’s not forget just the fun and sport of it. With all the new bike trails in our cities of Ontario whats not to like.

BUT THERE IS A DOWNSIDE

When you, the cyclist enjoy the sun in your face, the breeze in your hair and just the peacefulness of cycling, there is a downside. It’s the 2000 lb car behind you.

Most motorists will agree that some cyclist leave something at home, their common sense. With the adrenalin rush of cycling, most people are in a different world, they feel that the highway rules and regulations don’t apply or maybe, they don’t even GIVE IT A SECOND THOUGHT.

IM NOT IMPLYING VEHICLES ARE NOT AT FAULT

There is not a day that goes by that you don’t hear of a cyclist being hit by a car, truck or just a mirror, always something bigger and heavier than them. But through all reality, can you always blame the vehicle driver for a mishap with a cyclist?

is Bicycling SAFE

It’s not uncommon to see a cyclist moving out of his bike lane, into traffics lane, in and out.  It’s not uncommon to see cyclists on the road that are three, side by side to each other, two cyclistnot in a single file, which would totally make more sense.

Our highways system is being more accommodating to the cyclist, every year they design new highways and or revamp old ones to incorporate bigger and better bike lanes.  The trick is to train the cyclist to stay in those lanes.

I watched a cyclist go through a stop sign and motioned for him to come over; I said to him, “you know you just went through a stop sign”. His answer was,

I DON’T HAVE TO ABIDE BY THE SAME RULES AS YOU CAR DRIVERS.

“AND THERE YOU HAVE IT”.

And yes, you do have to abide by the same highway rules as everybody else, certainly, for no other reason, than,

“YOUR OWN BETTER WELFARE”.

I always keep in mind when cycling; “I WILL BE THE BIGGEST LOSER” when a 2000 lb car comes roaring down on me.

SO, AT THAT POINT, DO I CARE WHOSE FAULT IT WAS!

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Part 3 of armored trucks in Canada

MORE TROOP CARRIERS

OUR police forces are buying up these troop carriers and armored trucks but for what reason? I wrote 2 blog posts on the subject and have been subtlely critical of these vehicles in our police forces. I still believe that they are an intimidating piece of equipment that belongs in a war zone other than on our streets. I also believe that in a safe environment like Canada these war machines are not warranted in our society.

Having said that, writing 2 posts on the subject, I do think that my thinking might be a little behind the times, this world is more of a dangerous place than a few years back. Do I like to think we as Canadians are exempt from terrorism, unbalanced people that would like nothing better than do us harm, just for the sake of our thinking and freedom values? But like I say, we in Canada, we also have homegrown, imbalanced people living right here, born right here with radicalized thinking.

Should we still have armored trucks in the police force?

SO, are these armored trucks in the police department warranted? Who knows.  I would like to think they don’t belong in our country or on our streets for any reason. But, I think my head is in the sand and should be pulled out soon, maybe just long enough to see the reality of all things going on, on the world stage. When researching the second part, I looked at a lot of images of demonstrations, rallies, couldn’t help but notice a trend.

You know, everyone has the right to do peaceful demonstrations, but, some of these demonstrations that just appear out of nowhere, and, where did they get these pre-made, perfect looking signs?  Did they have a printing press in their van for those special moments when they get the urge to protest about something/anything? Rallying your friends and neighbors for the high tax hikes is one thing, but these rallies are really, really quite organized and again to what extent and by … whom.

Maybe our law enforcement do see these demonstrators with their faces all masked up, for me, that’s a dead giveaway that these people are up to no good.  Maybe our finest have taken notice and notice major trouble on the horizon. Armored trucks though?

Armored trucks, swat teams, riot gear. Hate to see that in Canada.

Ex-Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau

This is what our ex-Prime Minister “Pierre Trudeau” had to say about the October Crisis 1970.

“There are a lot of bleeding hearts around who just don’t like to see people with helmets and guns. All I can say is go and bleed It is more important to keep law and order in society than to be worried about weak-kneed people Society must take every means at its disposal to defend itself against the emergence of a parallel power which defies the elected power.”

Pierre Trudeau  

PLEASE CHECK OUT MY FIRST AND SECOND PART

TOO ARMORED TRUCKS IN CANADA

Part 1         http://sixpaque.ca/wp/armored-trucks-why/

Part 2   http://sixpaque.ca/wp/part-2-armored-trucks-in-canada-why/

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