On the quieter streets of Red Deer, I feel very comfortable riding on the street. On busy streets, I ride on the sidewalks so not to slow traffic or to reduce the chance of being struck by a vehicle. However, I find riding on the sidewalks to be a jarring experience as I ride over the expansion joints of the sidewalks. I am pleased to see space made available on the new bike lanes and now feel more comfortable riding in the smooth bike lanes of busier streets.
As a motorist, I am now more aware of the space provided for bicycles. I believe that the bike lanes should not cause traffic congestion and on some street locations, a bike lane that causes congestion might bring more harm than good. As a cyclist, I find motorists considerate of myself when riding and I look forward to more riding throughout the year.