There’s an old saying, something about being “as easy as riding a bicycle.” It’s true that most anyone can, in a relatively shot time, learn to get on a bicycle, stay balanced while they pedal, and move in a forward direction. However, there is much more to riding a bicycle than being able to keep upright and roll along.
We will have two 30-minute video-chat sessions for you to drop-in and ask your cycling and bicycle questions. Whether you’re new to cycling or you’ve been around the block more than a few times, anyone is welcome to come online and ask your bike questions. Two of Cycle Kingston’s Board members who are very experienced cyclists and quailed cycling skills instructors will be there to answer/respond to your questions.
How do you join in? click on one of the times of your choice and you will linked to Zoom page, follow the instructions, and wait to be admitted into the Q&A meeting. Even if you don’t have a specific question, you’re welcome to pop in and listen in on the conversation.
Friday, June 4th (via Zoom) Session 1: 1:30 to 2:00 p.m. (ended) Session 2: 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. (ended)
Our two Q&A sessions for Cycling Week are over, but we may periodically hold other online questions and answers events, going forward. Check back on the Cycle Kingston website or our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter for the latest updates on this and other activities.
Questions asked in the sessions on June 4th were regarding use of the green on-road "bike boxes" at intersections, the new green all-directions crossing at intersections, and the use of bollards as part of buffered cycling lane infrastructure.
A bike box, in cycling infrastructure, pained green in Kingston, is an on-road marked area at intersections with traffic lights that is designated for bicycles only. ONLY when the traffic light is red, cyclists may ride and position themselves in these boxes so they can cross through the intersection or turn before non-bicycle traffic. When using these boxes, be aware that not all drivers (and cyclists) know how to use the boxes.
The all-direction green crossings at a few of the intersections on John Counter Blvd. are designed to give cyclists who are not comfortable with normal procedures at intersections an alternative way to get through the intersections. At these particular intersections, cyclists may ride on the designated crossing paths to continue straight across the intersection or cross to the other side of the road. There are cycling specific traffic lights at these intersections to give cyclists on the green paths priory during light changes. If you choose to use the green crossings, be aware that not all motorists (and cyclists) have an understand of this new infrastructure. Also, remember that cyclists may continue to ride and position at these intersections as usual with the rest of the traffic.
On roads with designated cycling lane that are "buffered," some have bollards placed in the buffered area every so often. These posts are used as an added visible marker of the lines of the two parallel travel lanes. As with any designated cycling lane, cyclists may change lanes for various reasons, such as passing other cyclists, avoiding debris, preparing for left turns. When bollards are in place, use caution to time your lane changes so not to encounter a bollard. Also, be aware that some bike riders either don't know or don't care that lanes are one-way with the flow of traffic and ride the wrong way. With bollards in place, it is more difficult to avoid such wrong-way riders.