In the months before the 2018 municipal election, CycleWR volunteers have been taking municipal electoral candidates for bike rides to show off the best and worst of the cycling infrastructure in their ward/city/region. For a full list of completed rides, click here. CycleWR is a non-partisan organization that does not support any particular party or candidate. Summaries are written by volunteers or candidates and may not reflect the mandate or views of CycleWR. For more information, contact us at email@example.com.
CycleWR volunteers Steve and Tessa took Kitchener city council candidate Margaret Johnston out for a bike ride. Here’s the report from Tessa:
We had a great ride last Friday with Kitchener city councillor (Ward 8) candidate Margaret Johnson and local resident Steve Woods. On our way up Belmont, we rode on the sidewalk (don’t tell bylaw) because we agreed riding with traffic was pretty scary. In contrast, we had nice jaunt down the Iron Horse Trail, which Margaret said was one of her favourite places to bike. It was a fairly short ride, since our candidate already knew her way around the neighbor on a bike, and had in fact given residents a tour for the ward 8 Workshop on Wheels a few weeks earlier.
We had a good chat about some nearby roads we didn’t bike on that evening, such as Victoria, Westmount and Highland. Margaret shared our concerns that the speed of traffic on those road made cycling there dangerous without a protected lane. Thanks Margaret for taking the time to come out to ride and chat about cycling in the city!
Thanks Steve & Tessa from @Cycle_WR for cycling around #ward8kit with me. Busy roads, Westmount, Victoria, Highland, Glasgow, Belmont are challenging for safety. Great to start @berlinbikecafe & the @IronHorseKW pic.twitter.com/oBlb9fTUpr
— Margaret Johnston (@margjohnst) September 15, 2018
Great ride last Friday with candidate @margjohnst , and ward 8 tour guide @cedarwoodsie . We’re on the sidewalk here on Belmont b/c the only alternative was riding with traffic, which imho is pretty scary. pic.twitter.com/750hGFQRY8
— Tessa Starkey (@starkey_tessa) September 16, 2018