Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Biking in Moncton area

My wife and I have taken up cycling over the past few years and have come to really enjoy it. We keep threatening to do a "bike trip" but have never got ourselves to the point that we felt we were properly conditioned to do so.

Metro Moncton (Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe) is a wonderful place to bike recreationally. Depending on where you work, you may not agree that it is always a safe place, however I think all three communities are expanding their bike lanes whenever and where-ever possible. I see a lot more bikes using the road and drivers are slowly becoming more aware of them. I'm now seeing people biking in the winter using the "fat-bikes".

There are currently 10's of kilometers of off road, graveled or paved trails wide enough for walking or biking in the metro area. Because this area is relatively flat, it is not difficult biking either. My wife and I can go over 50 km around the city on trails and hardly ever be around traffic. A lot of it involves riding along the Petitcodiac River and several kilometers of it are linked to the Canada Trail system.

One of our son's goes to the University of Victoria. Victoria is a city that has embraced mass transit and biking in a big way. It is a very green city in more ways than one. Beautiful winters, compared to the east coast, encourages people to use their bikes year round, and the large amount of bike lanes encourages using them.

I'm a big believer in the phrase "build it and they will come". I'm hoping the three communities that make up Metro Moncton will to be aware of the importance of increasing biking infrastructure so that more people can use their bike safely. It could be the start of a green revolution in the area.

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