The state of the roads in Nova Scotia has been turning cyclists away . Our fearless leaders at central control have been waiting for more federal money to fix the roads and bridges. In the meantime cyclists are staying away in droves [Is there a word for a group of cyclists? A tour perhaps?]
Large American tour companies have already dropped Nova Scotia bicycle routes from their itineraries, and the province stands to lose more business if road conditions aren’t improved, says a Halifax cycling tour organizer.
“The roads have gotten worse and even less welcoming to cyclists,” Peter Williams of Eastwind Cycle said in a recent interview. “One of the world’s two largest companies used to do 15 to 20 tours a year in Nova Scotia. Now they’re not in Nova Scotia at all.”
In the 15 years Mr. Williams has been in the business of promoting and leading bicycle tours, he said he has watched international interest in the activity grow while Nova Scotia’s roads have deteriorated to the point that many are unsafe for cyclists. [link to source]
But we guess it is not easy to make priorities. Perhaps roads aren’t very sexy or high profile and they cost money and what money we had the province has blown on twinning. Don’t see too many cyclists on the 101. [Not to mention money spent on a Commonwealths games bid – lots of travel there but not on roads.]
If the roads have been keeping cyclists away how long will it be before they keep tourists in cars away? If they haven’t already, that is. And then, what about us? Don’t we deserve to drive on decent roads? Remember that rough roads are harder on gas usage. So it costs drivers in gas on top of the wear and tear on their vehicles. We think better roads with wider paved shoulders would be safer too. Just a guess.
Instead we will have to be satisfied with a few more rules and regulations against squeegee kids, street racing, cross-walk infractions, hand held cell-phone use, red-light enforcement with cameras, and possibly some speed control via photo radar in town – if municipalities get permission from the DoT. [Will Wolfville request it?] Surprised Rodney didn’t throw in a bylaw against smoking in a car with kids. [Speaking of which did you see the related Bruce MacKinnon’s cartoon ? – The babe would be safe in Wolfville? Because we suppose smoking parents who live here NEVER EVER drive outside of Town with their kids.]
The efficacy of these new provincial regulations mostly depends on enforcement. The RCMP will be busier than ever we guess. Will they get more officers?