Opinion

Letters to the editor

Our readers write about safe cycling, household debt and the Geneva Street QEW underpass.

Look to Europe for safe cycling options

I enjoy riding my bike but our current urban planning designs do not make it safe to ride a bike on our main multi-lane city streets.

We need to take lessons from the European and Iceland cities where thousands of bicyclists ride on dual bike-sidewalks along with the pedestrians. Europeans do not ride their bikes on busy city streets like us Canadians have to on our physically unprotected bike lanes with only inconsistent unsafe white painted lines as a barrier.

European cities also have safe physical raised division barriers for their bike lanes adjacent to the multi-lane roads in their downtown areas.

If we want to promote safe biking we need our urban planners to redesign our bike lanes similar to the Europeans and Icelanders. We need to start by re-constructing safe bike lanes adjacent to our existing sidewalks on our main busy streets.

Phil Baranoski

St.Catharines

Debt burdens cause for concern

The world’s debt bubble is about to explode.

Some economists believe that the cause of the Great Depression was the fact that people held more debt than what they were earning.

Fast forward to 2016. Isn’t that what is occurring in today’s world? Where people are holding more debt than they have income. It has been reported that Canadian households owe $1.65 for every dollar earned. I have repeatedly stated that the economy hasn’t collapsed simply because there isn’t enough debt yet.

Charles Owen

Welland

Geneva Street needs a young whippersnapper

Remember when the Geneva Street underpass ran smoothly, before the construction.

Why? Because the lights were timed. Instead of over-thinking the problem, just have someone sit there and time the light so that the traffic moves smoothly and doesn’t pile up between the light changes, just like before the construction. If you can’t get any young whippersnapper to figure it out, bring back the retirees who used to do the job. It is that simple.

Susan Castrucci

St. Catharines