Hello everyone, how’s summer going?
Despite not being home in Dryden this summer, it’s flying by in Ottawa. Feels like yesterday that I started at Statistics Canada, and now we’re already a month past Canada Day! Just one more month until the dreaded study semester, then it’s CO-OP work term #2.
This summer, I’m participating in uOttawa’s Bike-Share program. How it works is that whenever I want to use a bike (between 07h00 and 22h00), I go down to the Protection Services office with my bike-share membership card to borrow one. It’s that easy. There’s been a few times where there weren’t any (they only have eight available for loan I think), but apart from that it works great. The bikes are actually better quality than the one I have at home.
Biking in Ottawa is a bit different from biking in Dryden. There’s bike lanes here and more complex traffic rules like one-way streets and restricted turns at certain times of day. Some things remain the same though, a front white or amber light is required when cycling between one-half hour before sunset to one-half hour after sunrise, as per the Highway Traffic Act subsection 62.17.
And of course there are bad drivers. Actually, I’m not sure which type of driver is worst: Aggressive drivers, distracted drivers, impaired drivers, inexperienced drivers, or old drivers. I’m pretty sure old drivers are the worst out of those five. A few weeks ago, I was going down Gladstone (or maybe it was Wellington) the other day and this old lady was backing out of a driveway who apparently did not see me. If I didn’t move to the lane on my left, she would have definitely ran me over. How can you not see someone who has a light and is wearing a high-visibility vest? They say that a teenager texting and driving has the reaction time of a 70-year-old driver, why aren’t old drivers banned in addition to aggressive driving, impaired driving, and distracted driving?
Surprisingly, another close call that I had was last week downtown in the ByWard Market area. In the ByWard Market, there’s usually two horse-driven vehicles since it’s a tourist area. I’ve never been on one before but they seem to be pretty popular. Anyways, I was behind a horse-driven vehicle in traffic and it suddenly decided to start reversing. Now under the Highway Traffic Act, all horse-driven vehicles must have two bells attached or be subject to a fine of $5. (I wonder who passed that law.) Except I did not hear any bells ringing when it started backing up, even with my music off. It didn’t have any reverse lights either, so I had no warning that it was backing up. There was also a vehicle behind me. I had to move out of the way to give it room to back up and possibly hit the vehicle behind, so I passed it in a narrow space on the right. While doing so, I saw it poop in its bag. Was that why it started moving backwards?
So I almost got ran over on my bike by a horse. How does that even happen? Cyclists and horses do not mix.