Should Great Falls Be More Bike Friendly?
With warmer weather on the way, commuting around town on bicycles can be a thing one can consider. I for one enjoy getting on a bike and riding to get to places I need to go, I did it for ten years in Missoula when I lived there.
When I would visit Great Falls and bike around, I didn't find the roadways very accommodating to bicyclists. Sure, there are signs and indicators on roadways saying "share the road", but I would often get yelled at and people would "roll coal" on me as they passed totally choking me out.
Since I've returned to live in Great falls once again, I've used my vehicle more because the traffic seems to be a bit dicey as a biker.
Places like Missoula and Bozeman have dedicated and protected lanes on both sides of traffic to help with commuting bicyclists.
I am aware that infrastructure change especially for streets can be bothersome to motorists and can cost a lot of money to do and can take a long time to approve let alone actually accomplish on the streets.
It can start with people being more aware of people on bikes and respecting the methods of transportation.
One would ask why. There is only a short time of year people prefer to use their bikes in Montana due to winter, My answer is look around, people use bikes all year around. There is an argument of using the side walk to ride, but that's just unsafe for both the bicyclist and the pedestrian.
What do you think, Do bicyclists and bike lanes need more attention in The Electric City?
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