Today started like most days will for the rest of the summer. The kids and I walked to their day camps a short distance away at Trout Lake Community Centre, and I got a bit of free time to take a walk around the park and get some fresh air after being stuck inside for a few days due to rain. Then I picked up my youngest, as he's not in full day camp yet. We came home, had some lunch, and I spontaneously decided to take him to Science World, where we enjoy the privilege of having a family membership. Little aside here - if you're on the fence about a membership here or at similar centres in your city, I assure you it is a fantastic idea; it is the easiest way to entertain the kids time and again for the price of two visits.
|Etienne in the Mirror Room in the DaVinci Exhibit -|
Boy am I glad I only have one of him!
Back to my day...after taking the 10th Avenue and Ontario Bikeways to science world, we enjoyed a mommy and son afternoon, spending about an hour and a half at Science World before heading home to pick up my eldest from her full day camp. I decided to take the Central Valley Greenway (CVG) home. It is the quickest way to get from False Creek to Commercial and Broadway, but is also, unfortunately, populated with a few really intense uphill climbs. But I have no problem getting off and walking up hill if I have to, so off I go.
This is when things started to go south. The City of Vancouver is currently doing some road construction in 1st at the CVG. I knew this, but also knew that they had left a cycle path open on the bikeway for cyclists to get by. Or at least I thought they still had. I was wrong, and the road has been completely torn up, leaving cyclists to dismount and take the sidewalk. Well, this is certainly a pain in the butt, especially when I had to move some pylons out of the way so I could fit my bike and trailer past to walk up the hilly sidewalk. But hey, road construction is a necessary evil, right, and I can live with the temporary inconvenience and take another route next time.
|The road work on 1st Avenue.|
What bothers me is that this construction has been going on for several weeks, and yet there was no signage warning cyclists they were going to be losing road access in the near future. Meanwhile, back in May, while walking South on Main Street towards Broadway several times after work, I noticed signs warning motorists that there would be lengthy construction in the area in the coming months. Now, what I want to know is, why can this courtesy not be shown to people on two wheels on their dedicated routes? Are we not to be afforded the same respect?
|Me shortly after being yelled at by a fellow cyclist.|
I really must have looked like the biggest jerk.
|Lane Closed to cyclists...too bad!|
What I will do is take tonight to relax, remember why it is I do what I do, and live how I live. I do so because I want to be a positive role model for my children and other families out there trying to do what we are doing. I will remember that some people have bad days and take it out on others without meaning to, and some people are just grumpy people, and no amount of kindness can change that. Tomorrow is a new day, and I will do my best to keep a smile on my face as much as possible, and just keep riding!
|After all the crap, spending some quality time with|
my little man is what matters most