Edmonton woman taking to the streets studying a 'hostile' cycling environment
A local woman is peddling against the grain to learn more about what she has observed as a “hostile” bike culture in Edmonton.
“I guess the question behind (my research) is: what makes Edmonton less safe, and more hostile towards cyclists compared to other cities?” she said.
Magnusin has been working on her study for a little over three months, but already has enough findings to suggest answers to that question.
Part of her research has included interviews with “hostile” motorists she shares the road with, and anyone who identifies as “anti-cycling,” a large contingent in Edmonton, she notes.
“I’ve found that the opposition is cultural not physical,” she said. “It’s related less to issues about ‘Cyclists are taking up my road space, slowing down my commute,’ and more ‘This is my road, roads are build for vehicles.’”