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While I don’t doubt that our transit workers deserve all they can get, it’s going to be hard to sympathize with their plight while I’m biking to work in the spring rain.

Their timing couldn’t be worse. First of all, it’s difficult to empathize with one group when every public employee in the province is on strike – all this discord is going to cost the province plenty to remedy, which really means that it’s going to cost the taxpayers.

Which brings me to my second point: it’s tax time in Canada and everybody is particularly sensitive at this time of year as to just how much of our hard-earned money is already going to government.

The third reason is economic – the economy of the entire province and country is on shaky ground right now due to a U.S. economic slowdown and a possible trade war with the States. It isn’t fair for public sector employees, who have more job security than the rest of us, to strike for more money and benefits while people in the private sector are in real danger of losing their jobs.

Hopefully the transit strike can be stopped before it starts, and if not, hopefully it can be resolved quickly and without resorting to either fare increases or tax increases.

In the meantime, it might be a good idea to have a backup plan.

www.transitbc.com/traveloptions

Travel Options is sponsored by B.C. Transit and Environment Canada, and its sole purpose is to get people out of their single occupant vehicles and onto more environmentally-friendly modes of transportation. While public transit is a large component of their program, there is some good information on the alternatives, i.e. setting up a car/van pool program at your office, bicycle commuting, or working from home.

www.mtbr.com

If you’re one of the few Whistler residents who doesn’t already own a bike, get on it. With the Valley Trail system linking every neighbourhood to every other neighbourhood in town, you can get almost anywhere in the community in no time at all. This site, Mountain Bike Review, rates and compares all of this year’s bikes.

www.cdc.gov/ncipc/bike/

This is the website of the U.S. National Bicycle Safety Network – unfortunately the Canadian government’s bike safety site is not nearly as comprehensive. Americans have soft skulls and skin, too, so the information is equally applicable in Canada. If you’ve never biked, it might be worth your time to read through some of the information provided. Even if you’ve biking for years, it might be a good idea to brush up on the basics, like hand signals.

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