We can all get along, Steve Nagle believes.
On the roadway, he hopes.
“There’s a lot of misunderstanding between cyclists, motorists and pedestrians,” he says.
That’s true. A lot of interactions can result in the middle finger salute for either of, or all of, the parties involved in a roadside clash.
Aggressive drivers hog the roads, cyclists ignore the rules of the road and pedestrians cross…well, wherever they please.
Not all, says Nagle, but enough that real problems ensue that can have accidental consequences.
“We need to clear the air and learn how to handle all that stuff,” he says confidently.
Nagle, the owner of Outdoor Addictions in Campbellton, is well-known in the city for his super-positive attitude towards fitness. From his gung-ho group workouts at the Sportsplex to his individual accomplishments as a triathlete, Nagle knows how to break a sweat.
And as a triathlete, he’s well-versed in the perils of running and cycling in busy urban areas. He also has a soft spot for drivers – he must – as his past career was selling cars.
Now he’s combining all that knowledge to write a new column on cycling for the Campbell River Mirror.
“I want to target roadies and commuters and people going out for fitness,” he says.
His column will focus on great places to ride, safety, rules of the road, riding tips, and training advice for competition. So watch for his new column which begins on March 1.
“The key thing is we all have to share the road,” he says.