Closing Cycling Shop Points Finger At City Hall
A Walkerville small business is closing up shop partially due to what is being called the "anti-cycling" sentiments at city hall.
City Cyclery opened on Lincoln Rd. in 2013 as a bike sales, repair and service shop — owner Ron Drouillard says business has been good.
He has decided to close up shop mostly to spend more time with family, but what pushed him over the edge was the fight with city hall to improve cycling infrastructure.
Drouillard says while bike infrastructure has improved in the past two decades, it's not where it should be.
"I'm really happy to move onto my next adventure with my family," says Drouillard. "I'm sad to see it end, but I just don't want it to be negative. I really appreciate all the grassroots work that has been done in the community."
Drouillard says he just doesn't want to fight anymore.
"I have been thinking about it for a little while and then with all the anti-cycling rhetoric and the proposal for the zigzag and even the proposal to ride on sidewalk in some places," says Drouillard.
While Drouillard admits improvements have been made and things are getting better for cyclists, change isn't happening fast enough and thinks city hall is a big part of the problem.
"Cyclist infrastructure has improved in the last 20 years. I have been a daily rider and a commuter when I worked at Ford and I went to Jefferson and the Drouillard plant and 20 years ago, you were on your own and there was no infrastructure and things are definitely better, but it is nowhere near where it should be," says Drouillard.
He says he is fixing more bike tires due to collisions with cars and cyclists are telling him that drivers are becoming more aggressive because city councillors are open with their "anti-cycling" rhetoric.
Drouillard says the building has been sold, but adds some staff members at City Cyclery are looking at re-opening the business in a new location.