Bicycle lanes in the springtime are a promise unfulfilled.
Here's the sign that proclaims the existence of the bicycle lane, such as on Hagey Boulevard at Bearinger Road in Waterloo, and what is there on the right-hand side of the road is so much gravel that the white demarcation line is not visible.
Any ride along a bicycle lane in Waterloo Region can turn up squashed catalytic converters, brake pads, flattened squirrels, windshield wipers and fabric items ranging from sodden winter mitts to ragged T-shirts.
Any CAN-BIKE course will suggest that you stay in the left-hand side of the bike lane, to avoid debris, but who would expect the debris to go on and on and on?
No wonder many cyclists prefer to ride on the sidewalks.