Cyclists riding with toddlers deserve more respect
Why target all cyclists [ “Police may crack down on sidewalk cycling”, September 6-13]? Why not only irresponsible cyclists? Or why not irresponsible sidewalk runners, motorized wheelchairs, younger hot-shot wheelchair drivers, skateboarders, and stroller joggers?
I’ve seen all of these racing along streets brushing by elderly folks over the years.
As a 60-year-old grandfather who spends one or two days a week exploring Metro Vancouver by bicycle with my young grandson on board, there are plenty of sidewalks I will ride slowly and carefully along and not take the crazy-car-traffic street, even though in some of these jurisdictions it’s technically illegal.
For example, when riding from Jericho I will travel on the sidewalk along Point Grey Road to MacDonald Street to get back on the seaside bicycle route. No one could ever get me to risk my life actually riding on the road in that bottleneck. We ride carefully and slowly when doing so.
Narrow little Point Grey Road should have been closed to traffic years ago, given that east-west drivers have much wider West 4th Avenue, Broadway, West 10th Avenue, West 16th Avenue, and King Edward to travel along. I would never attempt to ride down the street with my grandson on Scott Road from 96 Avenue to 64 Avenue, or along Hastings Street from Willingdon Avenue to Main Street. I stick to sidewalks.
Yes, bike lanes and routes are great for high-speed bike commuters, but having had a few near-accidents plodding along with a toddler onboard means I’m not keen to use them.
> Lance Read / Surrey