My husband and I are dedicated cyclists in and around Vancouver, choosing to ride our bikes or take the bus over our one car 90 percent of the time [“Classic chrome unites drivers and bike riders”, July 22-29]. I want to applaud Ted Laturnus’s column Getting There. He made a solid argument for the pros and cons of both bikes and cars.
When Critical Mass first started wheeling around Vancouver in their early days, I rode with them and agreed with their sentiments, eager to have our city look at the bikers’ side and provide safer bike lanes and routes throughout the city.
Happily, this is happening, and with our biker mayor wheeling around town, my husband and I feel that council is doing a great job accommodating and promoting biking in our great city.
Unfortunately, the Critical Mass riders who flaunt an arrogant attitude that the road rules don’t apply to them are now outright rude and obnoxious.
They are winning no friends for their cause, and I can’t understand why Vancouver is providing them with a police escort as they ride through red lights, ignore all road rules, and give the finger to anyone in a car who dares to confront them.
It’s time for them to go. Let’s not pander to militant, spoiled brats. Give them the spanking they deserve.
> Jennifer Gaze / Vancouver