LETTER: Pedestrians face the wrath of cyclists everyday

The incident where the cyclist threw his poop at a car is just a step or two beyond what pedestrians on sidewalks, pathways and crosswalks have to put up with from far too many adult or near adult cyclists in Victoria on an ongoing basis.

Nothing in this account of a cyclist attacking a woman motorist surprised me other than the type of weapon the cyclist employed to attack the poor unfortunate woman and her vehicle.

Council may have inadvertently helped to encourage this behaviour by promoting the view that cyclists are on the side of the angels and are making a far more substantial contribution to solving our transportation and climate ills than they actually are, thus giving them license to behave as if they should not be subject to the laws and norms to which other less privileged members of society are expected to conform.

I am also holding a letter from a cyclist named Connie Thompson who wrote to the Victoria News a week ago to complain about motorcyclists (apparently legally) using bicycle lanes in heavy stop and go traffic so as to prevent their vehicles from overheating in hot weather.

It has probably never occurred to this same cyclist that pedestrians of varying ages and physical conditions do not like having cyclists silently come up on them and attempt to pass them on sidewalks and pathways at great speed.

Motorcycles and their riders at least give cyclists an auditory warning of their approach.

John R Bell

Esquimalt

Just Posted

‘Actors can play any roles’: Debate over ‘colour-blind’ casting after Victoria lawsuit

Tenyjah Indra McKenna filed a complaint over racially-motivated casting

Langford residents ask city to invest in park on controversial development parcel

Final public hearing scheduled at Langford City Hall on Monday, Nov. 25

Second cyclist struck during morning commute in Greater Victoria

Saanich crash involving a cyclist at the Braefoot Road, Epsom Drive and Cedar Hill Cross Road intersection

Cyclist struck in downtown Victoria

Lack of visibility likely the cause of early morning crash

North Saanich firefighters keep pace with major Canadian cities in Movember fundraising challenge

Local department in top three with hopes of raising $20,000 before the month’s end

VIDEO: UBC exchange students offered $1,000 to help with leaving Hong Kong

The university said 31 of its students were attending four universities in Hong Kong

POLL: Do you plan on making any purchases on Black Friday?

We’ve all seen the images. Shoppers rioting outside of a store in… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Nov. 19

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Victim of downtown Courtenay assault dies from injuries

Person of interest identified by RCMP

Infants more vulnerable to measles than previously thought: Canadian study

Babies typically don’t receive the measles vaccine until they are 12 months old

Shatner, Obomsawin among 39 inductees to Order of Canada today

Shatner is being given one of Canada’s highest civilian honours for his 60-year career

John Mann, singer and songwriter of group Spirit of the West dead at 57

Mann died peacefully in Vancouver on Wednesday from early onset Alzheimer’s

Teacher tells B.C. Supreme Court that student was ‘happy’ to watch smudging ceremony in classroom

Case being heard in Nanaimo over indigenous cultural practice in Port Alberni classroom

VIDEO: B.C. high school’s turf closed indefinitely as plastic blades pollute waterway

Greater Victoria resident stumbles on plastic contamination from Oak Bay High

Most Read