Letters to the Editor

Letters: Writer confused where cyclists, walkers belong

To the editor:

This letter is in response to J. Bush and his Thursday May 8, 2014 letter regarding a cyclist on the Greenway. (Cyclists are Going To Kill Someone, Some Day, May 8 Capital News.)

I like to walk, ride my bike and drive a car. Therefore, I am aware of the duties and dangers of all three modes of transportation.

If J. Bush is newly arrived from England or Australia, I can see why he might be walking on the left side of the trail. In Canada we have, for as long as I have been around, always traveled on the right side of a road, sidewalk, path, trail etc.

I question why J. Bush insists on walking on the left side. I hope he doesn’t do the same thing in his car.

Also, by his own admission, he saw the cyclist coming straight at him. There is no indication that he did anything, such as moving to the right, to avoid a collision.

Admittedly, the cyclist should have taken steps to change his path as obviously J. Bush had no intention or was unable to move out of the cyclist’s way. I hope this incident has convinced J. Bush to walk on the correct side of a trail and to be a little more flexible in situations such as this.

Remember the order of things is a bike wins over a pedestrian and a car wins over both a bike and a pedestrian. That’s just the law of physics.

Good luck in your future walks, J. Bush.

Bruce Brown,

Kelowna

 

To the editor:

Open letter to J. Bush re: Cyclists Are Going To Kill Someone, Some Day, his May 8 Capital News.

I sympathize with your concerns, and the cyclist may have been going too fast, but you were partly at fault here.

On a shared pathway we walk and cycle on the right side, except for passing, to minimize conflict.

You state that you and your wife were walking on the left. The cyclist, no doubt, was not expecting you there. Perhaps he didn’t notice you in time, and was irritated that you were deliberately walking in his path.

You mention this was not the first time. By simply walking on the right side, you may begin to experience fewer of these confrontations.

Arlene Maxwell,

Kelowna

 

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