Cyclists insensitive to needs of pickup truck drivers and environment

I can’t help but comment on Paul Hergott’s column regarding the female bike rider hit while crossing KLO Road.

To the editor:

I can’t help but comment on Paul Hergott’s column regarding the female bike rider hit while crossing KLO Road. (Too Much Blame Put on Victim in Recent Accident Reporting, Sept. 1 Capital News.)

I drive that route many times a week and can tell you that not only Mr. Hergott but many others fail to understand the basic laws of physics or the law regarding yellow lights.

Coming down KLO hill in a 5,400 pound pickup truck at the posted speed of 60 km/h, coming around a curve and trying to look to the other side of a bridge with large abutments makes it virtually impossible to stop in a hurry.

Meanwhile, the jogger or cyclist have it in their mind that they can slow their 150 pounds down, push a button and time stands still while 12 vehicles come to a screeching halt as they merrily strike out across KLO without any thought whatsoever. This has dissipated 5,000 kilojoules of kinetic energy to stop all these vehicles and about one liter of fuel getting them all moving again because the pedestrian won’t wait for 40 seconds and cross when there are no cars.

A yellow light means stop if possible and safe to do so. I would be much happier if these were all changed to regular pedestrian-controlled lights which stage from green to amber to red. Then the pedestrian will have to wait for the light to cycle and the motorist would have a warning.



Bruce Stevenson,



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