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Letter: Anger over sidewalk cyclists is misplaced

"I can’t fault someone who feels it is safer to ride on the sidewalk ..."
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Editor:

Re: (‘Get those bikes off Kamloops sidewalks,’ July 5):

Frustration at cyclists riding on the sidewalk, while understandable, is misplaced. People ride on the sidewalk when they do not feel safe on the street. It’s a symptom of a systemic lack of safe infrastructure, not a lack of responsibility. There are large swaths of the city where there is no consideration given to cyclists whatsoever.

I can’t fault someone who feels it is safer to ride on the sidewalk on McGill Road or Notre Dame Drive than to take their chances on the street.

Instead of asking the RCMP to punish riders who are trying to stay safe, we would be better served by demanding the city continue to roll out safe, accessible active-transportation infrastructure. Whether we walk, ride, or drive, it’s something we will all benefit from.

Devin Service
Kamloops