I’m pretty sure everyone has heard that old knock-knock joke where the final line goes something like, “Isabelle needed on a bicycle?”
That punchline is a good question, given how the Rivers Trail seems to have become a place for some cyclists to get their day’s workout. While the majority of people on two wheels seem very considerate, a few must think that ringing their little bell when overtaking walkers gives them carte blanche to charge heedlessly past. Perhaps they aren’t aware that small children, dogs and deaf elders can easily make an unpredictable move, resulting in a collision.
And, perhaps they haven’t thought how startling it is to suddenly have a fast-moving bike appear at your shoulder.
So,I have a suggestion. Please slow down — and ring your bells if you must. But a simple, loud, “on your left!” when approaching pedestrians from behind works like a charm, too.The underlying problem, of course, is that most of the trail has been cobbled together from an assortment of footpaths and sidewalks.
I would estimate it is not wide enough to safely accommodate more than pedestrians. And parts of it, like the section behind the Park Place residence and along the beach in Riverside Park, should be walk-your-bike-only portions of pathway.
The City of Kamloops has to be aware of the problematic ergonomic issues. Perhaps it could — with minimal signage and some alternate marked bike lanes — make the Rivers Trail experience a pleasure for all users?