Letter: Driver was at fault for close call on Westsyde Road


Re: Pierce Graham’s letter of June 12 (‘Cyclists need to learn all the rules of the road’):

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From the letter, I assume that the rider was on the roadway when Graham came up behind him and tried to pass without changing lanes.

If one is to read the Motor Vehicle Act, it clearly states that those riding bicycles have “... the same rights and duties as a driver of a vehicle.”

In short, same road, same rules, same rights.

It was Graham who was at fault as he tried to pass a cyclist who appeared to be following the rules of the road.

I assume Graham wouldn’t try to pass a car in the same lane occupied by said car, so he shouldn’t being trying to pass a cyclist who is occupying a lane unless it is safe to do so.

I think the lesson here is that we share the same roads, so drivers and cyclists must both learn, and follow, the rules.

For the record, we dress like we’re in the Tour de France for our safety and comfort, not to be ridiculed by those who don’t cycle.

Dennis Hayes


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