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Letter: Pedestrian safety an issue in Kamloops

Editor: My sister and I, both in our mid-70s, were walking on the sidewalk to Madras Masala restaurant at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, when two cyclists ran us down. Visibility was excellent at the time.
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Editor:

My sister and I, both in our mid-70s, were walking on the sidewalk to Madras Masala restaurant at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, when two cyclists ran us down.

Visibility was excellent at the time.

We both had to pivot to avoid a more destructive collision and, in doing so, I fell to the ground onto my right hip, fortunately saving myself with my hand and with the help of my sister.

I sensed the cyclists barreling toward us and tried to step out of the way to my right. Instead, I caught the edge of my shoe on a rectangular aluminum service manhole in the sidewalk and fell onto my right hip. I might add I had my left hip replaced almost five months ago and count myself lucky to not have fallen on that hip.

Both my sister and I were born and raised in Kamloops, with a natural sense of safely being able to manage our way around this town we know and love.

Like many Kamloopians, we have worked, paid taxes and donated thousands of community service volunteer hours helping others.

Like everyone, we feel bylaws should be followed, but this is one bylaw that is seldom enforced by city staff or RCMP.

We were not in an intersection. We were on a sidewalk — a place where one walks and is not allowed to cycle.

In fairness, one cyclist did call over her shoulder to ask, “Are you OK?” as she kept riding right on past us while my sister tried to help me up.

I know this is not the only time cyclists have caused a pedestrian to fall or almost fall. What does pedestrian safety mean when these young adult cyclists carelessly cause pedestrian falls and injury?

Jennie Stadnichuk

Kamloops