Crosswalks aren’t a free-for-all

Crosswalks are there for the protection of pedestrians, not as a convenience for a cyclist to stop traffic while they ride across the road.

To the Editor,

Re: Faulty crosswalk switch repaired following bike collision, Sept. 22.

Did I miss something? Have the rules of the road changed? When I was a child learning to ride my bicycle, it was impressed upon me that the rules of the road apply the same as if I were driving a car. Stop at the stop signs, yield the right of way, signal my intended lane changes and yes, stop for pedestrians.

These days, I see cyclists blowing through stop signs, cutting across traffic lanes without signalling and holding up the flow of traffic by not giving room for cars to pass and generally being reckless, which is scary to say the least.

So, about the crosswalk. It is called a crosswalk not a ‘crossride.’ Crosswalks are there for the protection of pedestrians, not as a convenience for a cyclist to stop traffic while they ride across the road.

Had the cyclist been taught properly, he would have dismounted from his bicycle, rendering himself a pedestrian. Then, crossing at a walking pace, he would not have slammed into the side of a car. Remember that a cyclist is usually travelling at four times the speed of a pedestrian, which gives a driver and/or a cyclist very little, if any chance to respond.

Should a cyclist wish to use a crosswalk (with or without lights) the operative word is ‘walk.’

Alan MacKinnonNanaimo

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Infrastructure upgrades about to get underway on Bowen Road

Nighttime road work to start next Monday, June 8, between old Island Highway and Labieux Road

Resiliency program set up to help Island tourism through ‘grim’ times

Tourism Vancouver Island CEO says 23-25 per cent of tourism businesses may shut down permanently

Column: Vulnerability to global disasters is our own making

For many, needs of the moment take precedence over concerns about sustainability, notes columnist

House burns in Harewood, three people displaced

Dog unaccounted for after house fire Sunday evening

VIDEO: A Vancouver Island black bear takes weekend nap in eagle tree

Videos captured by Terry Eissfeldt shows the bear arriving Saturday night and sleeping in on Sunday

COVID-19 birthday drive-by celebrations snuffed out in Island community

Bylaw officer visit with threats of a fine mean parade trucks taken off the road

Vancouver Island Regional Libraries to offer ‘takeout’ style services

VIRL will offer the service on a branch-by-branch basis

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

George Floyd asphyxiated by sustained pressure: family autopsy

Death sparked a wave of protests across the U.S. and abroad

COVID-19: B.C. commercial landlords can’t evict if they decline rent assistance

Emergency order ‘incentive’ for federal program, Carole James says

B.C. Hockey League prepping for 2020-21

League reviewing different scenarios and start times in compliance with provincial regulations

Duncan’s Queen Margaret’s School pioneers thermal imaging in school reopening

Private school is first in B.C. to use new tech post-COVID-19

Most Read