An editorial by Mel Rothenburger.
KAMLOOPS HAS HAD too many tragedies involving cyclists and vehicles, and calls for drivers to be more careful around bikes and riders are totally justified.
But too many cyclists are inexperienced and ignorant of the rules of the road, or don’t care.
I don’t mean the spandex speeders or the serious commuters. I’m talking about the Sunday riders — the cycling version of Sunday drivers — trying to participate in the new emphasis on active transportation.
I was driving on a major four-lane Kamloops connector (as it happens, it was a Sunday) when I chanced upon a cyclist, shirtless and without a helmet, dawdling along as if he had good sense.
Fortunately, it wasn’t difficult to manoeuvre around him, but here’s the point: he wasn’t supposed to be there.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at email@example.com.