Two days ago I was almost wiped out by a careless, inconsiderate cyclist

while I was walking in the middle of a crosswalk in the pouring rain. As matter

of fact, there were actually two cyclists. One went in front of me less than a foot

away and the other went behind me in a similar fashion.

I just don’t understand why most cyclist appear to have no regard whatsoever, for

pedestrians , crosswalks , signal lights  and/or stop signs !

Although I have numerous friends who ride bikes, I firmly believe that they should

not be allowed to ride their bikes on the city street without a license and insurance.

On top of this, they should have more respect and regard for pedestrians .

When I was a teenager back in the 50s, I had to buy a license for my bicycle . It cost

$2.00 for a year.

Have you ever seen cyclist riding their bikes on city sidewalks ? I have on several

occasions. Just a few months ago, a student riding a bicycle on a UBC campus

sidewalk stopped inches short of my crotch with the front tire wedged between my legs.

If he had not been going as slow as he was, I’m sure I would have been knocked squarely

on my ass.

The Vancouver City Council passed some legislation a few years ago to make Vancouver safer

for cyclists. In fact, they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars, providing  bicycle lanes all over

the city . Who pays for these changes ?     We do!————- The tax payers.

Not only do we have to pay for these cycle lanes, we also have to put up with all the

inconvenience, and hazards caused by inconsiderate, careless , rude and reckless

cyclists who disregard stop signs, red lights, crosswalks, and pedestrians in those

crosswalks.

Don’t you think the bicycle riders should pay their fare share by having to buy a license to ride

on the streets and highways  ? I sure do !  It should also be mandatory that they have accidental

insurance coverage.

If any of my readers and followers have any comments to add to my article , please

do not hesitate to speak up and express your opinions regarding cyclists riding in the

streets and highways.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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