Cyclists should know better

What makes cyclists think they can thumb their noses at road laws?

So this is the last Ironman in Penticton. Thirty years of excitement and inconvenience. As a 26-year resident of Penticton, Ironman at first was exciting, then it became just a fact of life and we got through it by trying not to cross Main Street on race day.

Next year, it is supposed to be the Penticton Challenge and a week of celebration. I have no idea what that means. Maybe Peachfest will be turned into “Challenge” or horrors, maybe a week of cycling morons and closed streets.

What happens to cyclists when they straddle a non-powered-bicycle? Ninety-nine per cent of them are old enough to have a driver’s licence. What makes them think they can thumb their noses at road laws? A cyclist stands no chance against any motorized vehicle and yet these cyclists seem to have a death wish because they constantly trust to luck and blow straight through.

This past week, a transit bus was making a right-hand turn onto South Main by the Husky service station. A gaggle of cyclists passed the bus on the corner on the right-hand side. If the driver hadn’t years of experience with the moronic abilities of the majority of cyclists, he could have started to make the turn and crushed the bunch — cyclist pate.

All those signs, “Share the road”, Bull dung! Cyclists don’t share, they just take over. They seem to think a bike changes the road laws to their own selfish wants. They don’t stop at street lights. Their seats are so high they can’t put their feet on the ground. They ride on the sidewalks. They ride on the wrong side of the road and go the wrong way on one-way roads.

Did you see that stupid woman on the sidewalk a couple of weeks ago? She was on the right side of Main Street heading toward Skaha Lake. She was pulling a trailer that looked like a double-wide jogging stroller. She was riding like a fiend late for work. If a child had been in the stroller/trailer, it would have had whiplash or shaken baby syndrome, and if it was an animal, it should have given her a very toothy welcome when released. A man was walking toward her and she started to rapidly check the road to see if she could whip out into traffic from a driveway slope and then back onto the sidewalk after passing the man. She was in such a rush she couldn’t stop to let the walker pass. She was an accident waiting to happen.

Lately, I heard that some government official has said that in order to encourage people to ride bikes more, we should drop the helmet laws. Apparently, it makes people worry about their safety and that riding a bike might be too dangerous. The way people ride bikes they should be wearing a full set of armour.

Share the road? Pishaw! Make licences mandatory for cyclists. If they want to share the road, they should pay their fair share of its upkeep.

Jane Turnell

 

Penticton

 

 

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

Just Posted

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders sits in on a COVID-19 briefing with Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, B.C. minister of health. (Birinder Narang/Twitter)
PHOTOS: Bernie Sanders visits B.C. landmarks through the magic of photo editing

Residents jump on viral trend of photoshopping U.S. senator into images

The Keremeos Grist Mill and Gards is preparing for another season of their Pantry Share program, distributing monthly packages with preserves like the one taken in the photo above. (Grist Mill Facebook)
Shares in heritage community garden program go on sale

The Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos is bringing back its Pantry Share for 2021

Expect cold weather and snow over the weekend. (Submitted photo)
Prepare for subzero weekend in South Okanagan

Expect some snow to start falling Saturday night and into Sunday

Skaha Middle School
Arrest made in indecent acts near Penticton schools

A 32-year-old man was arrested and released on strict conditions, say police

Flooding has become a reality for many communities in the Okanagan Valley as the region faces more extreme weather storms, blamed on the impact of climate change. (File photo)
Okanagan high target for spring flooding

Higher snowpack and mild winter precipitation levels raise concerns for Canada’s insurance industry

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders sits in on a COVID-19 briefing with Dr. Bonnie Henry, provincial health officer, and Adrian Dix, B.C. minister of health. (Birinder Narang/Twitter)
PHOTOS: Bernie Sanders visits B.C. landmarks through the magic of photo editing

Residents jump on viral trend of photoshopping U.S. senator into images

A COVID-19 exposure has been confirmed at Black Mountain Elementary in Kelowna Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. (Google Image)
Another COVID-19 exposure confirmed at Kelowna school

Interior Health confirmed an exposure at Black Mountain Elementary School Saturday

Members of BCEHS Station 343 in Lake Country receive a donation of treats and wine from the community in December. (Contributed)
‘Unexpected and heartwarming’: Okanagan community supports paramedics

Cards, discounts, treats, more given to Lake Country paramedics in sign of support

A 75-year-old aircraft has been languishing in a parking lot on the campus of the University of the Fraser Valley, but will soon be moved to the B.C. Aviation Museum. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Vintage military aircraft moving from Chilliwack to new home at B.C. Aviation Museum

The challenging move to Vancouver Island will be documented by Discovery Channel film crews

The North Okanagan Naturalists' Club completed its annual swan and eagle counts Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (Claude Rioux - NONC photo)
North Okanagan bird count shows decrease in swan and eagle numbers

Trumpeter swans were down 61 per cent from last year’s count; eagles down 14 per cent

Okanagan Indian Band Chief Byron Louis has served as the band’s chief since his first of six electoral wins in 1991. (File photo)
Okanagan Indian Band seeks nominations for upcoming election

A new OKIB chief and council will be elected March 30, 2021

Lake Country firefighters helped deliver a healthy newborn baby Thursday, Jan. 21, 2020. (Pixabay)
Lake Country firefighters help deliver baby boy

Firefighters from the Winfield hall assisted with the birth of a healthy newborn Thursday morning

A video posted to social media by Chilliwack resident Rob Iezzi shows a teenager getting kicked in the face after being approached by three suspects on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (YouTube/Rob i)
VIDEO: Security cameras capture ‘just one more assault’ near B.C. high school

Third high-school related assault captured by Chilliwack resident’s cameras since beginning of 2021

An individual at Rutland Senior Secondary school has tested positive for COVID-19. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
Individual at Central Okanagan school tests positive for COVID-19

Authorities say the person is self-isolating at home with support from local health teams

Most Read