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I wrote this article. I was not present at the scene nor was I able to confirm with anyone at the scene what exactly happened with the truck. It was rumoured that the truck took an illegal right turn, so I wrote it as such.

My opinions are not necessarily those of Momentum.

I think separated bike lanes can be dangerous when they give a cyclist a false sense of security (and that doesn't imply that I think the woman here had a false sense of security).
The lanes are a relatively new phenomenon and require some getting used to by both drivers and cyclists, especially when the traffic is re-routed.

I have also seen drivers make illegal turns, cut off cyclists and drive down the separated bike lanes - and I don't think they were doing it out of spite.

Placing blame or accusations is not going to help the "pro-bike" cause. Education will. Until then, I will still use the same caution I use riding on the street that I do in the separated bike lane.

Carrie Swiggum more than 3 years ago

Separated Bike Lanes Still Deserve Caution

Its unfortunate in how the last paragraph is written. It seems sarcastic. Its also unfortunate that it did not mention that the Hydro truck took an illegal right turn. It infers it - but does not come out and say as such. Momentum can do better. Momentum should do better.

rattrap more than 3 years ago

This is Momentum, right?

And Momentum is a pro-bike website/magazine, yes? The way this article is written, it seems the author is blaming the cyclist and the bike lanes for the accident, when the responsibility solely rests with the BC Hydro driver who made an illegal turn.

If we can't depend on Momentum to advocate for people who ride bikes and better infrastructure, who can we depend on?

Cecily more than 3 years ago

This is Momentum, right? A pro-bike magazine/website?

I ask because the way this article is written, it almost seems as if the author thinks the cyclist or the bike lanes were at fault for this accident, when all the responsibility rests with the BC Hydro driver who made an illegal right turn.

If we can't depend on pro-bike media to be advocates for us and to put blame where the blame squarely lies, who can we depend on?

Cecily more than 3 years ago

Re: Separated Bike Lanes Still Deserve Caution

I ride Dunsmuir every day and it amazes me how many motorists simply don't observe the no right turn signs. While I'm always cautious about cars that look like they're going to turn (even on the streets it is allowed), there are some days I almost start consider using Pender again instead!

heather more than 3 years ago

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