Vancouver Cyclists Beware; Stanley Park Causeway may be Dangerous
On the evening of May 25, 2013, a cyclist was killed on the Stanley Park Causeway.
Vancouver Police are still investigating this fatal accident but it appears that the cyclist might have come into contact with a pedestrain on the mulit-use sidewalk before veering off into traffic where she was hit by a bus.
So, is the Stanley Park Causeway safe for cyclists ?
Not according to cycling advocate Erin O'Mellin , executive director of the cycling group Hub (as quoted in the Province Newspaper). Ms. O'Mellin is of the opinion that this fatal accident shines a light on the danger encountered by both pedestrian and cyclists when share a multi-use sidewalk.
Taking it a step further, O'Mellin told the Province Newspaper that serious consideration should be given to going with a design similar to the Burrard Street Bridge where cyclists and pedestrians are physically seperated.
We can only hope that the police investigation into this fatal accident will be a first step towards dealing with what appears to be a very serious safety risk for cyclists in Vancouver.
Cycling is on the rise in Vancouver's Lower Mainland. In particular, the City of Vancouver is clearing attempting to get people out of their cars and into alternate forms of transportation. Clearly, there's a responsibility on the part of both civic officials and the provincial government to ensure that cyclists are able to ride throughout B.C.'s LowerMainland in safety.
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