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Letter: Let’s make the highways safer for cyclists

Let’s not wait until someone dies before we make the highways safer and more appealing for cyclists

Let’s make the highways safer for cyclists

How can we make the highway safer for cyclists so that people like me (in my fifties) with less taste for personal risk are prepared to switch to cycling to work?

I would buy and occasionally use one of those elecrtric bikes if I felt the roads were safer than they currently are. Right now there any number of “pinch points” along the highway that present a hazard to cyclists.

Consider the the top of the hill coming into Duncan from Cobble Hill. As you go around the corner heading down the hill just past the compost place there is virtually no shoulder space for cyclists or pedestrians. If you add in the volume of traffic and the speed of drivers (not to mention bad driving etiqutte or distracted drivers) it represents a serious safety risk for anyone considering switching to cycling. If we are serious about this (i.e. reducing our carbon footprint and mitigating climate change etc.) we need to get ahead on these issues.

People are ready to make changes but no one wants to risk life and limb to cycle to work. We can do this if we put our minds to it. So let’s not wait until someone dies before we make the highways safer and more appealing for cyclists.

Murray Mann

Cobble Hill

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