Re: L.M. Neufeld’s letter “Road Projects Questioned” July 17.
I wish to inform you and all of the other small-minded and intolerant citizens in this city who believe that those ‘useless’ bicycle lanes are a waste of taxpayers money that there is a large community of cyclists who are grateful for the construction of these lanes.
I appreciate how the City of Vernon evidently cares enough about all of its citizens to create an environment in which everyone can travel around town, regardless of their chosen mode of transport.
Your assertion that “I think the bicycle lanes are more dangerous to the cyclist than using the regular road” is laughable.
On July 23, I was riding along the bicycle-lane-free Old Kamloops Road when I was nearly hit by a truck pulling a fifth-wheel trailer. How close that driver was to taking away a year’s worth of my training for Ironman Canada, or possibly my life, is not laughable. It was a frightening incident in which everything nearly changed for both me and that driver. Such a close call would not have happened if I were travelling in a bicycle lane.
Thank you to the city for constructing bicycle lanes. I support the use of my taxpayers’ money to build more in the future.