Letter to the editor 3, August 11, 2016

Dear Editor,

The Town of Pincourt is to be commended for converting a portion of Duhamel Road to one-way to accommodate the new bicycle path and pedestrian walk-way. Significant safety signage is in place to warn motorists of the changes along the path including divots carved into the asphalt should a vehicle stray.

Unfortunately, motorists are not the only ones who need to be aware of the new road rules.

On a recent excursion on my bicycle, I encountered two cyclists who had stopped to talk, blocking both lanes in the process. This was soon followed by a woman walking in the right lane and her large leashed dog taking up the left lane. Both times I was able to navigate around the obstructions by driving my bike through the asphalt divots and re-entering the bike lane further up.

As I then came up behind a rollerblader who was taking up both lanes, I repeatedly called out – in both languages – “Watch out!” “Attention!” “On your left!” to no avail, as she was listening to music with ear buds. Unable to leave the bike lane due to an oncoming car, we collided as she swerved into the left lane as I tried to pass. Thankfully, there were no significant injuries to either of us.

I appreciate that the path is open for many non-motorized uses but a sensitization campaign is in order to remind path users that, just like cyclists, users should keep to the right, not block the lane, and keep at least one ear open.

C. J. Maxwell

Notre Dame de l’Île Perrot

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