Can’t we all just get along?

Revelstoke has problem with a small percentage of cyclists who are either scofflaws or wilfully ignorant of basic road rules

Editorial

The editorial department at the Times Review consists of avid recreational and commuter cyclists. We also drive around in cars and walk around town, so we get all sides of the picture.

What’s a little baffling is a growing trend in Revelstoke of cyclists who can’t seem to follow basic rules designed for their own  and others’ safety.

Don’t ride on the sidewalk because you might seriously injure a child, an elderly person or someone who is frail. Stop at stops signs and red lights. Signal if you’re turning. Stay to the right of the road, a safe distance from parked cars. And just be cool in general. It’s really simple stuff.

Likewise, motorists need to heed similar rules.

Aggressive, anti-people road rage and commuter antagonism is an unwelcome import to Revelstoke – whether you’re behind the wheel of a car or the handlebars of a bike.

If you’re at a loss understanding why the overwhelming majority of Revelstokians are super-cool, courteous and relaxed while driving around town, we’ll let you in on a secret. It’s because it’s a small town and everyone pretty much knows everyone else. If you drive or bike around like a fool, you’ll earn a reputation for being one. If you run over or hit someone, it’ll likely be a friend, neighbour or acquaintance.

What’s golden is the spirit of getting along and making sure safety for all is the priority. You, your family and all your friends arrive at their destination safely every time – that’s the goal.

Besides, it’s an average 10-minute or less commute for the majority of us. No need to blow a gasket.

And, if you’re a pro-cycling activist who’s dreaming of a future where bikes rule the road, there are several local, active cycling advocacy initiatives on the go.

Hook up with those people and get involved with building capacity and making positive change. Self-declared anarchy might be cool posturing, but it’s just not a productive, adult solution.

 

 

Just Posted

Photos: Railway Days at Revelstoke Railway Museum 2019

Today was Railway Days at the Revelstoke Railway Museum. There was food,… Continue reading

City launched Tech Strategy 2.0

Revelstoke received $100,000 in funding to build on its Technology Strategy project

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Woodstock?

Weekend music festival in Bethel, New York, was held 50 years ago

Canada ‘disappointed’ terror suspect’s British citizenship revoked

Jack Letts, who was dubbed “Jihadi Jack” by the U.K. media, has been detained in a Kurdish prison for about two years

Fire departments extinguish suspicious wildfire near West Kelowna

Crews established a fire guard and knocked down the blaze before it grew to one hectare.

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

B.C. VIEWS: Log exports and my other errors so far in 2019

Plastic bags, legislature overspending turn out differently

15-year-old boy drowns after midnight jump into Okangan Lake

The RCMP and BC Coroners Service are investigating the drowning.

‘It’s just the freedom:’ Paralyzed Broncos player pursuing life on the water

The former Humboldt Broncos goaltender, who started in the net when he was nine, was paralyzed last year

Summerland cannabis shop receives approval in principle

Inspection now required before Green Gaia may sell cannabis

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

Most Read