Thousands of Vancouver cyclists, taxpayers all, use the road from Jericho up Spanish Banks towards the Marine Drive cycling route. Like any other road in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, cyclists and drivers work to share the road, Sure, there are the very rare issues between these citizens, as there are anywhere, but for the majority, it works.
However, for some reason, there is a sign posted at the start of the hill dictating that cyclists must leave the road and proceed up a very narrow uneven path, often used by walkers and runners. Forcing the thousands of cyclists who use these roads up that narrow path is a recipe for disaster and way worse than the current sharing of these roads.
For some reason, the RCMP has taken to forcing cyclists off the road to that path. One has to wonder what suddenly prompted the RCMP, who one can imagine have a lot on their plate, to focus on this issue, but also to potentially increase the danger and risk to cyclists and pedestrians seeking to use the road to UBC and to Marine Drive.
In fact, it has been noted that the path to the side of the road does not even meet the Ministry of Transportation guidelines for a path shared by cyclists and pedestrians.
Cyclists have the same rights to the roads as cars, and we have to make our voice clearly heard in this regard. We the citizens are the ones that pay for the infrastructure and we must not be bullied off it. Pass this around, post on your FB page or Twitter.