”It’s a recipe for disaster.”
A citizen’s advocacy group is calling on the City of Vancouver to construct physical barriers to separate bike lanes from pedestrian walk ways in the city’s parks.
The demand comes a week after an American tourist fell off the sea wall near Second Beach when a young cyclist lost control and struck her.
She fell 10 feet to the rocks below, and is recovering in hospital from extensive injuries.
Howard Kelsey with the Save Kits Beach Coalition, who opposed bike lanes in Kitsilano Beach Park, says it’s a city-wide issue.
“I think there should be separated areas, physically separated areas, and I think there should be a look at this agenda of bike lanes.”
Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu calls it an unfortunate accident.
“It is something that we have to examine, determine if it was truly accidental, unavoidable, or whether there was negligence involved, or whether the design of that portion of the sea wall needs to be reviewed.”
Kelsey says Vancouver Police need to do a better job enforcing the 15km/hour speed limit for cyclists on the sea wall.