Summer drivers need to show cyclists respect

It’s that time of year again when peaceful, ecologically aware people on bikes seem to become fair game for cowards in cars and dogs unleashed.

It’s that time of year again when peaceful, ecologically aware people on bikes seem to become fair game for cowards in cars and dogs unleashed.

On July 4, at around 5 p.m., as I was riding south on Ashwell Road towards Deans Avenue, I was suddenly struck, deliberately and with force, by what proved to be an almost empty DQ drink container.

As a senior, I was temporarily disoriented and could easily have fallen. I carried on through Eagle Landing and was hailed by a lady driving north in an SUV. She must have been following behind me and to my surprise, stated she had seen the item being thrown at me and had taken down some details of the car, passengers and licence plate. She had turned around and reversed her direction to give me those details.

I owe a bouquet of thanks to this good Samaritan who went out of her way to see justice done. A few moments later, I contacted the police and later heard that the owner of the car had been contacted and appropriate action would be taken.

Many thanks also to the local RCMP for their friendliness, willingness to follow through, and swift actions taken.

I would like to pass a message to all dog owners to keep your dogs leashed. I have been startled and felt threatened a few times recently by vicious-looking dogs not leashed.

 

Ed Dawdy,

Chilliwack