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I know the whole Ottawa cycling thing has been discussed at length on blogs like David Reevely’s, and I just did a post on the topic just 3 weeks ago, but since then a good friend of mine was knocked down by an Ottawa cyclist.
The cyclist was going fast, on the sidewalk, and hit my friend from behind. My friend went down hard and shattered her kneecap. The butt-cavity cyclist kept going even though people in the vicinity went running after and shouting at him to stop. My friend is pretty much incapacitated for the rest of the summer and who knows how this is going to affect her in the long run.
And every day I continue to get winged by cyclists. I yell at them sometimes like some crazy old cane-waving man. Yesterday at lunchtime I took my camera along and snapped a few offenders on my walk. If anyone would like to do some bike patrolling, I’d recommend Hog’s Back Road from Riverside to Prince of Wales as an excellent spot. The place is thick with sidewalk cyclists, bridge cyclists and cyclists who can’t read.
I took these in less than 10 minutes and didn’t even come close to getting them all.
This guy seemed really annoyed that me and my stinking camera were slowing him down.
Look at this guy trying to squeeze by the pedestrians on this narrow walkway. (click to enlarge)
And, to end on a positive note, I wanted to acknowledge that not all Ottawa cyclists have the IQ of a salad bar (not that I have anything against salad bars)