Mother gets clar­i­fi­ca­tion on whether she can be in cycling lane in Vic­to­ria Park with a stroller

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVE STE­WART dave.ste­wart@the­

A Fort Au­gus­tus mother says she was left feel­ing un­wel­come on the cycling lane at Char­lot­te­town’s Vic­to­ria Park on Tues­day night.

Kayla Hainer, who has three young chil­dren, was push­ing one of her chil­dren in a stroller while her mother was push­ing an­other one of the chil­dren be­side her in an­other stroller.

The third child was rid­ing her bi­cy­cle be­side them when they were ap­proached by an an­gry woman on a bi­cy­cle.

“This lady comes bar­relling down the street and she was like, ‘Move out of the way, move out of the way, don’t you know this is a bike trail? Strollers can’t be on here’,’’ Hainer re­calls.

Hainer said she in­formed the woman she didn’t see any signs say­ing she couldn’t push her child in a stroller while her other child was on a bi­cy­cle.

“She then starts mouthing off, and I don’t want to even re­peat the words. She was re­ally vul­gar with me. I was com­pletely blown away. There was more than enough room for her to pass us with­out (us­ing) vul­gar (lan­guage). We were re­ally con­fused.’’

Hainer said they used the cycling lane be­cause she didn’t want to trek along the board­walk with two strollers and a bi­cy­cle.

There is a sign on each end of the Vic­to­ria Park cycling lane that in­di­cates to users that strollers are not per­mit­ted.

The Guardian checked with the City of Char­lot­te­town’s

parks and recre­ation depart­ment on the mat­ter, and it turns out Hainer had ev­ery right to be on the cycling lane with her chil­dren Tues­day night.

A spokes­woman said the city en­cour­ages young­sters to use

the cycling lane. How­ever, while walk­ing on the lane is dis­cour­aged, she says Hainer was fully within her right to walk next to her daugh­ter on a bi­cy­cle.

Hainer said she’s quite re­lieved to get clar­i­fi­ca­tion,

ex­plain­ing that she’s a big fan of Vic­to­ria Park.

“It’s such a ma­jor tourist at­trac­tion. I would be down there swing­ing my son on the swings and some­one would just come up and ask where I’m from.’’

Hainer sug­gests the city make the signs they have on both ends of the cycling lane big­ger or put up signs where the mes­sage is a bit clearer.


Kayla Hainer, push­ing the stroller, found out the hard way that she’s al­lowed to push her child in a stroller on the cycling lane at Char­lot­te­town’s Vic­to­ria Park as long as her other daugh­ter is on her bi­cy­cle be­side her. Hainer said she was ac­costed by a cy­clist on Tues­day night for be­ing on the cycling lane with a stroller. Also pic­tured are her son, Bray­den Thomp­son (in the stroller), her daugh­ter, Blake Thomp­son (in the baby holder), her daugh­ter, Trin­ity Hainer (on the bi­cy­cle) and Chloe Cog­gar (walk­ing), a child Hainer babysits.

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