Lanes for cycling only?

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

We have been in­formed that cycling lanes have been de­clared for cy­clists only, but I’m see­ing oth­er­wise.

On July 13 on North River Road, a Char­lot­te­town Po­lice car was be­hind me as I had to stop for traf­fic to clear in the left-hand lane so I could safely make a turn. The driver of the po­lice car switched on the right turn sig­nal and passed me on the right in the lane clearly marked for cy­clists. There was no siren, flash­ing lights and no in­di­ca­tion of an emer­gency, nor was the car be­ing driven fast.

I un­der­stand the rules for the cy­cle lanes are: (1) Cy­cles only; (2) No walk­ers, (3) No strollers!

The po­lice car did not speed up, turn on flash­ing lights, nor the siren and drove within speed lim­its. There was no in­di­ca­tion of an emer­gency. This is not the first car I’ve seen use the cycling lane when want­ing to pass on the right.

Even with the lane clearly marked, are cars al­lowed to drive in the cy­cle lanes if there are no bi­cy­cles us­ing it? It seems that cars in the clearly la­belled cy­cle lane should not be al­lowed if walk­ers and strollers are not al­lowed. San­dra Jones Ire­land, Char­lot­te­town and “child sol­dier” have to­tally dif­fer­ent mean­ings — how­ever, it is quite pos­si­ble for a young of­fender to be clas­si­fied as not be­ing a child sol­dier.

Don­ald Bartlett, Char­lot­te­town

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