This week's cycling incident on Dollarton Highway was not a one-off accident, and was entirely preventable (The Road Ahead, Nov. 4, North Shore News). As a regular cycle commuter, I was dismayed that the district built a multi-use path adjacent to Dollarton Highway when it was redeveloped a couple of years ago. This might work for infrequent, recreational cyclists who don't mind swerving to avoid pedestrians and dogs and stopping at turnouts every 30 metres to give way to cars, but this is not a viable option for commuter cyclists who, like drivers, are usually pressed for time. The only safe and efficient solution is a dedicated cycle lane similar to those being developed by the City of Vancouver. Without these lanes, cycle commuters will continue to ride on the road and risk serious accidents.
Euan Crawford North Vancouver