LETTER: Spirit Trail speed bumps make biking route unpleasant

Dear Editor:

Have any of the municipal staff who have implemented [cycling path] bollards and speed bumps ever ridden a bike?

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The quest to ensure that not one accident takes place on our trails has surely gone too far. Whereas the bollards in the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve have two sets to slow down bikers, NVC in its wisdom has gone to three which makes maneuvering through with a child carrier on the rear extremely challenging.

Just last week though, speed bumps were installed on the Spirit Trail, alongside Welch Street between the Capilano River and Whonoak Road. This has made biking along this route unpleasant and dangerous as the speed bumps are set much too high.

As I was changing a bike tire on Mother’s Day on this route, I witnessed a rider’s child carrier flip over onto its side as the rider went over one of the bumps.
Let’s restore some sanity to our quest for safety.

As an additional thought, I would love to see the City of North Vancouver extend permanently the closure of the lane on the west side of Grand Boulevard. This would enhance safety with very little traffic disruption.

Don McPherson
North Vancouver

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