Police will keep using radar speed checks to "educate" cyclists and pedestrians

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The Vancouver Police Department say they will continue to conduct an “education campaign” to ensure cyclists follow the speed limit on popular paths like the one along the seawall.

Volunteers with the VPD’s Kitsilano/Fairview Community Policing Centre were out recently with their radar guns “educating” cyclists along the seawall at South False Creek, just east of Granville Island, though they have not been issuing tickets for those found to be traveling faster than the posted limit.

The VPD says having officers and volunteers monitoring speeds on bike paths is nothing new. “This has been done in the summer of previous years and will continue into the future,” VPD Constable Brian Montague said.

An injury accident on the seawall path earlier this month actually came a day after the VPD’s recent speed check, perhaps validating the VPD’s wish to concentrate time and resources on their ongoing education campaign, which they say is intended for both cyclists and pedestrians.

Although no charges have been filed against the cyclist who allegedly crossed onto the pedestrian path and knocked American tourist Charmaine Mitchell onto the rocks, the VPD are continuing to investigate the collision.

The VPD also says they will also escalate the warnings they’ve been issuing cyclists to citations. “[I]f they feel it is appropriate, officers do have the discretion to write a by-law ticket for cyclists travelling in excess of the posted 15 km/h speed limit,” noted Montague.

Authorities advise cyclists to follow the rules of the road, make eye contact with and yield to pedestrians, and use their bicycle bell to warn of their approach. Similarly, the VPD urge pedestrians to obey traffic signals and make eye contact. Cyclists without spedometers on their bikes are likely speeding if they are “exerting any extra force on the pedals,” the VPD told WE Vancouver.


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