Dakota Steele commented on Motor Vehicle Act 2018-01-14 14:46:46 -0800The rights, convenience and comforts for cyclists have superseded the rights convenience and comforts
of many elderly and disabled people who need to use a car to access businesses in Victoria
- case in point, severely reduced parking and very awkward parking on streets with bicycle lanes
so that elderly and disabled people have great difficulty parking close to their destinations.
In my case I need to use a walker. I find great difficulty travelling for much longer than a city block
and in my experience easily finding parking closer than a city block is all but impossible since the
creation of Victoria’s bike lanes.
Also finding parking on those streets with bike lanes where I can safely get out of my car, get my walker
out of the car and easily get to the sidewalk from the raised bike lane protection barrier creates
many difficulties and dangers for me.
I feel the entire cycling path design and construction must have been done with little or no consultation or
consideration of the elderly and the disabled.
One day almost everyone will no longer be able to ride a bike and when that day comes
those selfsame people will no longer have easy access to downtown Victoria.
Sadly, I am one of those people and as such have not been to any business or government office in downtown
Victoria for well over ten months.
Simply put, I no longer go downtown in Victoria and as such I no longer frequent any business in downtown
Victoria where I used to spend thousands of dollars a year.
I grew up in Victoria going to John’s Place the Dutch Bakery, Russel Books, the Blue Fox and a myriad
of other unique businesses on Fort Street.
I am very sad no longer being able to go to those places.