VPD Cycling Smackdown
June is Bike Month - as is historical in Vancouver, June is also "Cops crack down on cyclists month"
"Police say cyclists are vulnerable and need someone looking out for them. This campaign, in conjunction with June's Bike Safety Month, is looking out for those who need to be saved from themselves."
Not just content with helmet ambushes, the VPD have decided to start handing out tickets and warnings for all manner of cycling "infractions" they might happen to see. Keep your eyes peeled out there or you might just be in for a surprise!! As usual it seems they're setting themselves up in the Downtown East Side on the Union bike route, but I'd expect to see similar displays of force out there around Kits Beach and a few other key areas.
This kind of thing really cheeses me off. Every year we try and encourage people to get out on their bikes, and then at the same time we ramp up enforcement. Someone who might finally get out there and ride ends up getting nabbed and ticketed - how does this help encourage cycling? We need look no further than Europe to see how well cyclists and cars can integrate - look at almost any major European city these days and you'll see a stark contrast to how cyclists are treated here.
We don't need to be saved from ourselves, thanks. We're perfectly capable of making those decisions.
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