Senior Citizens and Sidewalks should be a good combination. For older seniors, over 80 per cent of all of their trips are by foot. Not keeping cyclists off sidewalks can have deadly consequences for this group.
In all the planning work I have been involved with in Vancouver, the number one complaint seniors have with sidewalks is not the tripping hazards of uneven pavement-it is bicyclists on sidewalks.
For a senior with impaired sight and hearing, the quick reflex of turning quickly when surprised by a bike can result in a fall.
Wayne Moriarty has written an opinion piece in The Province expressing his admiration to cyclists, but wishing that they would stay off the sidewalk. In the article “Cycling has no Place on Sidewalks” Moriarty states:
“It was my hope a year or so ago that cycling on the sidewalk would become the new smoking — a habit more likely to induce shame than, say, a sense of self-approval. But while a respectful awareness among people who smoke in public spaces grows, cyclists on sidewalks appear utterly oblivious to their ways.
In fact, if…
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