General News · 8th July 2018
I am writing this in response to a bad interaction in the Siskin Lane trails. Over the past few months, I walk these paths 2-3 times per day and have seen other people less than half of the time. Usually I walk in silence, other times I like to listen to a bit of music. As a woman with an invisible disability, walking solo through the woods, I was surprised to see a cyclist behind me. This was the first time I had ever been approached me from behind. I am unsure why this cyclist was angered by the fact that I had not heard him, and rode on only after snarling about pedestrians on the path. Just a reminder, that this is not how we should treat our neighbours. It seems that cycling is becoming more a trend on the island as well. Great — let’s enjoy nature and help to eliminate fossil fuel use — but let’s also remember to eliminate hate and increase the level of safety for members of our community. As the island becomes busier during the summer season it is important to remember that we need to share paths and roads.