Q&A - Cycle Lane Confusion in Kelowna
The City of Kelowna has a roundabout at the corner of Burtch Road and Guisachan Road that has been designed it in a way that forces cyclists onto the sidewalk. I regularly walk in the area and am always hearing "On your left" or "On your right" from cyclists that expect me to get out of their way. As far as I am concerned I have no legal obligation to move or relinquish the sidewalk to satisfy the cyclists. I do believe they have a legal obligation to yield to me - even if they are forced to dismount and push their bike.
I believe the City has overridden the Motor Vehicle Act by forcing bikes to be on sidewalks. Am I wrong in this thinking, or does the City actually have the authority to override the MVA? If this arrangement is legal then what are the obligations of the cyclist and the pedestrian? There is no signage to indicate that the sidewalk is shared and nothing to indicate what the protocol is when a bike/pedestrian conflict occurs.
Some may think my complaint is petty and not worthy of discussion. I strongly disagree. I am at an age where I don't move as well as I once did and I don't hear as well as I once did. I certainly don't recover from trauma as well as I once did. Being hit by a bike would be life changing - to the point of forcing me to no longer live in my own home. Many of the residents in this area are elderly people that should be able to safely walk on sidewalks without fear of a bike collision. The current situation is dangerous.