Cycling infrastructure makes healthy culture

Re: “Disabled cyclist feels unsafe on Dallas Road,” letter, Jan. 12.

As a physician who works at Royal Jubilee Hospital, I am continually surprised by the number of cyclists at the hospital who mention some sort of near miss (having a car turn in on them, or open a door as they’re riding by, etc.), and the number of people who say they’ll never ride again after a cycling accident.

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Having lived and travelled in more bike-friendly cities (e.g. Vancouver, Amsterdam), I have seen first-hand how strong cycling infrastructure translates into a more healthy culture and population.

I therefore strongly urge the creation of a cycling lane on Dallas Road, as well as the connecting of the many disconnected bike lanes scattered around Victoria.

Dustin Loomes, MD

Victoria

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