Yesterday I was crossing Glover Road at Mary Street in Fort Langley when out of no where a cyclist darted out in front of me when I was halfway across the crosswalk. This is not the first time that I have had near misses at this cross walk. Over the years, I can recall three other instances when people either kept on driving, never even slowing while I was crossing, or they would slow down then try to accelerate through the crosswalk before I crossed into the lane that they are in, and one woman even stopped, then sped onwards while I waited for her vehicle to come to a complete stop before I entered the crosswalk.
The cyclists proved to me that it does not matter who your are, or what your mode of transportation is, you have to be on your highest level of alert possible when walking the streets here. This is probably good advice for anyone around the Fraser Valley.
The only thing that I can think of that would make this part of Fort Langley safer would be to request that crossing lights be set up here at this crossing. Pedestrian traffic is very high on this section of Glover Road, but so to is vehicle traffic as more and more people are using River Road to get to 200th Street, or to Highway 1, further South. With the population explosion of the surrounding area, drive-through traffic will probably increase at a very high rate, and so too will the foot traffic.
Comparing Ontario to British Columbia (BC). In the city of Toronto pedestrians must point, with their finger, forward as they cross on the crosswalk. Here in BC, you would be classified as a “nut” if you where to do that. The point would be driven to the motoring public that you intend to cross, but because driver’s are not accustom to this practice, I think you would be ignored here in BC. Drivers in BC, after all, pass other vehicles on the right at intersections, or on single lane roads when a vehicle that is stopped is trying to make a left hand turn. The “me first” attitude is common here, and sadly this has spread to cyclist.
Where’s a COP when you need one?