Wednesday, April 18, 2012

RCMP Report

TOFINO RCMP MEDIA RELEASE April 17, 2012 File: 2012-0515 Re: Report of Possible Road Rage Pick Up and Bicyclist Pacific Rim Hwy near Industrial Way, Tofino, BC April 16, 2012 On April 16, 2012, Tofino RCMP received a report from a bicyclist regarding possible Road Rage. The bicyclist reported that on Monday, April 16, 2012, at approximately 12:30 PM, he was riding his road bicycle on the Pacific Rim Highway northbound by Industrial Way, heading toward Tofino when an operator of a blue pick up pulled up beside him. The vehicle operator lowered his passenger side window and started to yell at the cyclist to get off the highway and use the bicycle path (or Tofino's Multi Use Path (MUP)). The motorist continued on only to stop a short distance further and block the cyclists' progress. The driver continued to yell the similar message at the cyclist before speeding off. Tofino RCMP are seeking any witness to these events. Those with any information regarding these incidents are encouraged to contact the Tofino RCMP at P 250-725-3242 or attend the detachment at 400 Campbell Street, Tofino, BC. OTHER: Section 183 of the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) outlines the Rights and Duties of (a) cyclist. A cyclist is permitted to cycle on the roadway as long as they ride as near as practicable to the right side of the highway. Nothing requires a person to ride a cycle on any part of a highway that is not paved. The Tofino RCMP participate on the MUP Steering Committee. The Tofino RCMP is aware that the MUP is not suitable for road cyclists as they travel too fast for the MUP's design and intended usage. The Tofino RCMP appreciates given these dynamics road cyclists need to use the highway and encourage cyclists and motorists to share the highway and provide both safe travel. Those wishing to discuss this issue, or any other Tofino community policing issue, are encouraged to attend, or contact the Tofino RCMP Detachment at 400 Campbell St., Tofino, BC V0R 2Z0 Telephone 250-725-3242 End

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