This letter is in response to the Feb. 24 story “Council looks to put the brakes on bollards,” featuring Coun. Vic Derman
I was finally motivated to contact Saanich after reading your article regarding the numerous injuries to cyclists resulting from crashes with bollards.
In 2015 I incurred a serious injury from a crash on my bicycle when my handlebar caught a Tow Away Zone sign protruding from a centre bollard at the Belgrave Road exit on the Galloping Goose. I landed hard on my hip and could not move for several minutes. The next day my neighbour kindly drove me to emergency as I could not walk and was afraid I may have broken my pelvis. Thankfully I had not but the injury laid me up for several days and physiotherapy ran into the hundreds of dollars.
Today I wrote a letter to the Saanich Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility Advisory Committee and included pictures of the offending bollard and its bent signage. I hope your article prompts other riders who have had the unfortunate experience of crashing due to bollards to contact Saanich and support the removal of these barriers.