[messengers] Backpedalling on dubious manual

Date: 6 Jul 2010 13:21:26 +0200
From: Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx>


Backpedalling on dubious manual

 

BY RAGNAR HAAGEN

 

 

Metro Vancouver,
June 29, 2010

 

A controversial manual given to new bus drivers that
allegedly stereotypes cyclists is being revised.

 

In the 62-page manual given to Coast Mountain Bus Company
trainees, there is one page dedicated to the main types of cyclists on Vancouver roadways. They
are categorized as Teen, Novice and Lunatic. 

 

The Teen supposedly runs stop signs, the manual says, while
the Novice tends to act as a pedestrian. The Lunatic — and bike couriers fall
under this category — is said to disobey rules of the road. 

 

TransLink spokesperson Drew Snyder said he’s aware of the
criticism being levied by cycling advocates.

 

“We are now reworking (the manual), because some of the
terminology might best be described as inappropriate. But the principle remains
the same, that there are things the bus drivers need to watch out for.”

 

Kari Hewitt, chair of the Vancouver Bike Advisory Committee,
said she was “very surprised that a pamphlet (like that) would be put out about
cyclists.”
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