on bicycle path vigilantes

This morning, as I was driving down Wolseley, I was accosted by a bicycle path vigilante. This person was making a point of walking down the middle of the road, disrupting motorists who HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO USE THE ROAD ON SUNDAYS. There are, in fact, signs with statements to this effect posted all the way along Wolseley.

I'm getting really tired of this scenario. I have lived in this neighbourhood for a good, long while, and the same thing has been going on for the entire time. Last summer I saw a cyclist physically assault a motorist directly beneath one of the signs proclaiming that motorist's right to drive his car down Wolseley on Sunday. I have seen, on more than one occasion, cyclists and pedestrians string themselves across the roadway to intentionally block vehicles from passing them. I have heard both cyclists and pedestrians hurl horrid insults at passing motorists.

It occurs to me that the vigilantes have forgotten that they are making nasty with objects that can cause them serious bodily harm. If it came down to a fight between a cyclist or pedestrian and a car, I'm pretty sure the car would win.

Not that the people driving the cars would want to cause harm to the people accosting them, assaulting them, calling them names, throwing things at them, blocking their path, making their day miserable . . . .

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Sunday and holiday bike path

Hi,
just for clarification
motorists do not HAVE EVERY RIGHT TO USE THE ROAD ON SUNDAYS (or holidays).
I have lived here all my life and enjoyed the bike path as well.

Though - until about a year ago I was under the impression that if you live here you could still use Wolseley to drive to your home. Actually when I met my husband and drove down Wolseley on a Sunday - he wasn't very happy that I was disobeying the signs. I always told him "...no - no - it's ok - my parents live here - it's only as long as you are not "through" traffic..." - he was skeptical - but...I was the driver - ha ha ha ha.... (in an evil cackle sort of way...).
Please note - my husband never lived in Wolseley before, is not a stickler about pretty much anything, and is not a bicycle path vigilante or enthusiast for that matter - although we have been enjoying the path lately a lot more.

ANYWAY
I was driving down Wolseley like you and got home - was stopped by the police - who told me - regardless if you live here you have to access your home with another street - and that they permit you to go down Wolseley if needed 1 short block - I even argued with them a touch - I mean as much as you can possibly argue with a police officer - in other words - I made my view clear (about the sign saying "through" traffic and all) - but they were firm - next time I would get a ticket.

Eg.
coming down Arlington from Portage and turning left on Wolseley to get to Home St. - No further.

After I got through a little stage of road entitlement in my mind - it made sense - the less cars on the road - the more enjoyable the bike path for everyone.

On those days (Sundays, and holidays) I often forget about the bike path and turn on to Wolseley from Maryland - my husband laughs as we take Walnut (I believe it is the first street) up to Westminster and travel up to a point where we only travel Wolseley the one block to get home.

Also - my husband will now walk in the middle of the road - because he says - I'm a Wolseleyite now - where pedestrians rule the road (he is joking of course. Most of the time I am not sure which group he is making the point to - typically it is not his character to make points - but he finds much humour in this, and he is DEFINITELY not about to accost anyone)

hopefully will give you a different view on the matter, and maybe it will aggravate you less?... Maybe not...it will take time - give it a chance.

Sanndje.

Welcome

Hi Sanndje, welcome to WolseleyGirl.com.

I partially agree with your statements. The no through traffic designation means that you may not travel the entire length of Wolseley on Sundays and Holidays. However, drivers may use the road until they reach a reasonable alternate route.

For those whose start or end point lies between Maryland and Dominion, Westminster is a reasonable alternate route, and one block on Wolseley is sufficient to reach a point where they may access it. For those whose start or end point lies between Dominion and Raglan, however, access to a reasonable alternate route may be several blocks away. I have had police officers tell me that it is reasonable to drive on Wolseley between Raglan and Dominion due to the limited access to or from Portage Ave, particularly if you must turn left onto or off of Portage.

This debate is off the point, however. The issue is not how far cars may drive on Wolseley during Sundays and holidays, it is the fact that some cyclists and pedestrians refuse to share the roadway with motorists who have the right to be there, and make it dangerous for everyone in the process.