Waterloo Police apologize for calling cyclists "silly" after cyclist death
Earlier this week, a cyclist died on a rural Waterloo road. He was hit from behind while riding with lights and a reflective vest.
The police response made a very upsetting story even worse. As said by Bill Bean on Take The Lane:
The other thing I'm wound up about is acting Waterloo Regional Police Staff Sgt. Sue Kenny, who is quoted as warning against cycling on wintry roads, saying "Riding a bike with weather conditions like this, it seems kind of silly.... It's common sense." Clearly, this person has never met anyone who chooses a bicycle over a car.
After Bill Bean at The Record wrote about the story, a number of people wrote to the Waterloo Regional Police in "disbelief, disappointment and outrage".
The Waterloo Regional Police have since issued an apology.
"The comments of the officer in the Record’s December 5th article, 'Cyclist killed in collision' are regrettable and do not reflect the opinions and values of the Waterloo Regional Police Service...."
See the story on Take The Lane for the full comment from the police.
As this is being written, no charges have been laid, even though he was hit from behind.
If you wish to contact to the Waterloo Regional Police, you can get their contact information here. The provincial Minister of Transportation is Jim Bradley, who can be contacted through the ministry site.