A very loud and hearty thank you to all those Campbell River drivers who I would class as heroes for being both very cooperative and understanding when they had to be re-routed due to 16th Ave being closed off at Cedar Street near the finish line of the BC Bike Race on Monday, July 2. I fully realize that some motorists were getting frustrated and ended up literally going in circles trying to get to restaurants and businesses in the vicinity of the finish line. Many of you took this inconvenience in stride and often with humour.
Please accept the fact that our first responsibility in directing traffic was the safety of not only the bike racers but also the rest of the citizens of Campbell River near the Race course.
To my knowledge, there were no injuries to either bikers or pedestrians or damage to any vehicles in the vicinity of our roadblocks. I would also like to give out a special thank you to the owner of McDonalds who personally came out in the rain to give my partner and I a cup of hot chocolate. Your timing and your kindness in doing so was very much appreciated.
To those very few individuals, (including a local taxi driver), who chose rather to resort to very nasty expletives of a sexual nature and also those who succumbed to road rage and peeled away whilst loudly cursing at us, all I can say is, that we in Campbell River are fortunate that there are so few of you.
Cecil Henley – only one of a very many volunteers who helped make the BC Bike Race a success