Bike race spoiled by rude officer
The City of Red Deer has been immersed in the excitement of a world-class bicycle race.
Great weather, great organization by the sponsors and the media, but the city has shown its inexperience by angering many of the population, most of whom have no interest in such an event and are still being burdened with a tax subsidy amounting to $2 from every man, woman and child in the province, over the road closures and sealing off the course, even to pedestrians.
My memory, long after the interest and excitement of the event has faded away, will be dominated by the experience of a rude and obnoxious peace officer at the corner of 47th Avenue and 53rd Street who, in a totally unnecessarily officious manner, was preventing pedestrians from crossing the street to get to their work.
This was an hour before the competitors were due to arrive.
The city should have taken a more relaxed and accommodating attitude to the needs of the local population by providing tightly controlled crossings, available until minutes before the riders’ arrival.