Litter on P.E.I. roads hazardous to cyclists, says NS woman

David Stewart
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“Who knew litter on P.E.I. roads could be life threatening?’’

That’s a question Betsy Morehouse of Cambridge, N.S., is both asking herself and telling others as a warning.

Morehouse’s friend was cycling in P.E.I. last week when her front tire struck an empty beer can.

She was travelling down hill at the time and Morehouse said she was moving fast.

“She struck an empty beer can and it locked her wheel, throwing her over the handle bars,’’ Morehouse said. “She had a helmet on, of course, and she was dressed in proper clothing but she hit her forehead.’’

Morehouse’s friend is being treated for her injuries at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax.

“Her progress is slow but encouraging. She’s getting physical therapy and speech therapy. She’s having trouble with her balance and I’m not really sure about her memory.’’

Morehouse said she’s speaking out in hopes that it makes people think twice about littering.

“I think people mostly think when they litter it’s doing something to the environment, that it won’t affect them right now.

“What’s important to consider here is that people can be hurt. She could have been killed and she could still have permanent damage.’’

Beyond that, Morehouse doesn’t understand why people would even want to litter in what she calls “such a beautiful province’’.

“People come here to bicycle but if they’re afraid they’re going to get hurt they won’t come.’’

Organizations: Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre

Geographic location: P.E.I., Cambridge, Halifax

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Recent comments

  • Ban Cans
    August 19, 2014 - 06:11

    See? That's why cans should never have been allowed on PEI. I knew no good would ever come of this.

  • I don't get it
    August 17, 2014 - 22:52

    Perhaps, bikers could start paying insurance and registration to drive on the roads, then they would have right to complain! Bikers who take up half of the side of road, are endangering vehicle drivers that actually pay their dues to pace the roads and pay workers to clean up!

  • Cromwell
    August 17, 2014 - 16:38

    While it in no way mitigates the problem with littering, the young lady in question was reportedly (CBC) traveling downhill at 45 kph. At this speed, she would have had little or no time to avoid any unexpected 'obstruction', be it a beer can, pothole, small animal, etc. She can count her blessings that she wore a helmet, contrary to other cyclists who have recently posted on this site. The helmet certainly prevented more serious injuries.

  • don
    August 17, 2014 - 11:30

    sorry to hear about your friend but it sounds like PEI is the only place that has this problem? i guess NS is PERFECT and no one litters.

  • john doe
    August 17, 2014 - 07:21

    We will never get rid of the litter. But there is a job that should be created ,picking up litter and the roadkill on our roads ,and if the grass is cut on the shoulder there are no surprises if you have to pull over.

  • Andre'
    August 16, 2014 - 11:49

    Litter is on going; same people (drinkers) on roads I walk with dogs, same type of beer, coffee cups and/or almost same place throwing fast food wraps (tray) cups etc as thems clean vehicle out before getting home, and/or pulling in drive. New Anna Cops by 3 times a week 4-5 if sirens on proceeding via Kensington outward tires and cell phone no worries.

  • don
    August 15, 2014 - 21:54

    The drunks/druggies are not smart enough to find the garbage most of the islanders couldn't find it sober

  • tired of tires
    August 15, 2014 - 21:20

    Why are there so many busted tires all over our highways? Perhaps the trucks should slow down. Would love to know how many truck drivers get fined for littering when their busted tires litter our roads and they carry on driving with 17 other tires without even noticing...

    • John
      August 16, 2014 - 18:57

      Your right maybe we should fine the skunk and raccoon families for not picking up their bodies as well! Some people should not be allowed to comment on stories!

  • Dundas Sue
    August 15, 2014 - 20:58

    People should NOT litter but If we had paved shoulders on all roads the littler would be visible and people on bikes would have a chance to avoid it. Maybe tbat was not the case here but the grass on the side of the road can hide a lot of clap trap.