The GranFondo ride blocking the Squamish Highway is not only an improper co-option with no emergency need but now advertising is being used to boost the idea of the race's existence. Yes it is a race in spite of the organizers claiming otherwise. Prizes are given. Our road, especially along Howe Sound, was not made for bicycles. It was made for cars. It is notable that many participating cyclists returned south on Sunday (Sept. 15) amid the usual traffic. There were a number of car drivers who, went to Vancouver on Friday in order to meet their Saturday requirements and returned on Sunday.
This misuse of our highway has no good purpose and certainly no benefit to Squamish in spite of imaginative comments. The bike ride cannot be called a success because 4,000 participated in the blockade.