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Triathlon troubles

Dear Editor:

On Sept. 1 a triathlon was held in Guelph-Eramosa Township. The route began at Guelph Lake.

OPP officers were stationed at the intersections along the route. It was obvious that the OPP officer stationed at the corner of Watson Road and Guelph-Nichol Townline for the morning of this event did not want to talk to any motorists who were inconvenienced by the bike race.

He strung yellow tape across the Townline about 250 to 300 feet away from the intersection where his cruiser was parked cross ways on the road with lights flashing.

The officer remained in his cruiser and didn’t have the courtesy to get out and inform the drivers travelling east on the Townline why the road was closed and when it might be accessible. Instead the traffic had to awkwardly turn around on Townline at the yellow tape and head back to Highway 6.  There was no signage regarding the event on the Townline as traffic approached.

My understanding from township council is that the roads are not to be closed during the races and the police would allow traffic to proceed when they felt it was safe.

The attending officers are making a good wage by assisting at this triathlon and for that, they should be able to do the job they are hired to do by communicating with local drivers who have been inconvenienced, and not remain in their cruiser.

Common courtesy goes a long way for making positive and pleasant relations between the general public and the law enforcers. I am not painting all officers with the same brush, as I am sure the majority are courteous and respectful, but this one leaves a bad impression.

The triathlon has been held in Guelph-Eramosa Township for over 30 years and year after year the local residents endure many frustrations on the roadways during this event.  

Perhaps it’s time the organization found a new location!



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