A cyclist who took a serious tumble on the Fraser Highway on the Victoria Day long weekend offers a heartfelt thanks to all those who came to his aid.

‘Blessed with wonderful citizens’

A Surrey cyclist who crashed his bike recently was heartened by the people who came to his aide.

How many times have we seen letters or articles telling us how terrible everything is and how no one cares about anyone else anymore?

How many times have we seen writings about government employees having little or no concern for those of us who pay the bills, the taxpayers?

Well, I am happy to tell you this is not one of those letters.

On Sunday, May 20, I was heading west on the Fraser Highway heading from Clayton down the hill towards the flat below.

Unfortunately, the construction crews had cut grooves into the pavement and had not put up signs. The grooves and my bike tire did not get along all that well and I soon found myself doing somersaults through the air  before coming down on my left foot, rolling forward, and using various parts of my body as brake pads.

In an adrenalin-spurred fit of who-knows-what, I jumped up trying to pretend I was okay and nothing was wrong. The people in the cars coming up the hill and going down the  hill had a bit of a different viewpoint and they were right.

They all stopped and soon I was surrounded by many wonderful people who got me settled and resting until the fire department and then the ambulance arrived. Some of those same people took my name and address and delivered my bike to my house. Thank you to you all.

I had fire department personnel, I had ambulance personnel, and I had hospital personnel fussing over me that day and the next  and I have not a bad thing to say at all. They were all genuine, caring concerned folk whose prime interest was getting me patched up and feeling better.

I would say that in Surrey/Langley we are blessed with wonderful fellow citizens, friends and neighbours and we are very lucky to have such fine emergency personnel here to assist us.

Thank you to everyone.


Eric L. O’Dell

Surrey North Delta Leader

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