Cyclists shocked, appalled by graffiti at the end of Clifton Road

Graffiti a 'hate crime'

A retired Kelowna man says he was shocked by what he found at the end of Clifton Rd. on his latest bike ride.

“I mean, it's a hate crime, really. It's absolutely hateful.”

Michael didn’t want to share his last name but he says he frequently rides north on Clifton Rd. since he retired.

“I just went for a bike ride last night, I usually do it quite frequently," he said. "Sometime in the last 36 hours, that graffiti was put up. And I just find it totally appalling. It's like, I can't believe that I saw what I saw in this country.”

The photo shows a pair of cement barriers spray painted green and white with the words: "hate [n-word]" and Micheal says he noticed the word ‘I’ on another concrete barrier on the left.

The barriers are located at the end of Clifton Rd. North and Michael says cyclists and other people often stop at the location to enjoy the view and just hang out.

“I never ever thought I would ever see anything like that," he said. "It's out there, it's not a place where a lot of people visit. But what it is. The cul-de-sac is used as a kind of a place where people just go for a little chill out, look across the lake. It’s nice and peaceful and quiet.”

Michael says he has notified the City of Kelowna about the graffiti and isn’t sure whether he should call police to report the incident.

“I just couldn't believe what I saw."

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