Facing August court date, Stroud apologizes for transit disturbance

Peter Stroud charged with causing a disturbance, obstructing property

Stroud will attend a court hearing on Aug. 15.
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Sydenham district Councillor Peter Stroud blocked a Kingston Transit bus using his bicycle and child in June, prompting police charges and an August court date.

Stroud was charged with causing a disturbance and obstructing property.

In a news release issued on July 11, Kingston police said an “enraged” cyclist was arrested after causing a disturbance that delayed a Kingston Transit Bus. Stroud had turned himself the day before.

At the intersection of Brock and Alfred streets on June 23, Stroud attempted to flag the transit driver down, who had already merged into traffic and could not safely pull over.

Stroud followed the driver along her route to Bath Rd. and Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd. He then pulled in front of the bus, got off his bike, and placed the child on the road in front of the bus.

He proceeded to block the bus with his bicycle, approach the front of the bus, yell, and hit the front window. He also took pictures of the bus driver.

Kingston police wrote bus passengers “became concerned in regards to the disturbance as well as the welfare of the child who had been left in traffic.”

After several minutes, Stroud placed his child back in the bicycle seat and departed, running a red light at the Sir John A. Macdonald Blvd. intersection.

Stroud returned to delay the bus further west on Bath Rd.

Police wrote the delays affected “numerous Kingston Transit passengers, routes, and transfers.”

While Kingston Police determined Stroud’s identity the next day, he initially refused to meet with them.

Stroud also initially remained silent after the news broke, but released a statement on Twitter on July 16.

“I did not intend to upset anyone, and I sincerely apologize to anyone who was upset by my actions,” Stroud tweeted. “My intention was to gain access for my eldest child, who was refused service while arriving to an express bus stop before the scheduled departure.”

Stroud added he was “fully co-operative” with Kingston police.

While he was immediately released after being charged, Stroud will attend a court hearing on Aug. 15.

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