People cycling in British Columbia routinely face a variety of hazards on roads and other cycling facilities throughout the Province. These hazards include debris, gravel, dirt, potholes, poorly maintained shoulders, improperly installed rumble strips, poorly designed railway crossings and roads not designed to safely accommodate cycling. These hazards can and do lead to serious injuries and fatalities. Improved hazard removal and maintenance is one of the key components of the BCCC’s proposed provincial cycling strategy.
Cycling Hazard Reduction and Maintenance Action Plan
To help reduce hazards and improve maintenance of roads and paths throughout the Province, the BCCC is developing a Cycling Road Hazard Reduction and Maintenance Action Plan.
Phase 1: Cycling Road Hazard Study
This Study will include:
- Current policies of the Provincial Government and other Authorities related to maintenance, hazard removal and road design
- Who is responsible for what infrastructure
- Current hazard and collision reporting mechanisms or lack thereof
- Best practices from other jurisdictions
- Hazard and injury reporting websites and apps from other jurisdictions
- Gather incidence and hazard reports from members of the BC Randonneurs, the BCCC and our member groups
- Recommendations for policy and operational changes to address the problems identified
- Recommendations for improved hazard reporting including options to build the capacity of the BCCC and other cycling groups to collect, track, report and on hazards and incidents.
- A kickoff meeting at the BCCC’s Annual Conference on October 27 2:00-3:30 PM at the Accent Inns in Burnaby
- Meetings and correspondence with government officials and other stakeholders
- A survey distributed to our members and cycling groups
- A wrap-up meeting in 2014 to discuss the findings and determine next steps
- Web pages containing the policies and who to contact for what problems where.
- Articles for distribution to members of the BC Randonneurs, the BCCC and our member groups with a link to the web page(s)
- A report detailing the findings and a brief highlighting the problems and recommendations distributed to government officials, our member groups and other stakeholders
- A media release
- Meetings with politicians and government officials encouraging them to take action.
Future phases of Cycling Road Hazard Removal and Maintenance program include development of the capacity for the BCCC and other cycling groups to follow through to ensure the problems are addressed both at the policy and operational levels.
Future phases will likely also include the development of a mobile website or app to report hazards and incidents dependent on the BCCC being able to secure the resources needed for the development and ongoing operation and upgrade of such tools. This website and app could be expanded to map and warn cyclists of hazards.
If you are interested in getting involved or would like to donate to this initiative, please contact Richard Campbell, email@example.com