Kick Off Meeting at BCCC Conference
At their AGM on October 6, the BC Randonneurs approved the granting of the John Hathaway Bequest to the British Columbia Cycling Coalition (BCCC) for the first phase of Cycling Hazard Removal and Maintenance Action Plan. John Hathaway, a founding member of the BC Randonneurs, bequeathed funds to the club, with the stipulation it be used to for an activity that supported the development of cycling. “The BCCC is honoured to receive the John Hathaway Bequest. Our deepest thanks to Mr. Hathaway, his family and the BC Randonneurs for this generous contribution. This will really help in our efforts to make B.C roads safer for people who cycle.”
John Hathaway was a man to whom the bicycle, and bicycle travel, meant everything. He raced in his youth. He tackled Guinness records by riding around the world. He rode through good conditions and bad, and road usability and accessibility was a major consideration in his adventures. “John would have been proud to support the BCCC in their endeavour to improve the safety of cyclists on BC roads.”, states Stephen Hinde, Vice President of the BC Randonneurs, “The BC Randonneurs are also proud to support John’s wishes through this bequest.”
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 comprehensive provincial cycling strategy.
This effort will start off with kickoff meeting at the BCCC’s Annual Conference on October 27 2:00-3:30 PM at the Accent Inns in Burnaby. Over the next few months, we will consult with members of the BC Randonneurs, the BCCC and our member groups to determine and meet with government officials and other stakeholders to further understand what the issues and policiesare around the province. We will also research best practices from other jurisdictions.
A report detailing the findings and a brief highlighting the problems and recommendations distributed to government officials, the BC Randonneurs, other stakeholders, our members and the media. We will then meet with politicians and government officials to encouraging them to take action. The BCCC website will be updated with current government policies, who to contact for hazards and maintenance problems and our recommendations.
Future phases of the 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. Other possibilities 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.
For more information or to get involved, goto: http://bccc.bc.ca/hazards/
For information on John Hathaway please visit the BC Randonneurs website: http://www.randonneurs.bc.ca/writings/bios/john-hathaway.html