We believe that there has never been a better opportunity to ensure that provincial highways work for all road users.
I am a strong supporter of the BC Cycling Coalition's position that having safer provincial highways requires taking all transportation modes into account. I believe that the Province should take advantage of the Rural Highways Safety and Speed Review to ensure that all cycling facilities on highways meet or exceed the standards for the actual speed of vehicles.
Ensuring high standards on rural highways is an essential step to unlocking millions of dollars in cycle tourism across BC. Cycling for transportation, recreation, and tourism is a popular option for residents across BC and could grow dramatically with the right investment and policy.
While the majority of B.C.’s highways, including some newer ones like the Sea to Sky, provide sub-standard cycling conditions relatively simple solutions could be implemented to ensure the usability by cycle commuters and tourists.
The BCCC recommends that speed limit increases not be considered on any highway unless there are adequate facilities present for cyclists of varying abilities, and that a review of cycling facilities, maintenance procedures and cycling collisions be undertaken in conjunction with the speed limit review.
Adequate cycling facilities can be provided through a variety of means, including:
Sufficiently wide paved shoulders that are well maintained and kept free of road debris
Physically separated bike lanes, preferably directional and properly integrated into intersection design;
High quality bike paths within highway rights-of-way, with safe and efficient crossings of intersecting roads;
A high quality bike path outside of a highway right-of-way could be an option if it involved no substantive increase in distance or grade.
Further information is available in the BC Cycling Coalition's Position Statement.