Cycling Safety - Red Light Cameras, Ride-hailing, Shoulder Maintenance; Summer Jobs - Okanagan
Some good news! Attorney General David Eby has announced that some red light cameras will be also used for speed enforcement on green lights.
This should prove to be an important cycling safety measure. A significant portion of cycling crashes and fatalities occur at intersections and high speeds are especially dangerous for people cycling and walking. As bike lanes are built on more roads reducing mid-block collisions, a higher percentage of cycling crashes will be at intersection. A good idea to send a quick thank you email.
We are busy working on lots of cycling and issues and opportunities. There will likely be consultation on the new provincial Climate Plan later on this year. More on this in the next newsletter. More immediately, is the need to ensure ride-hailing is safer for cycling and that shoulder maintenance is improved on provincial highways.
The BC Government will likely be introducing ride-hailing legislation in the fall. Ride-hailing (Uber, Lyft, etc.) vehicles blocking bike lanes is a problem in several cities. Lets make sure this doesn't happen in Okanagan communities. We are proposing several measures to ensure ride-hailing does not make cycling more dangerous. These measures include a ride-hailing tax to fund protected bike lanes, zero tolerance for blocking bike lanes and increased fines for dooring.
Please write the Minister in support of these and other measures.
The Ministry of Transportation will be renewing road maintenance contracts over the next few months. This is an opportunity to improve maintenance ensuring that shoulders are keep free of debris, cracks and other hazards.
Please write the Minister. Let her know of your scary experiences with poorly maintained shoulders and surfaces on Provincial roads.
We are excited to offer 2 positions this summer which will play a large role in expanding our activities and outreach efforts on provincial and local cycling issues in the Kelowna area. The Community Engagement Leads will be front runners in engaging with community members and communicating the work that we and other cycling groups are undertaking. There will also be opportunities to meet and work with local and provincial active transportation experts.
Applicants must be eligible for Canada Summer Jobs. Please spread the word to students who might be interested.
More details and information on applying here.
Okanagan Member Organizations
A big thanks to our member organizations including those in the Okanagan: the Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition, Bike Penticton and the North Okanagan Coalition for Active Transportation. They are doing great work making Okanagan communities safer for cycling. Please consider joining them or volunteering.
The BC Cycling Coalition and our member organizations represent 56,442 supporters in communities across the Province.
There is strength in numbers. If you represent an organization involved in cycling, help us create a stronger cycling movement by becoming a member organization.
Thank you to all our member businesses including Cowlines Mobility, Pedego Electric Bikes Motorino Electric Cycles, and Like2Have.it, for supporting our work to make cycling safer! More info on becoming a supporter here.
Your generous contribution will help us mobilize the support needed to convince the Provincial and Federal Governments to make bold investments in cycling & walking through:
- Outreach to organizations and businesses
- Petitioning to show the government that a lot of people support better cycling
- Meeting with politicians and staff
- Press releases and op-eds