Safer Cycling Soon - Speed Cameras Coming to 35 Intersections
Some good news! Speed cameras will be coming to 35 intersections this summer. This is a badly needed measure that will make our roads safer for everyone cycling, walking and driving.
Minister Farnworth says, “We’ve taken time to systematically pinpoint the locations linked to crashes and dangerous speeds that are best suited to safely catching, ticketing and changing the behaviours of those who cause carnage on B.C. roads.”
The BC Cycling Coalition strongly encouraged this in our letter of July 2017 to Attorney General Eby. Thanks to all of you that have sent emails in support of safer speeds.
Shockingly, many vehicles are barrelling through intersections at 30 km/h over the 50 km/h limit. This is really dangerous behaviour that must be stopped. Even crashes at speeds of 50 km/h are likely to be fatal to those cycling and walking so the slower the better. If the speed limit is 50 km/h, 20 km/h over is 70 km/h. The Government should consider at least a small fine for even 5 km/h over the speed limit at intersections popular with people cycling and walking and even better, lower the speed limit to 30 km/h.
While this is a badly needed improvement, speed cameras are needed at far more than 35 intersections. Please write the Premier in support of speed cameras. Let him know what intersections in your community you would like speed cameras at.
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Your generous contribution will really help our efforts to encourage the Government to make roads safer for everyone cycling, walking and driving. Priorities include:
- Decreasing driving by providing people with more cycling, walking and transit choices
- Safer speed limits on highways and in communities
- Increasing the number of red light cameras at intersections and using them for automated speed enforcement
- Automated speed cameras which could cut fatal & serious collisions by more than 1/3
- Cracking down on distracted driving with increased penalties and greater enforcement
- Doubling the number of roadside breath tests and significantly increasing penalties