Speed and Safety Review Update

Over the past few months, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has undertaken a Safety and Speed Review of highways between communities in B.C.  The British Columbia Cycling Coalition has strong concerns about traffic speeds on British Columbia’s roads and in particular their effect on the safety and comfort of people cycling. In our response to the Review, we recommended that speed limit increases not be considered on any highway unless there are adequate facilities present for cyclists of varying abilities and comfort levels and that a review of cycling facilities, maintenance procedures and cycling collisions be undertaken (more...)

Survey: Support for transit through Property Tax Increase; Sunshine Coast BC

Against the call that property taxes cannot be increased, people are supporting increased taxation for transit. A principle: Growth of cycling as a mode of transportation is stimulated with quality transit services. For people, cycling is an effective and appealing feeder mode to transit stops. For people, cycling extends trip distances and increases transit ridership when cyclists can take their bicycles on transit vehicles. Politicians are telling us that the level of property tax has hit the pinnacle. Politicians are telling us that property tax cannot be increased. Maybe the public, the taxpayers of the property tax, are telling us something else? In a number of municipalities in North America, residents are supporting initiatives for more ta (more...)

More Rail Trails in the Okanagan?

A magnificent Rail Trail opportunity may be alive in the Okanagan. With the bankruptcy of the Kelowna Pacific Railway it appears that there is no longer the economic viability to maintain a commercial rail line between Kelowna and Vernon. If that turns out to be the case then the Okanagan Rail Trail Society hopes to turn the line into a unique cycling and recreational corridor. [gallery] The rail line travels north from Kelowna, past UBCO, through Lake Country and passes Ellison, Wood and Kalamala Lakes ending at Coldstream just south of Vernon. You can support this project and get more information by visiting the Okanagan Rail Trail Society website. CBC Radio interview with Brad Clements of Vernon (more...)