Bike signs – McCurdy Road


We ended up riding on McCurdy road twice in the last week. I noticed one of Kelowna’s few bike signs at the location seen above, about midway between Rutland Rd. and Hollywood Rd., seen here looking towards Hwy 97. There are sidewalks both sides of the road and the one on the north side (seen above) is wider in most places than the one on the left. The Kelowna Bike Map designates it as a shared bike/pedestrian path but you can’t tell from the one sign that is posted. Also at some parts of the path, hedges and other growth have narrowed the path down to regular sidewalk width.

It is an offence under the Provincial Motor Vehicle Act to ride a bicycle on a sidewalk. Exceptions can be designated. Cyclists can be forgiven for not riding on this path since there are no indications that it is a shared use facility. Not everyone refers to the Kelowna bike map when they are out riding.

The other aspect is that if the path is meant for both bikes and pedestrians, is it meant for two way travel?

This is common to almost every shared path within Kelowna. There are no signs indicating that bikes are allowed (and indeed welcome) and there is no indication that electric bikes, electric wheelchairs and electric four wheeled scooters (the ones quite commonly used by seniors) are allowed or have even been considered by the City.

There is a huge difference between Kelowna’s lack of bike signs and that of Nanaimo. Nanaimo has signs all through town, many are on posts indicating not only bike lanes and routes but also where routes will take you and other routes to which they join. Others are on the pavement including left turn bike lanes on the right side of car lanes, just before intersections. I was not familiar with a many parts of Nanaimo but found that going strictly by their bike signs and a general idea of the town, I could get easily get around. This plethora of signs gives cyclists similar consideration to motor vehicle operators as far as navigation and safe routes.

Imagine if we took all of the direction signs off our local streets and highways, leaving only speed signs. Can you imagine the outcry of motorists and our local businesses. That situation is faced by local cyclists.

At the risk of repeating myself, it is time the City realized that signs give legitimacy to cycling – they tell motorists, pedestrians and cyclists that biking is regarded as an important part of our transportation network and not just a funny looking conveyance used by the economically challenged “underclass”.



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