Archive for the ‘Share the Road’ Category

Kelowna Critical Mass 2010

March 22, 2010

What is up with Critical Mass in Kelowna?
This blog has seen a lot of hits regarding the topic.

Years ago there was a small but regular group that met at the Sails on the last Friday of the month around 5pm to bike around and make noise.

Not sure what is happening now but hopefully there are some people out there that are keeping the flame alive.

Leave a comment if you know of a ride.

Grant

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Bicycle death leads to time served

December 1, 2008

Patrick Chagnon has been in jail for nearly nine months, awaiting trial in the death of cyclist John Patrick James Robinson.

Tuesday, 28-year-old Chagnon was sentenced to 18 months in jail after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing death.

read more here

Bicycles best invention of 2008?

November 12, 2008

Time Magaine posted a list of their best inventions of 2008 and in the list at number x is the Montreal Bike Share program. It is right up there with the global seed vault!

We hope to see more bicycle related initiatives put forward to help people make the choice to bike to school, work or for fun.

Here is the link:

http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1852747_1854195_1854146,00.html

Petition for Feasibiity Study of Bike Path on Glenmore Rd

October 22, 2008

This letter was received by Doug Elmore recently regarding the Glenmore bike path feasibility study:

Thank you for submitting your petition for the City of Kelowna and the District of Lake Country to undertake a feasibility study of constructing a bike path along Glenmore Rd from McKinley Landing Rd to Okanagan Centre Rd. As a follow-up to your petition, a budget submission has been made for funding in 2009 to undertake this feasibility study. I believe that Council will be deliberating on the 2009 budget in early January.

I trust this meets your needs at this time.

Best regards,
Ron Westlake

Doug then writes:
So, we’re at Step 2, we’ve done the 1100 signature petition, and the City has been moved by it. I think Step 3 is to rally the cycling community by making sure that everyone who signed the petition is put in the path of knowing that the project has moved forward. Also, it seems to me that we need the BC Cycling coalition to get on board some more with this specific project, and our larger schemes, the “Soaring Eagle” wine tourism route, and the push for Kelowna going Platinum Cycling Designation, like Portland, Oregon. Ideas from anyone will be much appreciated. I’m thinking we make hay during the civic election to make sure our issues are known by the public, and known by the politicians beyond our allies Mayor Shepherd and Robert Hobson.

Westside Saturday Ride – Cyclist Route Assessment Ride

October 14, 2008

Join the British Columbia Cycling Coalition on a Cyclist Route 
Assessment Ride.

The District of Westside is developing a Cycling Master Plan.  As 
input, selected routes within the District will be assessed for 
cycling suitability.
Should a route be part of the Cycling Network or should another road 
or path be instead?
What is uncomfortable with a road from a cyclist perspective?
What needs to be improved or changed?
What cycling design features would you like to have implemented on the road?
These are some of the questions which will be asked while cycling 
these selected routes.
Now, this is your opportunity to provide your input.  Come out on your 
bicycle and join the ride.

Date Saturday, October 18, 2008
Time 9:30 am for about 4 hours
Place Parking lot at Save on Foods
1 – 2475 Dobbin Road, between Elliott Rd and Brown Rd, Westbank
Refreshments Will be provided

RSVP would be appreciated but not 
mandatory rsvp-assessmentride@thirdwavecycling.com
Thanks for participating and looking forward to seeing you at the ride
Any questions, please e-mail becker@thirdwavecycling.com

Invitation to Westside Public Consultation Workshops for Development of a Cycling Master Plan

October 2, 2008

The BCCC would like to invite you to a consultation workshop and an assessment ride, part of developing a Westside Cycling Master Plan.  We would also like to invite other cyclists to attend, as well.  We could really use your help in spreading the word.  Please feel free to forward this message and the attached invitation to anyone you feel would be interested, including cycling groups.  If it is appropriate, you may also consider posting the invitation letters and poster on your company or community bulletin boards.

The consultation will try to solicit input from wide and diverse parties from the cycling community and the general public which the Cycling Master Plan may affect.  Besides those who live or work in Westside, there are many cyclists from adjoining communities who regularly cycle in Westside who may wish to contribute their thoughts.

On Wednesday, Oct. 8th at 6:00 pm in the evening, there will be a Cyclist and Public Consultation Workshop giving cyclists and the public an opportunity to bring forth their input at the beginning of the Plan development.

On Saturday, October 18th, the British Columbia Cycling Coalition will be holding a Cyclist Route Assessment Ride allowing cyclists to voice their thoughts on cycling the roads of Westside and where they would like to see cycling facilities.

For your information, we have attached the invitation letters for the consultations and a poster for the ride.  Please use these as you see fit.

We will look forward to your participation in these two events.  Also, the project team really appreciates your effort to spread the word, especially with such short notice.

Thanks, Jack Becker

For more info on this initiative please visit: http://www.thirdwavecycling.com/westsidecmp/

Bike Walk and Roll Event

September 18, 2008

Walk and Roll Car Free Day is Sat. Sept. 27 11 am-3pm downtown this year by the Sails!!!

The cycling coalition will be there providing maps, manuals, safety tips and basic maintenance tips.

More info at : www.i-go.ca or http://www.kelowna.ca/CM/Page865.aspx

Grant

Learn to share the road or get off it

July 3, 2008

The following is one of many comments from the CBCnews.ca website accomanying to the story about the cycling fatalities in Manitoba that took the life of local resident Robert Carrier and Daniel Hurtubise from Quebec.

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2008/07/01/cyclist-accident.html

http://www.cbc.ca/canada/manitoba/story/2008/06/30/cyclists-struck.html

‘Beaconsfield Ray’ is sadly deluded like many other motorists into thinking that through the taxes he pays on gas that he fully pays for the public cost of driving. The reality is that every vehicle on the road is subsidized to the the tune of something like $6000/year. That’s how much it costs various governments to keep cars on the road AFTER taking into account all the tax revenue from gas.
I don’t think most motorists know just how much it costs society to build and maintain all those roads, especially if you include the costs of policing those roads, the court system costs when there are charges brought against drivers, or to enforce road laws, the cost of legislation, the cost of 911 services, the cost of health care related to motor vehicle accidents (it’s the leading cause of death among young people), the direct costs to government to take care of people that are permanently crippled in accidents and the lost productivity of those people that are permanently injured.

So please, please stop coming up with asinine comments like “cyclists should pay for their own road.” First of all most cyclists also drive, so they also pay gas taxes. And the cyclists that don’t drive pay more than their fair share for the roads that everyone uses.

Learn to share the road or get off it.

Cycling race movement could lead to bike lane

July 2, 2008

Doug Elmore has been advocating for a separate bike lane along Glenmore from McKinley to Lake Country.
Here is a link to a story with video. Way to go Doug!

http://www.bclocalnews.com/okanagan_similkameen/kelownacapitalnews/news/22786729.html

Guest Post – Lonely at the bike rack

July 2, 2008

Normally my bike is pretty lonely at the bike rack at the SaveOnFoods on Lakeshore. On Sunday June 30th though, I was the 5th bike to try to lock onto a 4 slot bike rack squished amongst construction materials. I called the store manager Tony Czink today and he thought it might just be kids riding on the long weekend. I pointed out how many more people are biking to work nowadays, and that the phenomenon is likely to last with raising gas prices and global warming concerns. He promised to speak to his construction guys (they are renovating) and see if they can put in a bigger bike rack.

On another happy note, 8 bike commuters to my office today. Interior Health Staff at the Capri 2nd Floor site rock.

Cathy Richards

bikepaddlesing@yahoo.ca

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