Going to need some cooperation from drivers and cyclists with Bike to Work week starting tomorrow.
ICBC Community and Road Safety Manager, Ingrid Brakop says they want to give a heads up to drivers and cyclists that they need to cooperate and share the road.
“Pay attention to your surroundings, focus on your driving, and be patient with one another. Allow everybody the opportunity to get to their destination safely.”
Brakop says, they’re reminding people of how important that message is.
“In the Southern Interior on average, there are about 160 cyclists that are injured every year. And about 3 people lose their lives every year as a result of vehicle/ cycling collisions. So of course, we’d like to bring these numbers down to zero.”
To make bikers more visible to drivers, City of Kamloops Transportation Engineer, Elnaz Ansari says, they’ve painted green bikes lanes in Valleyview at the Highland intersection, and Hugh Allen Drive near Pacific Way.
“The green paint, we’re going to be using mostly at locations where there is a higher conflict situation between cyclists and vehicles.”
Bike to Work Week this year kicks off tomorrow, and runs until June 3rd.