Cyclists are in for a smoother ride on Kamloops roads following a pilot project retrofitting cattle guards along Westsyde and East Shuswap roads.
Following a request from Interior Grasslands Cycling Club, the Ministry of Transportation launched a pilot project by adding 100-millimetre-wide strips on three cattle guards on Westsyde Road, north of Kamloops, to improve safety on those crossings.
The ministry then expanded the initiative and retrofitted three cattle guards on East Shuswap Road, extending the running strips width to 150 mm on the two-lane paved road along the north shore of the South Thompson River.
“These cycling strips along Westsyde Road and East Shuswap Road have made a tremendous improvement to long distance cycling by creating a safer and more enjoyable outing for everyone of all abilities riding all types of bicycles,” Interior Grasslands Cycling Club director Mike Stewart-Smith said in a release.
Another seven cattle guards are planned to be retrofitted with 150-mm running strips by the end of June along East Shuswap Road, according to the ministry, which noted the pilot project has the support of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation and the local cycling community.