Petition bringing signage to Barnhartvale Road warning of cyclists

The city will take steps to improve safety along Barnhartvale Road after hearing concerns from cyclists.

Coun. Dale Bass said the city will install signage to identify the shared roadway and/or warn drivers to be cautious of cyclists.

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In addition, it will add to a city engagement group representatives of the cycling community.

“It was a good discussion and some immediate things have come from it,” Bass told KTW.

A group met with the city on Wednesday after launching a Change.org petition for safety improvements to Barnhartvale Road. Residents called for bike/pedestrian lanes, wider shoulder or a dividing line, arguing such upgrades should coincide with a city repaving project, which is beginning this week.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the petition calling for safety improvements garnered nearly 4,000 online signatures.

Bass took part in the meeting alongside Mayor Ken Christian and said some of the stories she heard were “awful,” including a cyclist clipped by a police vehicle and another getting yelled at by a motorist.

Bass said the city advised of plans for Todd Road, which will include biking infrastructure and challenges in widening Barnhartvale Road, due to the need to purchase private property, as the city does not own easements in the area.

The new measures fall short of calls in the petition. However, Bass said the group understood and discussion turned to improving safety.

As a result, signage will be installed along Barnhartvale Road once the road repaving project is completed.

Bass said a similar measure helped in another area of town, which saw issues with wildlife.

In addition, the mayor will apparently be discussing with staff the addition of cyclists into the Healthy Kamloops engagement group, which provides feedback and works beneath a council committee.

Bass said it will give cyclists a voice at the table.

“So that their concerns are heard, well before we start the work,” Bass said.

KTW has reached out to both Mayor Ken Christian and representatives of the petition for comment.

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