Kamloops council should have passed Coun. Arjun Singh’s motion last week that called for the city to merely look into the feasibility and practicality of accelerating active-transportation projects.
There was no commitment to spend money now on projects such as improved cycling lanes. The request was that city staff look into the issue. There is no harm is investigating budgets and timelines without committing to any decisions until further notice.
At the heart of what Singh called an omnibus motion is the city’s fragmented cycling network, which he correctly argued is in need of improvement. Singh had previously mused about a pathway throughout the city, connecting Thompson Rivers University and other areas of town and including landmarks and points of interest.
Construction of the Xget’tem Trail joining downtown to Sahali is an excellent example of a link that was desperately needed. And there are many other areas that could use similar connections.
Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Singh’s defeated motion was the idea of a community fundraising campaign to accelerate active transportation.
Kamloops is home to thousands of people who use Rivers Trail, Xget’tem Trail and designated bike lanes throughout the community.
If benefactors are willing to donate to other campaigns — from the cultural to the medical — why wouldn’t they be willing to pony up to help accelerate these much-needed projects?
Yes, there are many other projects vying for the city’s finite budget dollars, but the motion that was defeated last week was one that would have cost the city nothing but some imagination.