Letter: Kamloops should jump on grants for cycling routes

Editor:

Cycling is very popular throughout the Western world — providing inexpensive transportation, reducing city congestion and cutting down on carbon emissions.

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The key requirement in getting people out of their vehicles and onto bicycles is tthe provision of safe routes across cities.

Kamloops has built, and continues to build, significant cycling infrastructure for safe cycling for Sahali and Aberdeen, but the remainder of the city has gone begging.

Most of today’s cycling in Kamloops is in or near the valley bottom, despite the road conditions.

Some project suggestions include making Schubert Drive a cycle-first, vehicle-second street, widening and resurfacing Rivers Trail from Westmount to the Westsyde dyke, surfacing the dyke and installing lighting, widening street shoulders on Ord Road, Parkcrest Avenueand Tranquille Road and providing an off-highway link between Valleyview and Dallas.

The federal government is offering grant money for this very thing; hopefully, the city will demonstrate its skills in this regard.

Glen Baber

Kamloops

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