250 News - Your News, Your Views, Now

October 28, 2017 4:09 am

Bike To Work Week Underway

Monday, May 25, 2015 @ 9:02 AM

2015-05-25 07.31.23

Stephanie Mynen displays  the Bike to Work Week T-shirt she  purchased – photos 250News

Prince George, B.C.- Bike to Work Week   is up and wheeling, with Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall welcoming cyclists to a kick off breakfast at  City Hall this morning.

This year’s event is the largest yet, with more than 500 riders having registered to take part. Those taking part are encouraged to keep track of the routes and kilometers travelled. That information can prove invaluable when trying to convince City Council there is a need for a new bike lane in a particular area.20150525_075718

“Look at North Nechako Road” says Mayor Hall “We had a group of folks come to Council and say ‘We need to have this type of opportunity on North Nechako’, so, through granting opportunities through various levels of government, we were able to do that ( add a bike lane.)

Although Prince George has had an active transportation plan for some time, it just hasn’t really been fully adopted. The result, says Kyrke Gaudreau, Director of Urban Cycling for the P.G. Cycling Club, is that there are some bike lanes, but no connectivity. “If you are travelling west on 5th Avenue and get to Central, well, you’re at a major intersection (with Highway 97) and the bike lane doesn’t continue on the west side of that intersection. So, you have to go over to 8th Avenue to carry on.”

Gaudreau says another issue for cyclists in Prince George is the lack of bike racks.   He says the Downtown Business Improvement Area is trying to place more bike racks in the downtown core, “Encouraging cyclists to come to the downtown core is a key component in revitalization of a core area”.

During the week, the P.G. Cycling Club will be selling T-shirts, and handing out daily prize packs.


It would be nice when repaving or fixing roads to “stop” putting in those curbs. It is dangerous for bikers and snow plow drivers

There should be no parking on Victoria street or no bicycles. There is not enough room for both.

I agree duffer, that’s why you see so many bikes riding on the sidewalk – which is even more dangerous because you step out of a building and bam. That said, it seems to be a certain type of biker that does that. The spandex warriors tend to ride on the road and take their chances.

Statistically, cyclists live longer than car commuters, and yet, statistically, they are more likely to be injured or killed while commuting – than a car commuter. The reason – the increase in health and life expectancy experienced by a bike commuter because of the exercise more than offsets the mortality experienced by being in a vulnerable position on the road.

Lots of people would start biking if they made bike lanes in and out of the city. Away from all the traffic. There is not reason the lanes could not be shared. As pointed out earlier here only a handful of roads are safe to bike on. And even there traffic pulls over and blocks them off to talk on their cell phones.

I wonder about that X-it. I was in Vancouver a couple of weeks ago and they have separated bike lanes, and they were far from being used to capacity. Really difficult to justify that kind of expenditure in an area with best case 6 months of riding weather.

Hate to say it, but generally PG is pretty good for cycling. In Langley, lots of bike lanes, but it’s ride ride, stop for traffic light, over and over again. here’ you can ride from downtown to Ness Lake – 3 traffic lights.

The biggest pet peeve I have in this area – is shoulders not being swept of gravel, which forces cyclists to venture onto the road, and bike lanes not being repaired. At the top of foothills the shoulder is unrideable – forcing cyclists into the street, and even my reports to city hall have made no difference – and it’s been like this for years.

I will say this, riding from Ness Lake to town, I have had few incidents with vehicles – 99.99% are respectful – when I rode a motorcycle – each day had a near death story to tell.

Lots of logging trucks are going to be coming down the chief lake road in about a month from now. That road is narrow and on the corners you had better get of as far as you can. There may even be some hay racks. Good luck to you.

On ospika where there is a marked bike lane vehicles are allowed to park in this lane so its no longer a bike lane.

In Abbotsford we have a parking lane and the a bike lane next to the traffic lane. Vehicles are not allowed to park where there is only a bike lane.

I road a bike in PG for many years long before there was any thought of bike lanes and I always found the vehicle traffic to be very accommodating. remember a bike has the same privilege on the street as a motor car.

Wonder what makes riders ride three abreast, ignoring traffic. Saw this on Ospika today. Yeah, I know, we’re supposed to accommodate them, but not when they swerve in to traffic, go through stop signs etc.
Retired, I used to ride bike here too, after a few close calls gave it up.

Rights and duties of operator of cycle

183 (1) In addition to the duties imposed by this section, a person operating a cycle on a highway has the same rights and duties as a driver of a vehicle.

(2) A person operating a cycle

(a) must not ride on a sidewalk unless authorized by a bylaw made under section 124 or unless otherwise directed by a sign,

(b) must not, for the purpose of crossing a highway, ride on a crosswalk unless authorized to do so by a bylaw made under section 124 or unless otherwise directed by a sign,

(c) must, subject to paragraph (a), ride as near as practicable to the right side of the highway,

(d) must not ride abreast of another person operating a cycle on the roadway,

(e) must keep at least one hand on the handlebars,

(f) must not ride other than on or astride a regular seat of the cycle,

(g) must not use the cycle to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped, and

(h) must not ride a cycle on a highway where signs prohibit their use.

(3) Nothing in subsection (2) (c) requires a person to ride a cycle on any part of a highway that is not paved.

(4) Despite section 165, a person operating a cycle who intends to turn it to the left at an intersection where there is more than one lane from which left turns are permitted must

(a) cause the cycle to approach the intersection in the lane closest to the right side of the highway from which a left turn is permitted,

(b) keep the cycle to the right of the line that divides the lane referred to in paragraph (a) from the lane immediately to the left of that lane,

(c) after entering the intersection, turn the cycle to the left so that it will leave the intersection to the right of the line referred to in paragraph (b), and

(d) when practicable, turn the cycle in the portion of the intersection to the left of the centre of the intersection.

(5) A person must not ride a cycle, skate board, roller skates, in-line roller skates, sled, play vehicle or other similar means of conveyance when it is attached by the arm and hand of the rider or otherwise to a vehicle on a highway.

(6) A cycle operated on a highway between 1/2 hour after sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise must have the following equipment:

(a) a lighted lamp mounted on the front and under normal atmospheric conditions capable of displaying a white light visible at least 150 m in the direction the cycle is pointed;

(b) a red reflector of a make or design approved by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia for the purposes of this section;

(c) a lighted lamp, mounted and visible to the rear, displaying a red light.

(7) Despite any other provision of this Act or the regulations, a cycle may be equipped with a flashing red light that is of a make or design approved by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia for the purposes of this section.

(8) A cycle operated on a highway must be equipped with a brake that will enable the person operating the cycle to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level and clean pavement.

(9) If an accident occurs by which a person or property is injured, directly or indirectly, owing to the presence or operation of a cycle on a highway or a sidewalk, the person in charge of the cycle must

(a) remain at or immediately return to the scene of the accident,

(b) render all possible assistance, and

(c) give to anyone sustaining loss or injury his or her name and address and the name and address of the owner of the cycle, and if the cycle has been licensed and registered, the licence or registration number of the cycle.

(10-13) [Repealed 2008-42-83.]

(14) A person must not operate a cycle

(a) on a highway without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the highway, or

(b) on a sidewalk without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the sidewalk.

(15) If a person is convicted of an offence under this Act in respect of his or her riding or operating a cycle, the court may, in addition to or in place of any penalty otherwise prescribed, order the cycle seized, and on the expiry of that period the person entitled to it may again have possession of the cycle.

(16) For the purpose of seizing and impounding a cycle under an order made under subsection (15), a peace officer may enter any place or building in which the cycle is located.

(17) A person operating a cycle on a highway must signify

(a) a left turn by extending the person’s left hand and arm horizontally from the cycle,

(b) a right turn by doing either of the following:

(i) extending the person’s left hand and arm out and upward from the cycle so that the upper and lower parts of the arm are at right angles;

(ii) extending the person’s right hand and arm horizontally from the cycle, and

(c) a stop or decrease in speed by extending the person’s left hand and arm out and down from the cycle.

Bike lanes taking up road space in a town that has half a year of no biking. deep ingestion of roadside dust and exhaust.

Unless you live within the bowl, biking to work is downright dangerous. Our city has not been set up for cyclists, which is unfortunate. Whether you try to commute from the Hart, College Heights, Blackburn or Miworth you best have your wits about you on a bike. Narrow or nonexistant shoulders, bike lanes which abruptly disappear, poor asphalt conditions, distracted/speeding drivers all contribute to making cycling a hazzard. I applaud those who do it, so long as they obey the rules of the road. Much more needs to be done here to make it practical. To those who ride at night with no lights, no helmet and no regard for rules of the road…. you will become a statistic and someone will expect sympathy for your stupidity.

Comments for this article are closed.