From the perspective of a cycling advocate, the BC transportation system seems set up for the automobile. Protective laws that are in place for pedestrians and bicyclists convey an intention to protect people walking and riding a bike. However, these same protective laws often appear to have a bias towards the convenience of a motor vehicle; the active traveller an afterthought.
Best practice physical infrastructure for people getting around other than a car, is providing a way to bring equality back into our transportation system. The Comox Valley Cycling Coalition is advocating for just that. It is a process that inevitably deals with current politics and policy, cultural beliefs and our human resistance to change.
In the meantime, the individual venturing out in the community as a pedestrian, riding a bike, or getting around on a mobility scooter must bear the “lion’s share” for personal safety. Our goal today is to remind you about a few personal safety tips for the winter months still ahead – be visible, winterize your equipment and stay warm, dry, and safe.