Terrace Students Call on City to Improve Bike Safety

John Crawford
06/17/2019

Bycycle safety was on the minds of a group of Skeena Middle School students Friday --- as they biked to City Hall to present some ideas to council.

The kids --- and their teacher --- attended Council's Committee of the Whole meeting, with suggestions for making the streets safer for everyone.

Bike-Safety-presentation-Jun-14-2019-1.jpg

The students have been doing research on bike safety for the last month.

Their teacher -- Trygve Sort -- says, while the provincial government is urging people to use pedal power, rather than driving to work or school, many of his students worry about their safety. 

"Last year, we did a Bike to School Week, and talking to a lot of the students, I found out that they had safety concerns; a lot of our cyclists come from within the Horseshoe area, but the students up on the bench and Thornhill and the South Side talk about their safety concerns and how they don't bike because of those safety concerns," he explained.

Bike-Safety-Trigve-Sort-Jun-14-2019-1.jpg
[PHOTO:   Trygve Sort (Skeena Middle School teacher) --  FRANK LANDRY CFTK]

The students told the mayor and council that it's time to take a hard look at ways of making the city safer for cycling.

Luke McGee says, not only would it improve safety, it would also be better for the environment, saying "we want people to use more biking than to use more cars so that we can reduce Global Warming and we can help the environment."

Bike-Safety-Luke-McGee-Nathan-Whitford-Kai-Janzen-Jun-14-2019-2.jpg
[PHOTO:  Skeena Middle School students Luke McGee, Nathan Whitford, Kai Janzen at City Hall -- FRANK LANDRY CFTK]
 

Of particular concern was narrow and winding Lanfear Hill -- but there are other problem areas too -- and  Kai Janzen saying the area right in front of City Hall is a good example.

He said " even on the main road, straight down here, have a bike lane."

Student Nathan Whitford agreed, adding "on the way over here, most of everybody had to either ride on the road, or on the sidewalk and if you're riding on the road, you're going to get hit, you're riding on the sidewalk you're going to run someone over."

Nathan had his own close call recently when a vehicle clipped his bike near the four-way stop at Thornhill and sent him hurtling into a tree.

His bike came back in two pieces -- and he chose to walk to City Hall Friday.

Mayor Carol Leclerc said the recommendations would be referred back to city staff for consideration.

She was also impressed with the thoroughness of the students' presentation:  "I have to say that it's really nice to have these students come and they're community changers, I think by doing a presentation like this that we've made the recommendations put over to council and in time we will see some changes because of their presentation."

The students noted that Prince George recently received $350,000 through a Bike BC grant, and suggested the City of Terrace explore that avenue as well. 

Bike-Safety-presentation-Jun-14-2019-2.jpg

Use of this Website assumes acceptance of Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy
© 2019     All rights reserved
2018 Bell Media