A Barnhartvale cyclist who commutes to downtown wants the City to make it safer for riders on the shoulder of the East Trans-Canada Highway.
In a letter addressed to council, William Armstrong wrote that the gravel and sand are accumulating on the road shoulder, creating a danger for cyclists and their narrow bike tires.
"As an avid cyclist who commutes between Barnhartvale and downtown Kamloops, I would like City council to recognize the need for a completely cleaned, paved surface road cyclists can utilize between Valleyview and Dallas," he wrote.
"The shoulder of the Trans-Canada Highway is the only direct option available and contrary to the opinion of the Kamloops streets supervisor, this road surface is not being acceptably maintained."
Armstrong said he watched news reports this summer of cyclists being struck and killed, as well as stories of the increase in danger from distracted drivers.
He has contacted the Ministry of Highways about thick buildup of sand on the roadside, but the job was only half done, he said in his letter.
"While this may be under the control of the Ministry of Highways, Kamloops council can take an active role in representing residents' safety by requesting increased maintenance and supervision," he concluded.
Armstrong's letter is included in council's agenda package for the regular Tuesday meeting.