Not only did a Barnhartvale cyclist get his request for the City to write a provincial ministry about better road maintenance fulfilled, but he got thanked, too.
William Armstrong wrote council asking for a letter to go to the highways minister calling for more frequent roadside maintenance to the Trans-Canada Highway.
Armstrong commutes downtown on his bike and has found gravel buildup along the road shoulder to be a hazard.
Coun. Nancy Bepple, who has been pedalling around town herself this summer, agreed.
“I concur with his assessment. That gravel can be a danger to cyclists,” she told council Tuesday.
Often when she cycled along the edge of a highway, half of the shoulder was covered with gravel. If a strong rain falls, the problem gets even worse, she said.
Bepple moved a motion to write the minister of highways, with a copy to Kamloops-North Thompson MLA Terry Lake and the Tk’emlups Indian Band, as it shares some highways with the City. The letter to highways would ask a review of the gravel-clearing policy, which Armstrong said is every 120 days.
Council voted unanimously in support.
Then Coun. Donovan Cavers, also a cyclist, moved that a letter of thanks be sent to Armstrong for raising the issue. It, too, passed unanimously.