Highway Speed Limits in BC up for Review
Come this November, the BC Government will be seeking public input for speed limits on longer stretches of provincial highways between communities. Public input will be considered along with a technical review that is already underway, which includes the evaluation of current BC highway travel speeds, safety history, volume and mix of traffic.
The government is also looking for public input on how to reduce the risk of wildlife-related crashes on rural provincial highways, as well as how to ensure the safe movement of slower vehicles while improving the efficiency of the highways affected.
There will be several ways to make your opinions known, including through social media and online feedback. Public forums will be held in Kamloops, Chilliwack, Nanaimo, Prince George, Dawson Creek, Vancouver, Kelowna, and Cranbrook, with additional communities added if required.
The government will also be seeking input from the Union of B.C. Municipalities, ICBC, police, and other key stakeholders. A strategy for implementing recommendations from this review is slated to begin early spring of 2014.
For specific information on issues that the BC Government would like public input around, please see Public To Have Say In BC Highway Speed-Limit Review by Kate Trotter, Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure (October 4, 2013).
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