A Safe Cycling Statement

2022-10-22
 
Velo NB would like to express their condolences to the families and friends of the two cyclists killed by motorists in the past two weeks, one in Moncton and the other in Saint John. These are not isolated incidents, accidents and fatalities involving cyclists have been all to frequent on our New Brunswick roads. This does not even take into account the near misses that cyclists are subject to while trying to enjoy our roadways they are entitled to use. Whether its print or social media the lack of understanding of laws governing our roads by the general public is sadly lacking. Improvements are needed both in driver education programs for new drivers and ongoing public education.
 
A growing interest in Active Transportation which turned into a surge during the COVID pandemic has not been matched by all communities in New Brunswick with investments in AT infrastructure. Six years after the death of Ellen Watters which resulted in Ellens Law little has been accomplished by the provincial government in the way of educating the public on the rights of cyclists to use roadways, providing a strong regulatory framework under the Motor Vehicle Act to support safe cycling, or investments in improving Active Transportation.
 
Velo NB have repeatedly stated that New Brunswicker’s who are out cycling are improving their physical and mental health and providing benefits to the environment by reducing greenhouse gases by taking cars off the road. This increase in cycling has been aided by the accelerating growth and usage of E-Bikes. The provincial government and local governments need to acknowledge this growth with increased investments in AT infrastructure and strong regulations to improve safety for cyclists and other vulnerable road users.
 
What needs to be done;
1/ Establish a print and social media campaign to be run each year to educate drivers on their responsibilities regarding road safety with respect to cyclists and vulnerable road users. A campaign which ran after the tragic death of Ellen Watters was sadly discontinued two years after she passed away. The province should instruct Driver Training Programs to include a section on driver responsibilities and safety concerns around cyclists and vulnerable road users. Driver exams should include sections on cyclist safety.
 
2/ Velo NB needs to be listened to in our discussions with the Department of Public Safety. The recommendations we have made in our meetings with the provincial government over the past six years which would provide a higher standard of safety on our roads are often dismissed out of hand by civil servants. We never need to hear again from a Minister of Public Safety that “cycling safety is a low priority”.
 
3/ New Brunswick does very little to educate drivers that we have Ellens Law in effect in this province. The education program for both New Brunswicker’s and tourists entering this province should include billboards notifying drivers that 1 metre of space has to be given to cyclists when passing them on roadways. An increase in signage is needed throughout the province reminding drivers that a 1 metre law is in effect and that roads are to be shared.
 
WHAT CAN YOU DO AS AN INDIVIDUAL
Call or email your MLA to ask for action on implementing new regulations under the Motor Vehicle Act and ask for improved investments in Active Transportation, and driver education campaigns.
 

Canada Games Manager Posistion

Velo NB is seeking individuals to join Team New Brunswick on their journey to the upcoming 202 Canada Games in the Niagara Region! We have an immediate need for a Road and MTB Team Managers, and we will be accepting applications for the role. See details below.

In preparation for Niagara 2022, our New Brunswick team has been training to build strength and endurance, sharpening their skills and learning strategy, nutrition, and recovery. Their progress and achievements are only possible with guidance and support from families, friends, teammates, the manager, mechanics, and coaches.

This year, Rémi Mantion (MTB) and Gregory Lapalud (road) will be guiding our athletes along the way to the Niagara Region. Preparation with another fantastic team of athletes is well underway, on the journey to Canada Games 2022. Please let us know if you or someone you know is interested in joining Team NB in this rewarding role as Manager.

These are the people that make our team a success. Hop on, and Ride With Us!

More Canada Games info, or contact us at info@velo.nb.ca

Manager Responsibilities


Velo NB est à la recherche de personnes pour se joindre à l’équipe du Nouveau-Brunswick dans le cadre de son voyage aux prochains Jeux du Canada 202 dans la région de Niagara ! Nous avons un besoin immédiat de gestionnaires d’équipe pour la route et le vélo de montagne, et nous accepterons les candidatures pour ce rôle. Voir les détails ci-dessous.

En préparation pour Niagara 2022, notre équipe du Nouveau-Brunswick s’est entraînée pour développer sa force et son endurance, affiner ses compétences et apprendre la stratégie, la nutrition et la récupération. Leurs progrès et leurs réalisations ne sont possibles que grâce aux conseils et au soutien des familles, des amis, des coéquipiers, du gérant, des mécaniciens et des entraîneurs.

Cette année, Rémi Mantion (VTT) et Gregory Lapalud (route) guideront nos athlètes sur le chemin de la région du Niagara. La préparation avec une autre équipe fantastique d’athlètes est en cours, en route vers les Jeux du Canada 2022. Veuillez nous faire savoir si vous ou quelqu’un que vous connaissez est intéressé à se joindre à Équipe NB dans ce rôle enrichissant de gestionnaire.

Ce sont les personnes qui font de notre équipe un succès. Montez à bord et roulez avec nous !

Plus d’information sur les Jeux du Canada, ou contactez-nous à info@velo.nb.ca.


Responsabilités du gérant

Velo NB and Velo Canada are looking for volunteers for the 2022 Pedal Poll.

Building on the success of 2021, volunteers stationed in Moncton and Fredericton will observe cyclists pass by, collecting valuable data on who is biking and where. This years Pedal Poll/Sondo Vélo will take place between June 7th and 12th. 

Join us and invite others to participate in Pedal Poll/Sondo Vélo, Canada’s National cyclist count! We will provide instructions for communities to collect data so it can be compared regionally, nationally, and internationally.

https://www.velocanadabikes.org/pedalpoll/getinvolved/volunteer/

The Pedal Poll/Sondo Vélo looks to identify who is cycling and where they are cycling. We look to see were people are riding, who is riding them, and how many people are cycling. The National Active Transportation Strategy is supporting more infrastructure in our communities. This infrastructure should be enabling more people to ride; safe and happy. To make sure we get the most of this investment, we need to know who is using it. Because what gets measured matters.

Pedal Poll/Sondo Vélo helps us learn about how diverse Canadians experience cycling by including communities that may get traditionally overlooked from info gathering and infrastructure improvements. We know women and racialized people are disproportionately excluded from cycling. One step toward inclusion is to measure what is currently happening. We know New Brunswick is a diverse province and we want to see who is riding here.

For more information visit the Velo Canada Pedal site. You can also find the results of the 2021 Pedal Poll. https://www.velocanadabikes.org/pedalpoll/