“Cruise with Courtesy” Initiative Fosters Patience and Respect Among All Road Users

Sep 17, 2014

MEDIA RELEASE

Victoria, BC–
Patience and mutual respect on our streets will make travelling around the capital region more enjoyable for everyone. This fall, the Capital Regional District (CRD) is delivering this message through the Cruise with Courtesy initiative as part of the educational mandate of the District’s Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan, which is aimed at increasing active transportation. Implementation of the Plan is supported by the Federal Gas Tax Fund.

The CRD is encouraging residents to stay focused when on the road, observe all traffic laws and be predictable by travelling in a straight line and signalling and yielding when changing lanes or turning. Cruise with Courtesy aims to raise awareness that bicycles and motor vehicles are both considered vehicles under the BC Motor Vehicle Act.

“Everyone has a role to play. Whether on a bike or behind the wheel, everyone has the same rights and responsibilities on the road. It’s important to be predictable and follow the rules of the road,” said Barb Desjardin, Chair of the CRD Planning and Protective Services Committee.

The Cruise with Courtesy initiative emphasizes that travelling will be safer and more enjoyable if all road users communicate using eye contact, are patient, cooperative, and “take the high road” by forgiving one another if mistakes are made. Cruise with Courtesy will be part of Bike to Work Day events October 8, where residents can meet “Captain Courtesy”, make a pledge and enter for a prize draw.

The federal Gas Tax Fund provides predictable, long-term funding to municipalities to help build and rehabilitate infrastructure. Through the Fund alone, the federal government provides over $253 million dollars annually for municipal infrastructure in British Columbia.

“Our Government is proud to support initiatives through the federal Gas Tax Fund that promote active transportation and contribute to safer streets throughout the Capital Regional District,” said John Weston,
Member of Parliament for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country. “Cooperation and mutual respect will go a long way in making our streets enjoyable for all users.”

“Raising awareness and knowledge of road safety is a benefit to everyone. Through our partnership in the Gas Tax Fund, the Government of BC is proud to support the Cruise with Courtesy initiative, aimed at encouraging cooperation and traffic law compliance among drivers and cyclists to enhance the safety of our roads in the Capital Regional District,” said The Honourable Coralee Oakes, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development.

For more information on the Cruise with Courtesy initiative or to take the pledge to be eligible for great prizes visit www.crd.bc.ca/cruise

Additional Information:

-30-

For media inquiries, please contact:

Vincent Rabault
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and
Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec
613.943.1838

Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Communications
250.953.3677

Jennifer Black
Active Transportation Program Manager
CRD Regional & Strategic Planning
250.360.3123

Paul Taylor
Director of Communications
UBCM
250.356.2938

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1.877.250.7154
media@infc.gc.ca