For better or for worst - thousands of B.C. drivers lend their voice to BCAA's "Worst Roads" campaign

Drivers have until May 24 to "nominate" a road for the dubious distinction of being B.C.'s worst

BURNABY, BC, May 18 /CNW/ - Thousands of B.C. drivers have responded to a call by the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) to take part in the first ever "Worst Roads" campaign by identifying the road or highway that they believe is most in need of improvements. To date, over 3,500 British Columbians have cast their vote and 431 roads have been nominated for the title of B.C.'s 'worst road'.

BCAA Members and other B.C. residents have until May 24, 2011 to vote and become part of the "Worst Roads" campaign. You can nominate your 'worst road' by visiting www.bcaa.com/worstroads , or by completing a ballot at any BCAA location. One vote per person, please.

"This campaign provides a platform for British Columbians to voice their concerns about deteriorating, unsafe or inefficient roads in their communities," says BCAA President & Chief Executive Officer Tim Condon. "The tremendous response from BCAA Members and other drivers is an indication that many roads across the province may have been overlooked for maintenance and are in desperate need of repair or redesign."

To date, the top ten, leading Worst Roads in B.C. are:

  1. Ospika Blvd S,  Prince George
  2. Enderby Mabel Lake Rd, Enderby
  3. Pattullo Bridge, Surrey
  4. Harris Rd, Saturna Island
  5. Hope Princeton Hwy
  6. Silver Star Rd, Vernon
  7. Westside Rd, Falkland
  8. Pacific Rim Hwy
  9. George Massey Tunnel, Richmond
  10. North Nechako Rd, Prince George

At the close of voting on May 24th, the results will be tabulated and a list of B.C.'s Top 20 'Worst Roads' will be published featuring the most voted-for roads in the province. BCAA will also share detailed results with municipalities and the provincial Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to ensure they are aware of drivers' concerns, and to find out how they are planning to improve B.C.'s problem roads and highways.

"Poor road conditions affect us all through increased vehicle repair costs, wasted time spent in congestion or by creating unsafe conditions for drivers, cyclists and other road users," says Condon. "BCAA encourages all B.C. drivers to nominate a 'worst road' and help us advocate for better, safer roads."

In Ontario, where CAA has been running a "Worst Roads" campaign since 2003, over 90 per cent of the Top 20 "Worst Roads" have either been fixed or slated for repairs in the near future.

For the purposes of the survey, a 'worst road' is defined as any piece of paved infrastructure—including a bridge or tunnel—that is in need of repair, has damaging potholes, needs resurfacing, is unsafe and contributes to frequent accidents, or is often heavily congested. Roads that are poorly designed or too narrow for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to share safely also qualify as a 'worst road'. Voting closes on May 24, 2011.

About BCAA
BCAA strives to deliver an amazing experience to its 790,000 members, providing peace-of-mind and meeting their automotive, road travel and insurance needs. BCAA is the largest organization of its kind in B.C., with $400 million in gross annual sales and a Member in one-in-four B.C. households. In addition to receiving award winning roadside assistance and insurance services, Members can also take advantage of CAA dollar rewards, insurance discounts and the Member exclusive Show Your Card & Save program. To learn more about BCAA's benefits, services and advocacy, visit www.bcaa.com.

SOURCE British Columbia Automobile Association

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For further information, or to request an interview, please contact:

Niela Melanio
BCAA Public Affairs Advisor
Office: 604-268-5342 (M-F between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
Cell: 778-228-8859 (any time)
Email: niela.melanio@bcaa.com


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