"Changing Lanes" conference inspired by growth of bike commuting,
concerns of Canadians
VANCOUVER, May 24, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Automobile
Association is bringing drivers, cyclists and experts together for a
one-day national conference to discuss ways to enable cyclists and
drivers to get along better on Canada's roadways.
Canadians, including the 5.6 million members of CAA coast-to-coast, are
faced with the challenges of bike-car coexistence, whether they are
behind the wheel or behind their handlebars. The "Changing Lanes"
conference will provide a forum for dialogue, focusing on solutions to
make the relationship safer and better for all.
"Across the country, communities of all sizes are grappling with
infrastructure, education and safety issues as more bikes, cars and
transit vehicles co-exist on Canada's roadways. There is and will be
enormous pressure placed on our transportation infrastructure, and
Canadian cities need to prepare," said Jeff Walker, CAA vice president
of public affairs. "We believe there are important lessons to be
learned from experts who work on these issues here in Canada and
internationally, and we want to facilitate a conversation about how we
move forward together."
According to a poll conducted for the CAA by Harris/Decima Research, 33%
of Canadians said they would consider switching to a bicycle to commute
at least part of the time. However, in the same survey, 55% also said
they don't feel safe biking on Canada's roads - and that the number one
issue for them was the lack of infrastructure to accommodate cyclists.
"Changing Lanes: Improving the Bike-Car Relationship on Canada's Roads"
will be held next Wednesday, May 25th in Vancouver in cooperation with the British Columbia Automobile
Association (BCAA). The conference will be webcast, including a feature
to allow out-of-town participants to ask questions.
Leading national and international speakers including city planners,
transportation experts, cycling advocates, and business representatives
will discuss the latest thinking on infrastructure, safety and the
opportunities and costs for business arising from changing
"Our members have clearly told us that this is an issue of concern to
them. As we move towards more sustainable forms of transportation, it's
critical to ensure both the services and education people need to
travel safely are easily available," Walker said.
CAA has long been an advocate for the safety and infrastructure concerns
of its members. Several CAA clubs, including BCAA, offer Bike Assist -
emergency roadside assistance for bicycle breakdowns - as part of their
basic membership package.
An agenda and list of speakers for the Changing Lanes conference is
attached. Further information, including how to access the webcast, is
at CAA.ca/changing lanes.
CAA is a federation of nine clubs providing more than 5.6 million
members with exceptional emergency roadside service, complete
automotive and travel services, member savings and comprehensive
insurance services. CAA also advocates on issues of concern to its
members, including road safety, the environment, mobility,
infrastructure and consumer protection.
For further information:
Public Relations Officer CAA-Quebec
514-861-7111 ext. 3210
Manager of Public Affairs CAA