Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)

Canadian Automobile Association (CAA)
British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA)

British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA)

May 25, 2011 15:00 ET

Ample Opportunity for Progress on the Bike-Car Relationship in Canada

CAA to develop free web tool on driver-cyclist safety for all Canadian driver training schools

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - May 25, 2011) - Better infrastructure, more emphasis on driver and cyclist safety, and increased dialogue are the three ingredients for progress on the bike-car relationship, panellists said today at a national conference organized by the Canadian Automobile Association.

Changing Lanes: Improving the Bike-Car Relationship on Canada's Roads was organized by CAA in conjunction with the British Columbia Automobile Association (BCAA) to tackle these issues. Over 100 national and international speakers and participants debated infrastructure, safety and business topics.

"We are in the early stages of an issue that every jurisdiction in Canada will need to deal with," said Jeff Walker, CAA vice president of public affairs. "We are learning from experts in Canada and internationally where the gaps are, where best practices can be found, and how to implement change in a constructive way".

Video proceedings of the conference will be made available in the coming days at CAA.ca/changinglanes. CAA will also be producing text materials for the public and experts based on the discussions.

As part of its commitment to improving the bike-car relationship, CAA is developing a web learning tool for driving schools across the country, to educate drivers on how to deal with bicycles on the road, as well as a new web learning tool for cyclists that offers short tutorials on the rules of the road, signalling and safety equipment. It is aimed both at beginning cyclists and those who feel they need a refresher before heading out on the road.

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.

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