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Cyclists rally for safer campus access

A new group of students has come together to hold a rally at UBCO in the ongoing battle to secure safe cycling access for the campus.

Fourth-year student Graham Campbell says he and friends Kait Bahl, Naomi Glaish and Mallory Hewlko commute year-round over the treacherous fly-over and want someone in government to find mitigating ways to improve the entry point until funds for a proper trail can be found.

“Lots of people smoke by you and they’re inches away from your shoulder,” said Campbell.

He noted there is only a narrow sliver of space on the bridge into the campus for cyclists to ride on.

Access to the campus is a long-running problem that’s seen two legal battles crop up.

One with residents on an alleged private road over access via the Curtis Road loop in Glenmore.

The other is over access to the rail line for the city to continue it’s multi-phase Rails With Trails project.

The students have invited MLA Norm Letnick, MP Ron Cannan, and Mayor Sharon Shepherd to join the event.

Having met with the Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition, the group says they are interested in some new signs which would light up when a cyclist is on the bridge to alert motorists and have a suggestion to reduce the height on the median to widen the shoulder.

The rally will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 25, at UBCO in the main courtyard, beginning with a barbecue followed by the ride.

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