LETTER: Loose gravel poses hazard to cyclists

There is a serious question of why near the Sunnyside trailer park the road shoulder becomes loose gravel.

Local pothole watchdog R. Johnson is ever vigilant.

The highways ministry has done some great things towards improving the safety of cyclists by providing some wider areas on the public roadways.

But there is a serious question of why near the Sunnyside trailer park the road shoulder becomes loose gravel. This for safety must be graded smooth and should be sealed with asphalt-type hardening materials which will serve two purposes: better safety for cyclists and prevention from the water entering the road surface under the blacktop.

Currently an unsuspecting cyclist can ride off a smooth paved shoulder and enter a gravel section with a pothole large enough to make the bike lose control and the rider could wind up underneath the wheels of a passing tractor trailer.

The highways ministry has the responsibility to maintain the road shoulder to the ditch line and if there is a service road still has the responsibility for the total width of road and shoulder up to the property owner’s connecting property.

R. Johnson, Nelson

Just Posted

Michelle Mungall’s baby first in B.C. legislature chamber

B.C. energy minister praises support of staff, fellow MLAs

‘Police are ready’ for legal pot, say Canadian chiefs

But Canadians won’t see major policing changes as pot becomes legal

Leafs Roundup: Nelson goes 3-for-3

Leafs beat Creston Valley, Osoyoos and Spokane

Voters pack Nelson mayoral forum

Candidates answered questions from journalist Glenn Hicks

EDITORIAL: Nelson mayor’s race uninspiring

An incumbent mayor, a former mayor and a clown walk into a forum

VIDEO: Monday Roundup!

Elections stuff, youth homelessness, WEED!

Trump: Saudi king ‘firmly denies’ any role in Khashoggi mystery

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is travelling to the Middle East to learn more about the fate of the Saudi national

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen dies at 65

Allen died in Seattle from complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Transport Canada to take new look at rules, research on school bus seatbelts

Canada doesn’t currently require seatbelts on school buses

Sockeye run in Shuswap expected to be close to 2014 numbers

Salute to the Sockeye on Adams River continues until Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m.

Canucks: Pettersson in concussion protocol, Beagle out with broken forearm

Head coach Travis Green called the hit ‘a dirty play’

5 tips for talking to your kids about cannabis

Health officials recommend sharing a harm reduction-related message.

NHL players say Canada’s legalization of marijuana won’t impact them

NHL players say the legalization of marijuana in Canada won’t change how they go about their business.

Automated cars could kill wide range of jobs, federal documents say

Internal government documents show that more than one million jobs could be lost to automated vehicles, with ripple effects far beyond the likeliest professions.

Most Read