Bikers make noise to improve Malahat safety

Protest planned at legislature to send message, create solution

Kristy Falconer hopes to make some noise when she jumps on her hog Saturday (Nov. 5).

She estimates more than 80 motorcyclists will come together to raise awareness, as well ask the province to place concrete barriers in the centre lane of high-crash sections of the Malahat Drive on the Trans-Canada Highway.

“There’s been seven (fatalities) in four years,” Falconer said, adding tomorrow’s ride marks a week since Langford resident and motorcyclist Colin Grant was killed on that same stretch of road.

Falconer has helped spearhead the Riders for Safety ride, which she hopes will send a loud message to the region’s MLAs and B.C.’s Minister of Transportation, Blair Lekstrom.

Many of the riders are making their backseats available so that Lekstrom and the MLAs can join them.

Enough is enough, said Falconer.

“There’s a common pattern and that’s crossing the centre line, and fatalities resulting because of head-ons from lack of centre barriers,” said Falconer, adding concrete barriers at the Malahat’s high-crash zones make sense considering there are already barriers farther along the road and on the Pat Bay Highway.

“I don’t believe people are going to change,” Falconer said. “We need to put something in place that will be there 24-7, that … will reduce the fatalities and the severity of accidents.”

Motorcyclists are asked to meet at Ogden Point at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 5). They are expected to arrive at the legislature around 3:30 p.m. 

emccracken@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Saanich firefighters save Remembrance Day ceremony at retirement home

The flag cord broke and crews worked to get it back up in time for the ceremony

Christian minister accused of transphobia draws small audience, protesters in Sidney

Art Lucier is ‘100 per cent’ sure would-be audience stayed away because of perceived controversy

Christmas lights appear on Oak Bay Avenue

Installation marks the countdown to the annual Christmas Light Up

Victoria women’s program in critical need of household items for women

Everything from dining sets to beds is needed to keep their programs running

Peninsula Panthers face nemesis Victoria Cougars Friday night

Cougars are the only Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League team to have beaten the local Cats twice

Petition to ‘bring back Don Cherry’ goes viral after immigrant poppy rant

Cherry was fired from his co-hosting role for the Coach’s Corner segment on Nov. 11.

Greater Victoria 2019 holiday craft fair roundup

Get a jump on your holiday shopping

VIDEO: Don Cherry says he was fired, not sorry for ‘Coach’s Corner’ poppy rant

Cherry denies he was singling out visible minorities with his comments

Woman airlifted with serious injuries after being struck by car in Nanaimo

Woman, hit in crosswalk, suffers life-threatening injuries; driver co-operating with police

B.C. teacher suspended for incessantly messaging student, writing friendship letter

Female teacher pursued Grade 12 student for friendship even after being rebuked

Vancouver Island substitute teacher said he wanted a student to ‘whack’ two others on Grade 8 field trip

Campbell River teacher-on-call suspended three weeks after November 2018 incident

Disney Plus streaming service hits Canada with tech hurdles

Service costs $8.99 per month, or $89.99 per year, in Canada

Trudeau’s opponents: One gives him an earful, another seeks common ground

PM meets with Conservative leader Andrew Scheer and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe

Rona’s ‘truly Canadian’ ads are inaccurate, watchdog says

Ads Standards points out U.S.-based Lowe’s acquired Rona in 2016

Most Read