The Metropolis of Vancouver would require facet guards or lateral safety gadgets on all vehicles owned or contracted by the municipality, following a unanimous council vote final week.
Municipal employees have been directed to report again with suggestions and a timeline for the work, a metropolis spokesperson instructed trucknews.com, referring to the principles that may apply to about 400 metropolis autos.
The transfer comes weeks after 28-year-old bicycle owner Agustin Beltran, a doctoral pupil on the College of British Columbia, died after colliding with a turning dump truck.
Aspect guards are protecting boundaries put in between two units of wheels to stop cyclists and pedestrians from going below the automobile.
The British Columbia Trucking Affiliation (BCTA) stated the bylaw will solely have an effect on the town’s autos and people contractually obligated to do enterprise with them.
BCTA president Dave Earle instructed trucknews.com that, though the movement doesn’t have an effect on business fleets, it’s one thing to keep watch over as it’s customary in Europe and different jurisdictions.
The newest Vancouver movement, introduced ahead by councilors Rebecca Bligh and Christine Boyle, contains advocacy to the federal minister of transportation and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for facet guard necessities.
Boyle stated within the week that adopted Beltran’s dying, she heard from many residents how truck facet guards save lives.
Transport Canada beforehand rejected a advice by Ontario’s chief coroner, which known as for such guards to be mandated after reviewing the deaths of 129 cyclists within the province between 2006 and 2014. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities made an identical name in 2016, and Transport Canada responded with a report on numerous methods accessible to guard susceptible highway customers.
Vancouver council additionally directed employees to institute a overview of visitors planning in areas the place proper hand turns intercept with bike lanes at intersections, to make sure that hazards and harmful interactions between autos and cyclists are mitigated.
This story has been up to date with feedback from Vancouver metropolis councilor Christine Boyle.