We were extremely surprised to see that the president of the Penticton and Area Cycling Association, Rowena Tansley, believes “ICBC contributes nothing to road building” (Penticton Western News, May 2 letters).
ICBC launched its road improvement program in 1989 and, since then, has invested more than $100 million in projects across B.C. In 2011 alone, ICBC invested approximately $1.3 million in projects in the Southern Interior, including $189,000 in the South Okanagan.
Many of your readers have likely driven on Highway 97 from Osoyoos Lake to Road No. 22 and noticed the multi-purpose biking and hiking trail. This is just one of the road improvements ICBC invested in last year to help make Penticton and its surrounding communities safer for everyone.
In addition, we also spent more than $65,000 last year to install traffic signals along Warren Avenue, at the intersections of Atkinson Street and Government Street.
We care about people’s well-being and are always looking for new ways to create safer roads.
Jill Blacklock, manager, road safety