Tuesday 26 March, 2019

Cyclists get a safe zone in Tucker Valley

Good news for cyclists.

The Ministry of Works and Transport has repaved Tucker Valley Road to make the area safer and more suitable for cycling.

The Tucker Valley Road Rehabilitation Project was unveiled on Saturday morning by Works and Transport Minister Rohan Sinanan.

The project included the repaving of the roadway that leads to the popular Macqueripe beach as well as the redesign of speed bumps to be more accommodating for cyclists.

This is the first time Tucker Valley Road has been resurfaced since 1941, according to Sinanan.

Speaking with reporters on Saturday morning, Sinanan said the government is working to ensure that there are safe spaces for cyclists to train to avoid tragic accidents like the one that claimed the lives of local chef Joe Brown and bpTT manager Joanna Banks last November.

Brown and Banks were killed when a car ploughed into their cycling group while they were riding along the Churchill Roosevelt Highway.

Sinanan said the country's highways are not equipped for cycling and he hoped cyclists would make use of Tucker Valley Road.

However he said cyclists doing long distance training may still prefer to utilise the highways and will do so with police escorts and proper safety precautions.

But he said the Chaguaramas area is popular with cyclists, walkers and runners and the Tucker Valley Road Rehabilitation Project would no doubt be beneficial to those persons.

Moving forward, Sinanan said new highways and any other road upgrades being undertaken would be done with cyclists in mind.

Members of various cycling groups who were present at the launch expressed their gratitude for the work that was done saying cyclists need more safe zones and areas with less vehicular traffic.

But even as Sinanan stressed the importance of road safety, he acknowledged yet another road traffic accident which occurred in the early morning hours.

At around 4 o' clock on Saturday morning, a vehicular accident in Longdenville, near Chaguanas claimed the lives of four persons. The four were reportedly returning to their homes from a party in Caparo when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a utility pole.

Sinanan said it is unfortunate that 2019 has seen so many road deaths in just 2 months when the country had just last year celebrated the lowest number of road deaths in decades.

He said the Ministry will be working with various stakeholders including Arrive Alive to launch a campaign on road safety.

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