Cyclists from across Metro Vancouver gather at Rocky Point Park in Port Moody for the annual invitational ride put on by the Tri-City Cycling Club.SUBMITTED PHOTO Port Moody will alter its policies for road use permits after a bureaucratic snafu almost cast a pall over a cycling event Sunday that raised more than $8,000 for the SHARE food bank.
Jeff Moi, the city’s general manager of engineering and operations, told a special meeting of council last Thursday that when staff became aware about 200 cyclists would be passing through the city as part of an annual invitational event put on by the Tri-City Cycling Club (TCCC) to connect with other clubs around Metro Vancouver, organizers were requested to submit an application for a highway use permit .
He said such a permit ensures the city organizers have secured the proper insurance and emergency services can be notified of possible obstructions to the flow of traffic. A highway use permit for a major road costs $404.80 a day for a road that’s part of the city’s major road network, such as Ioco Road, while one for a local road is $247.20.
But, Moi said, the permitting system is really geared toward construction projects where a lane or roadway may be blocked by equipment or a storage container for a stretch of time. He said in the past non-profit groups or charitable events have been granted a waiver after a request to council or even at staff discretion.
Moi said streamlining the system through the […]