Vancouver, British Columbia – The Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) is bringing drivers, cyclists and experts together for a national one-day conference to discuss ways to enable cyclists and drivers to get along on Canada’s roads.

The Changing Lanes conference will provide a forum that will focus on solutions to make the relationship safer and better for all.

“Across the country, communities of all sizes are grappling with infrastructure, education and safety issues as more bikes, cars and transit vehicles coexist on Canada’s roadways,” said Jeff Walker, CAA vice-president of public affairs. “There is and will be enormous pressure placed on our transportation infrastructure, and Canadian cities need to prepare. We believe there are important lessons to be learned from experts who work on these issues here in Canada and internationally, and we want to facilitate a conversation about how we move forward together.”

According to a poll conducted for the CAA, 33 per cent of Canadians said they would consider switching to a bicycle to commute at least part of the time, but 55 per cent said they don’t feel safe biking on Canada’s roads, with the number-one issue being the lack of infrastructure to accommodate cyclists.

The conference runs today, Wednesday May 25, 2011 in Vancouver. A webcast of the conference is available through CAA.

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