I wrote a letter a while back to Blair Lekstrom voicing some of my concerns.
He recently responded to me and I thought I would share his letter.
Sometimes they listen I guess.
Here is his response:
Thank you for your e-mail offering your congratulations on my appointment as Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, as well as expressing your concerns regarding provincial speed limits. The ministry takes its commitment to provide a safe and efficient transportation network very seriously, and an essential part of this commitment is to ensure a safe passage for all travellers, including motorcyclists. While I appreciate your suggestion to increase provincial speed limits, the ministry carefully establishes speed limits using the same criteria as the majority of North American road jurisdictions. Currently, it is a widely-accepted practice in North America to set speed limits as close as possible to the speed at which 85 per cent of motorists travel. This speed is then considered according to such contributing factors as a road's collision history, geometric features and adjacent landscape and development. Provincial speed limits were reviewed a number of years ago, and the results of this review were discussed with key stakeholders, including the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, the RCMP and the British Columbia Automobile Association. The review determined that overall the posted speed limits on our highways are appropriate. Should you wish to read this report, it is available on our website at http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/publications...view/index.htm. There will always be differences of opinion as to which speed limits achieve the ministry's goal to strike a balance between the efficient movement of people and goods while ensuring the safety of the travelling public, and I assure you we regularly carry out engineering and traffic studies to review existing speed zones and establish safe and effective speed limits. Should you have any further questions regarding provincial speed limits, please don't hesitate to contact Ed Miska, the ministry's Senior Traffic, Electrical, Highway Safety and Geometric Standards Engineer. He is available by telephone at 250 387-7676 or by e-mail at Ed.Miska@gov.bc.ca and would be pleased to assist you. I recognize road conditions, in particular those at construction sites, can present challenges for motorcyclists. I appreciate your interest in motorcycle safety, and I have forwarded a copy of your letter to our Construction and Maintenance Branch for their consideration. I understand you also have concerns regarding provincial laws pertaining to excessive speeding. As matters of enforcement fall under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, I have taken the liberty of sharing a copy of your e-mail with my colleague, the Honourable Shirley Bond, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, for her information. Thank you again for taking the time to write. Sincerely, Blair LekstromMinister Copy to: Honourable Shirley BondMinister of Public Safety and Solicitor GeneralMLA, Prince George-Valemount Ed Miska, Senior Traffic, Electrical, Highway Safety and Geometric Standards EngineerEngineering Branch Rodney Chapman, DirectorConstruction and Maintenance Branch