October 13, 2015 - 8:00 PM
KELOWNA - An upcoming event in Kelowna is hoping to bridge the divide between cyclists and motorists.
ModaCity is a Vancouver consulting company that uses words, pictures and video to inspire alternative forms of urban mobility. After losing a friend to a cycling accident in Kelowna this summer, co-founders Chris and Melissa Bruntlett have agreed to speak at an event at the Laurel hoping to bring together drivers and cyclists.
“Some of the commentary from the community regarding the accident was quite polarizing; a bike versus car mentality,” the Facebook event page says. “For us this is about people; and the need for all of us to come together, be constructive, have conversations about things that matter, engage collectively in possibilities thinking, and build our community together.”
The event is organized by Urban Systems, the employer of the Bruntlett’s friend Patricia Keenan, who died in hospital in July after a driver opened their door into her on Bernard Avenue
“It’s not about whether cars or bikes are the problem, it’s about people and how we want to treat one another,” Urban Systems CEO Martin Bell says in a release. “What we’d like to facilitate is a discussion about how we as a community want to share public roads, ensure safety, and treat one another.”
‘The end of bikes vs. cars,’ will take place Thursday, Oct. 15 and will include three speakers including Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran.
“For us this is about people and the need for all of us to come together, be constructive, have conversations about things that matter, engage collectively in possibilities thinking, and build our community together,” Urban Systems says on its website.
Doors open at 6 p.m. with the presentations followed by an open forum discussion for those in attendance. Admission is $5 with all money raised going to Keenan’s 10-year-old son.
To purchase a ticket visit this website.
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