Police urge drivers to be wary as motorcycles and bicycles reappear on South Okanagan roads

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PENTICTON - An early spring warning from the RCMP's traffic services in the South Okanagan about the hazards on the road for cyclists and motorcyclists.

The warmer weather had people hopping on their bicycles and motorbikes, and Cpl. Ten Manchulenko has some reminders for two-wheel travellers.

Manchulenko says cyclists need to be wary of the gravel on the roads and shoulders, and the possibility of icy conditions, especially in the morning, and at higher elevations.

"Motorcyclists need to be aware motorists aren’t necessarily looking for them this time of year,” Manchulenko says. On the flip side, drivers need to keep an eye out for people motorcyles.

“Everybody should be paying attention,” he says.

On Sunday, March 13, two vehicles sideswiped each other on Highway 3A near Sheep Creek Road after encountering icy early morning conditions, police say. The two vehicles, a Hyundai Santa Fe and a 1990 Toyota Camry, sustained extensive damage to both vehicles’ passenger sides. No injuries were reported.

RCMP say on Monday, March 14, a woman ran into a retaining wall on Forestbrook Drive while travelling at a rate of approximately 40 kilometres an hour. The vehicle sustained extensive frontend damage.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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