, thanks for your great work on the board of directors!Thanks so much for your support of the BC Cycling Coalition and cycling in BC.
The BC Cycling Coalition is your voice for great bike routes everywhere. We are working hard to enable everyone in the Province to bike for their daily trips while eliminating fatalities and injuries. Please show your support by signing the Billion for Bikes petition.
Good news! The City of Vancouver is starting public consultation on how to make Commercial Drive better for people cycling, walking and using public transit.
Unfortunately, in spite of evidence that bike lanes are good for business and support from several businesses, the Commercial Drive BIA has come out against bike lanes. They even have a petition with 5,000 signatures opposing bike lanes.
On the wide section between 14th and Gravely, the City states there is an opportunity to reallocate one lane of traffic to make space for protected bike lanes. This would have little impact on parking. We are rather puzzled that the BIA seems to oppose this.
Unfortunately, so far, the City has not mentioned the opportunity protected bike lanes to other sections of Commercial Drive.
We need your help to continue to support Streets For Everyone by coordinating business outreach, petitioning and public engagement.
Gravely to Adanac
Between Gravely and Adanac, the street is narrower and no opportunity to create protected bike lanes is mentioned in the display boards presented at the open houses. We are concerned as Commercial from Adanac to 12th had the second highest cycling collisions/km according City of Vancouver's Cycling Safety Study.
One option would be to remove parking on one side of the street and have parking on the other to create space for protected bike lanes. This would require the parking to be full time on that side of the street so it would not be stripped during peak periods as currently is the case. Here is what it might look like.
While on-street parking is often perceived as to being very important for businesses, that may not be the case on Commercial. The City's intercept survey found that only 17% of people arrived on the Drive via motor vehicle. Of those, 33% used the parking on the Drive meaning that only 5.6% of people arriving on the Drive use the on-street parking. So, if parking is removed on one-side, that would probably only affect less than 3% of those arriving on the Drive.
Already, 11% arrive by bicycle and that would increase dramatically if protected bike lanes are added. On Bloor Street in Toronto, a similar option to create bike lanes was just implemented that dramatically increased cycling (75% to 300%). Given that on-street parking can make streets less safe for people walking, cycling and driving, reallocating parking on one side is worth exploring.
Please let the City know if you would like them to consider this option.
14th to Sainsbury Ave/Commercial Street
South of 14th, Commercial Drive still has two lanes of traffic in both directions. One lane could be reallocated to create protected bike lanes to connect with Commercial Street, a good potential bike route, and the BC Parkway at Sainsbury Ave. This would be a great local and regional connection enabling more people to cycle on the other sections of Commercial Drive. Good for business, people cycling and the community.
Please take the City of Vancouver's online survey before Nov. 6. Let them know you want protected bike lanes on all of the Drive from Powell to Victoria. These meetings will be drop-in open house format. More information including display boards at vancouver.ca/commercial-complete-street
Please join 3,000 others and sign the Streets For Everyone Commercial Drive petition.
We need help with activities including business outreach, petitioning and fundraising. Please consider volunteering.
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The BC Cycling Coalition is seeking individuals dedicated to transforming B.C. into a fantastic place to ride a bicycle for transportation, recreation and tourism to stand for nomination to our board of directors at our Annual General Meeting on November 20, 2016 from 1pm to 3pm.
MP Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni) and Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie) introduced a private member's bill to establish a National Cycling Strategy on October 4. The BC Cycling Coalition strongly supports a national strategy where the Federal Government works with the provinces and municipalities to enable all Canadians to safety cycle.
A Canadian Cycling Strategy will:
- Commit the federal government to set clear targets for the expansion of cycling friendly infrastructure;
- Encourage more Canadians to choose cycling as their mode of transportation;
- Improve national safety standard measures, such as side guard rails for trucks;
- Support the cycling industry in Canada;
- Increase education for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.
“We need to do more to make Canada a cycling nation,” said Johns who has biked to work on Parliament Hill every day since being elected. “It’s time for a national plan to get more Canadians using this low cost, environmentally friendly, and healthy mode of transportation.”
From MP Johns
Many other OECD countries have already adopted cycling strategies and have seen a significant increase in cycling as a result. Canada lags behind in many cycling indicators, including the number of children who cycle to school which remains at 2%. Whereas in Germany, 15% of children cycle to school, and in the Netherlands 50% of children cycle to school.
A National Cycling Strategy will lead to a healthier society, more livable communities, safer cycling options, reduced congestion, and significant savings for our healthcare system. Additionally, Canada's unique landscape is a perfect draw for cycling tourism.
Please email the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport supporting a National Cycling Strategy:
and cc these others including your local MP:
firstname.lastname@example.org, Amarjeet.Sohi@parl.gc.ca, Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca, Jane.Philpott@parl.gc.ca, Carla.Qualtrough@parl.gc.ca, Gord.Johns@parl.gc.ca, Todd.Doherty@parl.gc.ca, Robert.Aubin@parl.gc.ca, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, local_mp_email
Let them know what safer cycling would mean for your family and community.
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Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, recently announced that Transport Canada and the provinces will establish a task force to discuss safety measures to reduce injuries and fatalities involving cyclists, pedestrians and heavy trucks. Sadly, this was prompted by recent deaths of two female cyclists in Ottawa and Montreal.
The BC Cycling Coalition strongly supports measures to make vehicles and especially trucks safer for people cycling and will be working with the Government and Canada Bikes to help ensure measures are implemented soon.
The task force, established through the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators will explore cameras, sensor systems, side guards, as well as educational safety and awareness programs.
Garneau states, "I'm pleased to work with my provincial, territorial and municipal colleagues to explore options to reduce collisions and improve safety for everyone on Canada's roadways. Whether it's through technology, equipment, or an educational approach, we need to find out what works best in order to improve safety for Canadians."
The task force is not limited in what it can explore, and will examine several potential countermeasures, including cameras, sensor systems, side guards, as well as educational safety and awareness programs focused on identifying risks and safer driver practices.
Heavy trucks, due to their size, present a unique safety risk to vulnerable road users. Research shows that driver visibility is a major cause in fatal collisions involving these groups.
Transport Canada will look at the potential benefits of modern technologies, such as sensors and cameras, to improve the visibility of vulnerable road users around heavy trucks and improve safety for all road users. As part of the study, the department will test these technologies at its motor vehicle test centre. The desired outcome is to identify the most effective solutions for protecting the safety of these individuals. The results of the study will help inform policy, and could lead to federal and/or provincial regulatory measures.
The Mayor of London just announced the banning of unsafe trucks. Hopefully we will see similar strong action in Canada.
Photo: CBC News
Please email the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport supporting safety improvements for people walking and cycling:
and cc others including your local MP:
email@example.com, Jane.Philpott@parl.gc.ca, Todd.Doherty@parl.gc.ca, Robert.Aubin@parl.gc.ca, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, local_mp_email
Finance Minister Mike de Jong reports that B.C. is ending the fiscal year with a $730 million surplus. Investing a good portion of the surplus in cycling and walking will increase affordability by enabling people to reduce their transportation costs.
The B.C. economy grew by an estimated three per cent in 2015, more than triple the national average. A massive surge in property transfer tax has left the province’s coffers fuller than expected, and more help could be coming from the province to deal with housing affordability.
The Province has recently announced several cycling improvements:
- Seven Vancouver Island communities (Langford, Saanich, Victoria, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Capital Regional District, Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District) will get nearly $2.7 million in Bike BC Funding for cycling facilities
- Updates to Highway 97 in West Kelowna include wider shoulders and improved lighting from Glenrosa Road to Hebert Road
- Upgrades to the Sea to Sky include the Porteau Bluffs cycling warning system and may include improved shoulders near Whistler
While this is a start, much more is needed to enable everyone to cycle for their daily trips.
Please Premier Clark know that you want more cycling. Let them know what greatly improved cycling would mean for your family and community.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org and cc:
email@example.com, FIN.Minister@gov.bc.ca, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Minister.Transportation@gov.bc.ca, ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca, claire.trevena.MLA@leg.bc.ca, firstname.lastname@example.org, spencer.herbert.MLA@leg.bc.ca, david.eby.MLA@leg.bc.ca, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,,
Currently in B.C. bicycles and transportation fares are exempt from PST charges, and clean energy vehicles are eligible for rebates up to $5,000. Purchases of new electric bicycles, and their electric parts, are charged PST, and are not eligible for rebates. Something doesn’t seem right here, does it? So please please sign the petition!
For a brief period of time, when B.C. was running the HST tax, electric bikes did, in fact, receive tax exemptions. It seems that in the transition back to the system we currently use, minor details such as taxes on assisted bikes slipped through the cracks.
For small business owners however, this detail feels rather significant. "It's really quite a hassle." Says Paul Dragan of Reckless Bikes. "When repairing an electric bike, we have to charge PST on the electric parts like the battery and motor while there is no PST on the bike parts like wheels and brakes.". Creating two separate lines, and a once unnecessary step to small business’s financial records, is cumbersome and aggravating.
For individuals, the re-added tax could be a barrier to purchasing, or converting to, an e-bike. Electric bikes suitable for commuting typically cost $1500-$3000, making the suggested PST exemption worth about $105 - $210 for buyers, plus on-going PST charges on maintaining parts. Additionally, a rebate would provide financial incentives for individuals to incorporate active transportation into their daily lives.
Electric bikes are being studied by biking centres around the world. The Netherlands, and Norway have measured significant increases in bicycle trip length, and frequency due to use of electric bikes. In 2013, a survey in the Netherlands reported that 5 percent of the total population, and 10 percent of the 60+ population owned an e-bike, and those with electric models ride twice as many kilometers compared to the 60+ cyclists with a regular bike. In 2014, they found that those with e-bikes rode 22% more kilometres per week, and the average commuting distance rose from 6.3 to 9.8 kilometres. Assisted bikes make up 21% of bicycles sales in the Netherlands.
Electric bicycles remove accessibility barriers by allowing riders to conquer hills, speeds, and distances that would otherwise be impossible for some people. These machines, that emit zero carbon, make active transportation a viable option for a broader population, opening it up to all ages and abilities, especially in combination with safe cycling infrastructure.
With B.C.’s aggressive climate targets for 2050, and municipal initiatives to increase active transportation, removing financial barriers to access electric bicycles is logical. Considering that it was not long ago that we actually didn’t pay taxes on these bikes, it is more of an error correction, than a radical request.
The British Columbia Cycling Coalition has submitted a formal request to remove the PST and add rebates, similar to those available for electric cars, as part of their Climate Leadership Action Plan recommendation.
Also included in the recommendations a billion dollars over ten years for bike paths and protected bike lanes as well as improved design standards that can safely accommodate electric bikes and enable longer distance commuting.
I call upon the Government of BC to enable everyone in BC to cycle & walk in safety as part of their daily lives by implementing an Active Transportation Strategy that includes:
3,723 SUPPORTERS277 needed to reach 4,000
- Investing $1 billion over the next ten years to:
- Upgrade cycling & walking facilities on provincial roads & bridges
- Complete cycling & walking networks in communities across BC
- Provide safe routes to school for children
- Build trails & routes for cycling & walking tourism
- Ensuring that paths & protected bike lanes can be safely shared by people using wheelchairs, skateboards & in-line skates
- Enhancing cycling education for children & adults
- Promoting cycling & walking
- Encouraging electric bike use by eliminating the PST & providing rebates
- Investing $1 billion over the next ten years to:
Please join the British Columbia Cycling Coalition for our Annual General Meeting as we review last year's highlights and reveal our plans for moving the organization and cycling forward in BC.
The doors open at 12:30pm. Please arrive early to register and enjoy some treats!
Featured will be our campaigns to increase cycling and walking funding to $1 billion over ten years and to update the Motor Vehicle Act to make cycling safer and more comfortable. Learn more about these campaigns and how you can be involved.
To vote for directors, your membership must be up-to-date as of November 20, 2016. You can check your membership status, renew your membership or become a member at: http://www.bccc.bc.ca/membership You can also renew your membership on-site before the start of the meeting.
We are seeking individuals dedicated to transforming B.C. into a fantastic place to ride a bicycle for transportation, recreation and tourism to stand for nomination to our board of directors. More info here.
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