Mary Stockdale

  • commented on Write BC's Leaders 2017-04-12 14:30:04 -0700
    In the Okanagan Valley there is so much potential for cycling: for tourism, commuting and local recreation. We need the investment of government to make all of tis benefits possible.


    Increases in the number of people cycling and walking in BC communities including Victoria, Whistler, North Vancouver, Kelowna and Vancouver, demonstrate that cycling and walking are mass transportation solutions worthy of substantial investment.


    To help enable everyone to cycle and walk for their daily trips, we recommend that the Provincial Government accelerate its cycling and walking investment to $100 million per year. This, along with investment from communities and the Federal Government, will enable communities to build out their cycling networks thus enabling the benefits including GHG emissions reductions and health care cost savings to be realized sooner. This funding would be used to upgrade Provincial roads and bridges; complete cycling and walking networks in communities; provide Safe and Healthy Routes to School; and for paths used by visitors and residents.


    This investment will help address the deficit estimated to be $2 billion for cycling and $2.6 billion for walking. Around $7 billion will be invested in B.C. over the next 3 years in transportation and the Government is projecting surpluses of over $200 million per year so there is plenty of funding available.

    Write BC's Leaders for More Cycling Funding

    {{show_more?While there has been investment by all levels of government in cycling routes in communities around the Province over the last decade, often these routes are not connected to each other leaving you stranded with your bike at busy intersections. Many destinations are still not served by safe comfortable convenient cycling connections. Until people can cycle from anywhere to anywhere without worrying if there is a good bicycle route, many won’t chose to ride a bicycle and we will not realize the full economic, health, environmental and social benefits from the hundreds of millions of dollars already invested in cycling.

    Inadequate Funding for Communities

    Communities across the province have produced extensive cycling network plans. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding, these cycling networks may not be complete for 20 to 30 years. For instance:

    • Surrey has recently completed a cycling plan that includes over 470 km of additional bike lanes and paths. With current funding, it plans on completing around 12km per year but has indicated that additional funding from the provincial and Federal Governments would speed implementation of the plan.
    • The Pedestrian & Cycling Master Plan – Capital Regional District estimated the cost of upgrading the bicycle network to attract people of all ages and abilities is around $275 million.
    • TransLink has estimated that completing all ages cycling networks around the region may be much higher than $800 million. Due to lack of new funding sources, in 2013, TransLink only invested $2 million.

    Decades of Underinvestment

    A large expenditure on cycling facilities is required to make up ground lost through several decades of underinvestment . The Netherlands, widely hailed as the world leader in cycling, spends approximately $40 per person per year on cycling. Several other jurisdictions with cycling levels similar to that of BC are matching or exceeding that level of investment. London Mayor Johnson recently announced he will increase  cycling funding to $619 million over the next three years.

    Cost Effective

    No other transportation investment of similar size can boast the potential to be enjoyed by people of all ages and income brackets, in communities large and small, throughout the province. High quality cycling facilities that are attractive to a significant portion of the population such as bicycle paths and separated bicycle lanes can cost from $1 million to $4 million per km (1/6 the cost of one km of road network for motorized vehicles). This investment will enable the construction of hundreds of kilometres of high quality facilities in communities around the province, giving the majority of British Columbians access to great bicycle routes.

    Everyone Benefits

    Importantly, cycling facilities also benefit those who don’t ride a bicycle. Multi-use paths are used by pedestrians, in-line skaters, electric wheelchairs, personal mobility scooters, and skateboards. Traffic calming along bicycle routes benefits neighbourhoods, making streets safer for all pedestrians. But it has particular benefit for seniors, children, and the disabled. Bike lanes along busy streets calm traffic, enhancing the pedestrian environment and creating a more welcoming retail atmosphere.

    Accelerated Investment

    In our Cycling Strategy. we recommend a significant acceleration of the investment in cycling networks including bicycle paths, separated bicycle lanes and other high quality bicycle facilities totalling $175 million per year by all levels of government. This investment in infrastructure, accompanied by funding for education, promotion, and end-of-trip facilities, will enable residents and visitors of all ages and abilities to safely and conveniently cycle throughout the province, fostering healthier individuals and communities.}}

    Take Action

    We encourage the Provincial Government to show strong leadership by committing $100 per year for cycling and walking networks in communities around B.C.

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  • posted about Provincial Election - Cycling Investment & Safety on Facebook 2017-04-12 14:35:26 -0700
    Election 2017

    Provincial Election - Cycling Investment & Safety

    Bike to Vote

    Vote!!!!

    The polls are open from 8am to 8pm May 9.

    Where to Vote | Elections BC 

    Please sign up for our email list to receive updates, Like Bike to Vote on Facebook and follow @biketovote on Twitter.

    The Issues

    Ask your candidates to enable safe cycling for everyone, everywhere everyday by:

    • Supporting the Communities on the Move Declaration for better cycling, walking and transit. 
    • Developing and implementing a comprehensive Active Transportation Strategy including investment, safe all ages and abilities designs and education.
    • Investing $100 million per year over 10 years in protected bike lanes, paths, sidewalks and safer intersections.
    • Updates to the Motor Vehicle Act including a safe passing distance law, 1.5m and reduced speeds.
    • Universally available cycling skills training for children
    • Making provincial roads, bridges and highways safer for cycling and walking

    Please meet with your candidates and attend public meetings. Ask them for their positions on the above.

    Party Cycling and Walking Responses

    Listed in order of response

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    Party Platforms

    Listed in order of release. Just platform items specifically mentioning cycling are included. For other transportation related commitments, please go to the party platforms.

    Green Party of BC - Platform

    A B.C. Green government will act to facilitate modal switching.

    Examples of initiatives include:

    • Increasing investment in walking and biking infrastructure;
    • Ensuring there are charging and safe storage facilities for electric bicycles;
    • Ensuring road configurations and commuter routes are friendly for pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
    BC Liberals - Platform

    DRIVING FORWARD, TODAY’S BC LIBERALS WILL:

    • Invest in pedestrian and cycling infrastructure upgrades.

    BC NDP - Platform

    Cutting commute times, reducing congestion, helping the climate

    • We will partner with communities to make travelling safer for people walking, using mobility aid devices, riding bicycles and using other forms of active transportation.

    Your Candidates

    Now is a great time to contact your candidates to encourage them to commit to better cycling. Volunteering for their campaigns is also a great way to get to know them and talk about improving cycling.

    Note that your postal code may not always return your correct riding and candidates. Contact Elections BC to verify your riding. Thanks to OpenNorth for the candidate database.

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    Here are some more resources from the BC Healthy Living Alliance's Healthy Election Toolkit.

    The Parties

    Write a Letter

    A great idea to short letter or opinion editorial to your local media outlets on cycling improvements you would like to see in your community.

    More Info

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  • signed A Billion for Biking & Walking Petition 2017-04-12 14:34:57 -0700

    A Billion for Bikes - Cycling for Everyone Petition

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    Bold Action Now

    It is time for bold action now to enable every person, including older adults and children, in BC to cycle or walk for their everyday trips.

    Investing $1 billion over ten years in cycling and walking will send a strong message to the world that BC is serious about addressing Climate Change.

    Cycling and walking will become attractive choices for everyone, leading to significantly improved fitness and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, congestion, and traffic injuries and fatalities. The paths and protected bike lanes could also be used by people in wheelchairs and other mobile devices.

    Investing in cycling and walking will benefit the economy by increasing tourism, reducing healthcare costs, increasing workplace productivity, attracting talented workers, and reducing the societal costs of traffic fatalities and injuries.

    Cycling is Popular

    There is broad public support for cycling improvements. In the B.C. on the Move Engagement Survey, 72% of respondents supported enhancing cycling infrastructure. Cycling is popular. Almost 70% of adults in BC ride a bicycle at least once a year, 42% at least once a month and 25% at least once a week. Many want to cycle more, with around 65% indicating they would ride more if there were separated bike lanes that protected them from traffic.

    A Transportation Bargain

    On a per dollar basis, we all benefit more from cycling more than other modes. While bike paths and protected bike lanes are a bargain that will benefit far more people per dollar invested than other transportation projects, it does take a significant amount of cash to build networks of them in communities around the Province. For example:

    • Metro Vancouver: $850 million
    • Capital Regional District: $275 million
    • City of Kelowna: $267 million (cycling and walking)
    • City of Chilliwack: $27 Million
    • City of Kamloops: $13 Million

    At current rates of investment, these plans will take 30, 40 or even 50 years to complete, leaving people to brave busy roads on their bikes or more likely, not bothering to bike at all. Today's children will be grandparents by then.

    The Provincial investment combined with local and federal funds will enable the completion of ambitious local and regional plans across BC. For example, the Metro Vancouver Regional Cycling Strategy predicts that upon network build out, cycling will increase to 10% of trips. The CRD Regional Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan predicts cycling network build out cycling mode share will increase to 15%

    Funding Sources

    The funding for the $1 billion investment could come from a variety of sources including an increase in the Carbon Tax, predicted budget surpluses, a reallocation of transportation budget, cutting the tax break on those earning over $150,000 or a tax on sugary drinks.

    By providing people with practical and safe transportation choices, this investment would decrease the rate of the Carbon Tax required to meet Provincial goals also saving money for those who don't cycle or walk.

    Take Action

    Please sign and share the petition with your contacts.

    More Info

    BC Cycling Coalition Climate Leadership Plan Submission

    Regional Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan, Capital Regional District

    Metro Vancouver Regional Cycling Strategy Implementation Plan

    Recommendations by the Canadian Diabetes Association for B.C. Budget 2016

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    4,590 signatures

    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:

    • 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
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