Arno Schortinghuis

President

British Columbia Cycling Coalition

I love cycling and I believe that as the voice for cycling in British Columbia, the BCCC continues to help make cycling better. It has been an honour to serve as president of this great organization and I would like to continue to help the organization to grow and become an even stronger voice for cycling in BC .


  • commented on Sunshine Coast Coastal Bike Route 2015-12-02 23:16:02 -0800
    Hi Greg:
    Thanks for your feedback. Unfortunately, with current funding levels it will take well over 50 years to get safe cycling networks throughout BC. We are recommending that the province accelerate their funding by investing a $billion to make this happen much sooner so that society can more quickly reap the benefits of more people cycling. We are encouraging the government to develop a provincial cycling strategy and this process would dictate how we can best move forward. We certainly encourage the government to increase investment in safe cycling infrastructure. With your support for our petition, we will be one step closer.
    Arno

    Arno Schortinghuis, President, BCCC

  • answered 2015-11-12 16:40:35 -0800
    Q: Please choose your top priority:
    A: Changes to the Motor Vehicle Act including safe passing distance law and being able to ride two abreast

    Cycling Priorities Poll

    Please let us know what you think the top priority should be for the BC Cycling Coalition. This will help us plan our efforts over the coming year.

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  • 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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    5,223 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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  • signed Invest in Walking, Cycling & Transit, Not High Income Tax Cuts 2015-07-02 20:30:41 -0700
    Cyclng also offers many health benefits and more people cycling and walking means lower heath care costs. Everyone wins!

    Petition - Invest in Walking, Cycling & Transit not High Income Tax Cuts

    Imagine that within the next ten years, you, your family and friends can safely and comfortably cycle and walk to work, school, and shopping as well as for recreation and exercise. And when you would rather take transit, there is a bus or a train nearby arriving within a few short minutes.

    To help make this a reality, the Province could eliminate the planned tax cuts for those earning over $150,000 per year and instead invest in cycling, walking and transit in communities around B.C. While more funding will be needed, especially in Metro Vancouver, this will be a great step forward.

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    The higher tax bracket for people earning over $150,000 is set to expire at the end of 2015. This will result in a tax reduction worth around $225 million per year. Alberta just raised taxes on high income earners so it makes sense British Columbia not to cut similar taxes.

    Everyone, including those earning over $150,000, would benefit much more if the Province eliminated this tax cut and instead invested of this revenue in improved walking, cycling and transit in communities around the Province.

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    Everyone's time is valuable. For example, someone earning $150,000 per year is 93 hours spent or $6700 worth of their time per year stuck in congestion in Metro Vancouver.

    Everyone benefits from safer roads. By enabling more people to choose cycling, walking and transit, there will be fewer cars on the road and thus fewer crashes leading to fewer injuries and fatalities. 

    Everyone benefits from a strong economy. Transit, cycling and walking are affordable transportation. People cycling and walking are more productive at work. Cycling tourism has huge potential in B.C. For example, in Oregon, cycling tourism contributes $400 million per year to the economic. 

    Everyone benefits from healthier transportation. More people walking, cycling and transit reduces health care costs through increased physical fitness.

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    187 signatures

    Petition - Invest in Walking, Cycling & Transit, Not High Income Tax Cuts

    Petition to Honourable the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, in Legislature Assembled.

    We the undersigned, draw your attention to the health, economic, environmental and social benefits of walking, cycling and transit.

    Your petitioners call upon the B.C. Legislature to extend the higher tax bracket for people earning over $150,000 beyond 2015 and invest the $225 million per year of revenue in improving walking, all ages & abilities cycling and transit in communities across British Columbia.

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  • donated 2015-02-11 17:32:14 -0800

    Donate - Yes

    $6,500.00 raised
    GOAL: $15,000.00

    Imagine that within the next ten years, you, your family and friends can safely and comfortably cycle across the region to work, school, shopping and transit as well as for recreation and exercise. And, when you would rather take transit, there is a bus or a train nearby arriving within a few short minutes.

    A Yes vote will bring:

    • $131 million for 2700km of cycling routes including 300km of paths separated from traffic 
    • BC Parkway and Central Valley Greenway upgrades
    • North Shore Spirit Trail and Evergreen Bikeway expansion
    • Cycling routes parallel to LRT lines in Surrey and Langley.

    We will also be using this opportunity to connect with people who support cycling improvements  in their communities and engage them in Provincial cycling issues including:

    • Funding for bike paths and protected bike lanes
    • Cycling and driving education
    • Improvements to the Motor Vehicle Act including allowing riding 2 abreast and a safe passing distance law. 

    Your donation will enable us to reach out to people who support cycling, walking and transit through:

    • Outreach on streets and at transit stations
    • Tabling at events
    • Videos by Gordon Price, Melissa & Chris Bruntlett, David Phu and Michael Champion of Vancouver Cycle Chic
    • Flyers, signs and other campaign materials

    If you would like to provide on-going support for our advocacy efforts and programs, please consider making an on-going monthly donation.

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Arno is from the Netherlands and got around by bike before he was born since this is how many Dutch people get around. He believes that while a cycle trip sometimes takes more elapsed time than by other modes, cycling is way more time efficient.
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