Fiona E. Walsh

Director

Fiona supports BCCC because she believe that the best changes for cyclists will happen at the provincial level.

Fiona bought an electric-assist bike in 2009 after 40 years of driving only a car.  She was a teacher in Burnaby and biked to work across the Iron Workers’ Memorial Bridge from North Vancouver. She taught students, from 5 to 75 years old, in English and French, volunteering in Uganda, Ghana, China and Peru in the summertime.  She chairs her neighbourhood association and volunteers at two Community Policing Centres. Fiona joined HUB in 2010 and is on the HUB - North Shore Committee. In 2012, she joined the boards of HUB and the BCCC.


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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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    5,219 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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    I pledged to vote YES for cycling and transit! It is critical for our health, economy & environment. #YesForTransit

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    246 votes

    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.

    Please help make this happen by making a monthly contributiona one-time donation or by volunteering!

    A Yes vote will bring improvements including: 

    ✔️ 2700km of cycling routes including 300km of paths and lanes separated from traffic

    ✔️ $131 million invested in cycling over ten years

    ✔️ Upgrades to the BC Parkway and Central Valley Greenway

    ✔️ Investing in North Shore Spirit Trail, Evergreen Bikeway and routes parallel to rapid transit lines in Surrey and Langley

    ✔️ Improved cycling and walking access to transit stations

    ✔️ Much improved cycling and walking facilities on a new 4 lane Pattullo Bridge

    ✔️ Millennium Line Extension to Arbutus, LRT in Surrey, 25% increase in Bus Service, 11 B-lines, increased capacity on the Expo Line 

    All for only around 35 cents a day per household.

    You can vote via mail-in ballot between March 16 and May 29.

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    Benefits

    ✔️ Safer and Healthier - With less traffic, fewer crashes and more opportunities for walking and cycling, the plan will save around 200 lives and prevent 4000 serious injuries per year. 

    ✔️ Sustainable Environment - Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Air Pollution

    ✔️ Healthy Economy - Keep our economy competitive with faster and more reliable travel and better access to more jobs, workers and markets 

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    $1,814.00 raised
    GOAL: $10,000.00

    By donating to the BCCC, you are supporting our efforts to make cycling safe, accessible and more comfortable for everyone in B.C.

    Over the next few months, we will be focusing on encouraging the Provincial Government to make cycling a key part of their new Climate Leadership plan. Specially, we recommend that they invest $1 billion over the next 10 years to complete all ages and abilities cycling networks in communities around B.C and upgrade Provincial roads and bridges.

    As well, we will be encouraging them to:

    • support cycling education
    • improve the Motor Vehicle Act to include a safe passing distance law and allowing riding two abreast
    • reduce hazards and improve maintenance on roads and paths
    • support cycling tourism

    Your contribution is critical to help make this happen.

    You can either make a one-time donation below or make on-going monthly contributions here.

    If you wish to become a member of the BC Cycling Coalition, please purchase a membership.

    You can also make donations to specific BC Cycling Coalition programs:

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A retired teacher with a new occupation of cycling advocate, Fiona came to purposeful cycling, at the age of 60. She hopes to encourage baby boomer to cycle, and to represent that important demographic at all levels of government.
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