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Metro Vancouver Cycle Highways Emails


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  • commented 2017-04-24 11:27:00 -0700
    As a daily bike commuter, any infrastructure improvements that get more people out of their cars and onto their bikes will be a benefit for all society. Also, please make helmets optional, it’s another barrier for bike adoption.
  • commented 2017-04-23 15:38:30 -0700
    I’m writing to express my support for long distance, regional cycling infrastructure throughout Metro Vancouver and BC.


    Time and time again we see that when safe infrastructure is provided, a much large segment of the population will use it than is willing to take a chance with 60 km/hr vehicles.


    Such infrastructure would make transportation investment more equitable, increase safety, lower medical costs, reduce congestion, and help with climate change goals. Additionally, by shifting mode share to bicycles, more money stays in local economies, keeping communities prosperous.


    HUB’s UnGapTheMap campaign is an excellent way we could improve regional connectivity and allow the vast majority of residents to use bicycles without fear.


    Please include plans for regional, long distance cycling in all transportation infrastructure projects.


    Thank you
  • commented 2017-04-22 20:40:17 -0700
    I am in favour of this! Strongly considering becoming a single car family; this could tip the scales for me.
  • commented 2017-04-20 15:33:00 -0700
    According to TransLink’s Regional Cycling Strategy (2013), over 40% of residents across Metro Vancouver want to cycle but currently don’t and for many of them it’s because they are scared of dangerous road conditions.


    I support HUB Cycling’s UnGapTheMap campaign and urge the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) and TransLink to provide increased investment into cycling infrastructure. Sustained, high level funding would help create a safer, more connected network that would get more people cycling.


    Cycle highways are suitable for all ages and abilities and provide direct, safe routes across longer distances, connecting communities and major destinations. This sort of infrastructure already exists in countries such as Denmark, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, and the UK and as such, indicates strong federal support for increasing both recreational and utilitarian cycling, while greatly reducing vehicular congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. In Metro Vancouver, cycle highways could be suitable along routes such as the BC Parkway, Lower Lynn interchanges, and parallel to sections of Lougheed Highway.


    Please support safer cycling in Metro Vancouver by backing the introduction of cycle highways and considering this solution when planning all road and transit projects. By working closely with stakeholders, such as HUB Cycling and municipalities to plan and implement cycle highways, Metro Vancouver could become one of the safest and most connected cycling regions in North America.
  • commented 2017-04-20 08:25:06 -0700
    I am in favour of cycle highways around Metro Vancouver. The work done in the Stanley Park Causeway is great, but we need more of those.


    Specially in North Vancouver where the cycle paths are full of dangerous gaps, impeding families and not seasoned riders to use them.


    Thanks for listening.
  • commented 2017-04-19 19:44:31 -0700
    Dear madams and Sirs

    Please add my name to the many, named or not, who see the need for Cycling Highways. As a recreational and part-time cycling commuter, a parent and a voter, I wish my preferences be known. Why are we so far behind Europe and other progressive Cities( Portland Oregon?), with our cycling infrastructure. Virtually carbon free transportation is the way of the future. Preferable sooner rather than later.

    Thank you

    Ken Brodie
  • commented 2017-04-16 12:13:48 -0700
    Mass cycling would be solution to many of our societal challenges. There is very strong research evidence to suggest that the provision of a connected network of safe, direct, and comfortable cycle routes gets more people cycling, more often. To achieve this network, the Province of BC must increase funding for cycling infrastructure and support the development of cycle highways.


    Despite cycling being the fastest growing mode of transport in Metro Vancouver, the cycling network is disconnected and a lot of people are unable to find safe routes to their destinations. Cycle highways are suitable for all ages and abilities and provide direct, safe routes across longer distances, connecting communities and major destinations, and in doing so, could significantly ungap Metro Vancouver’s cycling network.


    Please support safer cycling in Metro Vancouver by increasing funding for cycling infrastructure and backing the introduction of cycle highways. By working closely with stakeholders, such as HUB Cycling and municipalities to plan and implement cycle highways, Metro Vancouver could become one of the safest and most connected cycling regions in Canada.
  • commented 2017-04-14 11:55:49 -0700
    Cycle Highways can be one way in which we reduce congestion in Metro Vancouver. Cycle Highways make riding a bike for transportation an even more viable option versus the automobile. This is not only for youth, but more and more seniors are looking at electric bikes as a means of transportation. We need to invest in this alternative today to help ease some of the congestion of tomorrow. Also please consider removing the PST from e-bikes which are growing in popularity and the other ingredient in our fight against congestion, while promoting the health of British Columbians.


    Tony Valente
  • commented 2017-04-14 10:19:05 -0700
    I am writing to lend my strong support for safe bicycle infrastructure in BC, including bicycle highways. The biggest barrier for me to commute to work on my bicycle has not been the rain or exertion, it has been safety. Safe routes to work and recreation will draw thousands more out of their cars and help make our Province greener. Please support these incentives towards a safer cycling environment.
  • commented 2017-04-13 14:22:23 -0700
    I am writing to you to urge you in the strongest terms to commit to investing in safe, connected bicycle infrastructure in our province, and in particular to support cycle highways as many other enlightened jurisdictions around the world have done. The evidence is clear that providing safe, protected cycleways helps reduce vehicle traffic congestion far more effectively than building additional car lanes, assist in the reduction of greehouse gas emmissions and create healthier, more livable communities.


    I am aksing that you to consider allocating funding for cycle infrastructure along with all new major infrastructure projects: the costs are relatively small compared to the environmental, social and yes, even econimic gains.
  • commented 2017-04-13 13:57:58 -0700
    I have cycled on Cycle Highways in other jurisdictions and can see how they get people out commuting & enjoying expeditions in a healthier, environmentally

    sound and enjoyable way. I urge you to implement these in Metro Van as quickly as possible. They’ll be great for tourism as well.
  • commented 2017-04-13 10:34:33 -0700
    Currently bike paths in Burnaby are broken up and flow through major busy roads with lots of cars. I would love a cycle highway with reduced motor vehicles. My route to work from Burnaby to Richmond consists of having to go through different paths and roads that are disjointed leading to a longer commute time. eg. the cycling path simply ends at Gilmore Road – there are no “safe” paths beyond that. Dawson St would be more bike friendly alternative than busy Lougheed Road where many cars turn left / right and tend to travel a lot faster due to multiple lanes. If more thought has been put on building a straight path, that would be better.


    To get on the Greenway from Lougheed you’d also have to go around Douglas which doesn’t have a designated bike lane either.
  • commented 2017-04-12 19:51:36 -0700
    I walk, cycle and use public transit. I have chosen not to own a car.

    Metro Vancouver continues to have a disconnected cycling network, and I support the efforts of HUB Cycling and The British Columbia Cycling Coalition to UnGaptheMap and also push for cycle highways.


    Transportation design is often a self-fulfilling prophesy, with the vehicle traffic on a given road increasing to meet with expansions of the roadway.

    We need to flip the current priorities, which still sees private vehicles prized above public transit, cycling and walking.

    We need to put the people first, so persons of all ages, abilities, and socio-economic status, can have safe and inviting transportation options.

    Walking first, then cycling, public transit, taxis, delivery vehicles and lastly private vehicles.


    I also standby all the following points, written by The British Columbia Cycling Coalition:


    Despite cycling being the fastest growing mode of transport in Metro Vancouver, the cycling network is disconnected and a lot of people are unable to find safe routes to their destinations.


    Over 40% of locals want to cycle but currently don’t, and for many of them it’s because they are scared of dangerous road conditions.


    I support HUB Cycling’s UnGapTheMap campaign and urge the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) and TransLink to provide increased investment into cycling infrastructure. Sustained, high level funding would help create a safer, more connected network that would get more people cycling.


    Cycle highways, which are getting more people biking in countries such as Denmark, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands and the UK, would be a suitable solution for many of Metro Vancouver’s highest priority gaps.


    Cycle highways are suitable for all ages and abilities and provide direct, safe routes across longer distances, connecting communities and major destinations.


    The introduction of cycle highways would reduce congestion and greenhouse gases, provide healthier transportation choices and would encourage residents and tourists to access destinations across Metro Vancouver by bike.


    Please support safer cycling in Metro Vancouver by backing the introduction of cycle highways and considering this solution when planning all road and transit projects. By working closely with stakeholders, such as HUB Cycling and municipalities, to plan and implement cycle highways, Metro Vancouver could become one of the safest and most connected cycling regions in North America.
  • commented 2017-04-11 22:18:18 -0700
    I’m heartened to see much-needed funding for bike routes in recent months, and hope that trend will continue. My family and I bike a lot and appreciate its health benefits, affordability, and convenience. We especially love to do multi-day bike trips, and think there is a lot of untapped potential in cycle tourism in BC. However, this requires a good inter-city network of safe, separated bike routes.


    Since having our daughter we have been looking farther and farther afield for these types of routes, disappointed that in a province such as BC – celebrated for its outdoor recreation and natural beauty – there are very few routes we feel safe doing. HUB’s Cycle Highways idea and their ungap the map initiative highlight important infrastructure investments that would have many benefits, including GHG reduction, health promotion, provide more diverse affordable transportation options, and boosting local economies through new tourism opportunities.
  • commented 2017-04-11 20:49:55 -0700
    Please could you look into building cycle highways in Vancouver. It is great way to get the cars off the road and an added bonus of keeping people fit. I personally love commuting to work by bike but I do often have second thoughts as I have had several near misses with cars.
  • commented 2017-04-11 13:13:16 -0700
    Please make a commitment towards a network of cycle highways in Bc, especially from West Kelowna into Kelowna so I can bike to work.

    Presently it is unsafe to commute to work by bike from West Kelowna.

    people should be able to commute to work by bike and save money personally as well as the health care system by staying healthy, and to protect our environment.
  • commented 2017-04-11 13:02:28 -0700
    More bigger roads and wider bridges aren’t the answer. We need better public transit and Cycle Highways in Metro Vancouver. Electric bicycles are a viable option, even for longer commutes. As their popularity increases we need better infrastructure to further encourage their use. If we are to meet our carbon targets, this needs to happen.
  • commented 2017-04-11 11:39:04 -0700
    I regularly commute between Vancouver and Burnaby by bike and happen to have a decent bike route, however, this is not the case for many of my colleagues who would like to do inter-city bike commuting, but face infrastructure barriers. I have cycled in the Netherlands and Germany and was very impressed by the cycling infrastructure connectivity between cities that allowed for comfortable and safe cycling for people of all ages and abilities. I believe that lack of cycling infrastructure such as separated lanes is what holds may people back from cycling regularly as a form of transportation in Metro Vancouver. Separated lanes and dedicated bike routes throughout all of Metro Vancouver would be a great asset to our region with positive economic, environmental and public health impacts.
  • commented 2017-04-11 11:07:40 -0700
    Please add my name to the list of supporters in favour of long-distance paved & separated bicycle routes between key destinations within Metro Vancouver. These ‘cycle highways’ would be relatively inexpensive to construct and maintain, would tie into existing bike routes in various communities and help meet stated sustainable transport and health goals within Metro Vancouver.

    Key routes for consideration could include a north-south Vancouver -> Tsawassen and Coquitlam --> Surrey -> White Rock. East-west routes could include Langley -> Surrey -> New West -> YVR and Burnaby -> Port Moody -> Coquitlam -> Maple Ridge.

    Please ensure wide two-direction cycle routes are accommodated on any future major bridge or tunnel projects, particularly across the Fraser River.

    Cycling is a growing activity, and efforts to encourage more people to safely and efficiently travel across our region will put a dent into our traffic congestion concerns and benefit everybody, regardless of political agenda.


    Many thanks,

    Paul Buxton-Carr

    North Vancouver
  • commented 2017-04-11 11:02:00 -0700
    Please support building cycle highways. My main mode of transportation is cycling and I believe I have a right to safe and efficient cycling infrastructure. It is not fair that so much is spent on auto infrastructure.
  • commented 2017-04-11 10:24:50 -0700
    Despite cycling being the fastest growing mode of transport in Metro Vancouver, the cycling network is disconnected and a lot of people are unable to find safe routes to their destinations. Many of my friends, most with kids who would really benefit from more riding, want to cycle but currently don’t, and for many of them it’s because they are concerned about dangerous road conditions.


    I support HUB Cycling’s UnGapTheMap campaign and urge the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) and TransLink to provide increased investment into cycling infrastructure. Sustained, high level funding would help create a safer, more connected network that would get more people biking.


    Cycle highways, which are getting more people biking in countries such as Denmark, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands and the UK, would be a suitable solution for many of Metro Vancouver’s highest priority gaps.


    Cycle highways are suitable for all ages and abilities and provide direct, safe routes across longer distances, connecting communities and major destinations.


    The introduction of cycle highways would reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gases, provide healthier transportation choices and would encourage residents and tourists to access destinations across Metro Vancouver by bike.


    Please support safer cycling in Metro Vancouver by backing the introduction of cycle highways and considering this solution when planning all road and transit projects. By working closely with stakeholders, such as HUB Cycling and municipalities, to plan and implement cycle highways, Metro Vancouver could become one of the safest and most connected cycling regions in North America.
  • commented 2017-04-11 10:22:15 -0700
    Cycling is my primary form of transportation for work, errands and recreation all year round. A network of cycle highways would make travel safer, more appealing and more efficient for me and for all other cyclists and would-be cyclists.


    I support HUB Cycling’s UnGapTheMap campaign and urge the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) and TransLink to provide increased investment into cycling infrastructure. Sustained, high level funding would help create a safer, more connected network that would get more people cycling.
  • commented 2017-04-11 08:39:06 -0700
    Building cycle highways would improve cycling efficiency and attractiveness, shift people out of other congested modes and provide benefits such as reduced greenhouse gases, healthier habits and viable active transportation options for residents and tourists to get to destinations across Metro Vancouver by bike.
  • commented 2017-04-11 08:12:44 -0700
    A few years back a good friend’s daughter was killed on her bike on a mixed use road. She was a well loved teacher at Vancouver Tech. If the road had been divided from cars and cycling she would still be here today. We need more cycling highways.
  • commented 2017-04-10 23:19:13 -0700
    Our family of three, which includes a two year old, get around almost exclusively by bike. Having facilities which would allow us and other families to do so safely is top of mind for us. Even more so, once our son is older and is able to bike longer distances by himself, we’d like him to join us, but this will only be possible if there are separated bike streets that will take us across the city safely.


    In addition, ensuring that people have a convenient way to get to work and back, to drop off their kids, or to go to the beach, by bike will do a lot to helping ease the burden of congestion. This has benefits for all of us, in terms of reducing pollution, a healthier population as well as getting from place to place efficiently and safely. Please support a network of cycle highways, with the objective of providing direct and safe routes over long distances, for all ages and abilities.
  • commented 2017-04-10 22:56:34 -0700
    Please support the development of cycling highways in the Lower Mainland so that people can safely travel between communities on their bicycles. This will reduce traffic congestion & the pollution created by it, enhancing our communities for everyone.
  • commented 2017-04-10 22:52:28 -0700
    Cycling highways would encourage so many people to bike, as they would feel much safer than on shared roads with cars. This would result in reduced congestions and overall better cities. I am looking forward to hearing about your plans related to this and cycling infrastructure in general. This will be a key factor in my voting decision next election.
  • commented 2017-04-10 21:20:34 -0700
    Our government is committed to spending billions on bridges and highways in the hope of mitigating traffic congestion. This will not solve congestion and it will result in even more people commuting by car. With convenient and safe cycling infrastructure more people will cycle rather than drive. I took this leap 10 years ago and my health and the environment is better for it. A cycle highway will offer a faster commute than a highway clogged with cars. With the availability of ebikes capable of maintaining 32km/h on a cycle highway, one can travel long didtances. In Copenhagen almost 50% of commuters arrive on bicycle. If we had half that, imagine the impact on congestion. It’s time to change course. It’s time that we recognize expanding city roads to handle more cars is a dead end.
  • commented 2017-04-10 16:31:15 -0700
    I ride my bike year round to and from work, public transit and the ferry terminals in the lower mainland, and my friends and coworkers consider me crazy. I personally know dozens of people who would use cycle highways to do the same if safe, accessible bike routes were available. Make it easy for them and the less ‘extreme’ cyclists – your friends, family and neighbours – WILL use this infrastructure!
  • commented 2017-04-10 10:57:28 -0700
    Vancouver and the lower mainland have the start of a great cycle infrastructure. The results of which have been seen in radical increases in the number of cycling trips and % of trips taken.


    However, moving between communities is a challenge. The idea of cycle Highways is worthwhile as it enables cycling to take place where connections are poor and/or hazardous.


    Let’s invest in sustainable, scalable transportation solutions now.


    Best

    Campbell

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