Here is the response from NDP Leadership Candidate Adrian Dix to our cycling survey. Adrian is the first leadership candidate from either party to complete the survey.
1. How often do you ride a bicycle per month?
I actually don’t cycle. I run, walk and use transit for most of my urban/suburban travel.
2. What level of funding for bicycle paths, separated bike lanes and other high-quality cycling infrastructure do you support per person per year in BC?
I am not putting forward an alternate budget in this campaign. However, I support more funding for more and improved cycling lanes. The NDP has a record of expanded cycling while in office and I want to do more to make cycling an important part of integrated transport systems and plans.
3. Do you also support $5 million per year of provincial funding for a comprehensive cycling education program including cycling skills training for children and adults and safety awareness campaigns for drivers and cyclists?
As I stated above, I am not putting forward an alternative budget. However, I support the expansion of cycling education and skills training.
4. Do you support changing the Motor Vehicle Act to enable municipalities to set blanket speed limits in residential areas and on bicycle routes below 50km/h?
Yes, in principle, subject to full discussions with the Union of BC Municipalities and others with expertise.
5. Do you support a comprehensive review of the Motor Vehicle Act with the specific goal of improving the safety of and legal protection for vulnerable road users including pedestrians and cyclists?
6. What other measures do you support to enable more British Columbians to choose cycling as a safe and convenient form of transportation?
Expanded bike lanes, removing the HST, working with transit and transportation planning agencies to ensure maximum integration of transport modes.
Thanks to Adrian and his campaign for the reply. The BCCC requested responses from all NDP and Liberal leadership Candidates. We will post the responses from other leadership candidates as we receive them. If any of the political parties send us a position on cycling, we will post it as well.