Richard Campbell

I’ve had the pleasure of working with many of you to improve cycling around Vancouver and BC through HUB, BEST, Canada Bikes and the BCCC. Working with political leaders and staff in all levels of government, we have had many successes. From wider sidewalks on the Lions Gate Bridge and the Ironworks Bridge, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Path on the Canada Line Bridge, to the Central Valley Greenway. All told, these improvements total around $70 million.

While there are many reasons why I work to move cycling forward, what I find most rewarding is seeing more and more people cycling. Especially families with children.

Still, there is much to do. BC is a large province with great potential.

We need cycle tracks along main streets so people can safely and comfortably cycle to shops, cafes, restaurants, offices and other businesses.

We need safe connections between communities for locals and tourists. At least wide shoulders free of debris and preferable paths separated from high speed traffic.

We need to improve the Motor Vehicle Act or even better, replace it with a modern road users act that makes the safety of people cycling and walking the priority. Key changes include removing the requirement to ride single file allowing you to legally ride beside friends and families and a safe passing distance law.

We need improved standards for paths and roads ensuring that obstacles are not placed on or near bicycle paths, that fencing and railings do not cause crashes or serious injuries and that shoulders are wide, well maintained and kept clear of hazards. 

We need need to build stronger more organized cycling community across the Province to encourage leaders to make commitments to improve cycling and to provide the grassroots support they need when they show leadership in moving cycling.

We need your support to make this all happen. As the BCCC not a charity, we can’t issue tax receipts. However, that means we are not limited in the amount of money that we can and will devote for advocacy.

I look forward to continue working with you to make this beautiful province a great place for people of all ages to enjoy cycling.

Thank you for your great work and support.


  • Most businesses on urban streets make their money from pedestrians and cyclists

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  • posted about Motor Vehicle Act on Facebook 2017-01-02 01:22:15 -0800
    The rules of the road need updating to make cycling safer and reduce conflicts. Support Motor Vehicle Act changes.

    Motor Vehicle Act

    The Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) contains the laws governing the use of the roads in B.C. The Bike Sense Manual highlights the sections of the MVA specific to cycling.

    The BC Cycling Coalition and our partner groups have completed a review of the MVA and submitted a list of proposed improvements reflecting the best practices of progressive jurisdictions to BC Government officials. As part of a comprehensive Cycling Strategy for British Columbia that includes accelerated investment in cycling networks, cyclist and driver education and improved maintenance of cycling infrastructure and roads, the BC Cycling Coalition will be soon making recommendations to the Province to update this legislation.

    The purpose of the proposed improvements will be to:

    • Provide greater clarity to all road users
    • Acknowledge the fundamental differences between bicycles and motor vehicles
    • Improve the safety of cyclists and other road users while improving the convenience and comfort of cycling
    • Reduce conflicts among cyclists, pedestrians and motorists
    • Provide better legal protection to cyclists and pedestrians in the event of collisions with motor vehicles
    • Enable police to further focus their enforcement efforts efficiently on infractions that are the most likely to result in collisions, injuries and fatalities
    • Conform with the practices taught in CAN-Bike, Streetwise and other bicycle safety courses.

    These proposed changes will include:

    • Change of name of the act, as it applies to all modes, not just motor vehicles
    • Specify minimum passing distances,
    • Legal definitions of bicycle lanes and separated cycling facilities
    • Legalization of bicycle specific signals
    • Allowing riding two abreast 
    • Removal or updated as near to the right clause
    • Enabling cities to create blanket speed limits less than 50 km/h

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  • Street Parking is Dangerous for Everyone

    On-street parking is dangerous for people cycling, walking and driving. It reduces sightlines making it harder for people walking, driving and cycling to see each other. People cycling can be hit by car doors and vehicles accessing the parking.

    Cruising and Crashing for Parking

    A study by Donald C. Shoup of the University of California found between 8% and 74% of downtown traffic in cities was cruising for parking. This cruising not only increases congestion and pollution but most likely also results in more collisions with people walking, cycling and driving.

    Walking

    European priorities for pedestrian safety,European Transport Safety Council page 13

    Invisibility Pedestrians can be difficult to see: They are small compared to a car, and can be hidden by one. At night the problem is more severe. A parked car is the most commonly cited source of obstruction.

    Parked cars are a traffic hazard for pedestrians, particularly children. Research has shown that prohibiting on-street parking improves safety. The number of accidents is reduced by about 25% in streets where on-street parking is prohibited.

    From European Commission, Directorate-General Transport and Energy, page 16

    Pedestrian crashes often occur when people are trying to cross the street on links outside pedestrian crossings or where no pedestrian crossings exist. One of the causes is the driver’s difficulty in perceiving pedestrians because of darkness and/or parked cars. In the United Kingdom, nearly 90% of the injuries to older pedestrians which are caused by motor vehicles happen under such conditions. In over 10% of cases, the driver cannot see pedestrians because of parked cars.

    Vehicle speeds were slower in the presence of occupied on-street parking bays compared to the other two environments; however, the speed reduction was insufficient to compensate for observed impairments in drivers’ hazard perception and slower response to the pedestrian in this condition.

    Cycling

    On-street parking is dangerous for people cycling due to dooring, conflicts with automobiles pulling in or out of parking and reduced visibility of vehicles at intersections and driveways. 

    It concluded that the greatest risk to cyclists is when they share major streets with parked cars, with no bike lanes present — such as on Broadway in Vancouver — and that without a designated space on the road, cyclists face a greater risk of injury from moving cars and car doors opening.

    In contrast, the study concluded, roads with infrastructure designed for cyclists — including bike lanes on major streets without parked cars, residential street bike routes, and off-street bike paths — carry about half the risk, while physically separated bike lanes carry about one-tenth the risk.

    Teschke noted that while accidents involving parked car doors — “doorings” — were on the greatest route risk for cyclists, such accidents are responsible for 10 per cent of all crashes involving cyclists.

    Dooring is Dangerous to Cyclists

    Almost all people cycling along busy arterial streets without protected bike lanes are riding in the “door zone”, too close to the parked cars to avoid being hit by a door. This is especially dangerous on downhill sections where cyclist and motor vehicle speeds are higher and breaking distances are longer. Doorings have proven tragic. In 2001, 40 year-old actor Keith Provost of Vancouver was killed riding his bicycle as a result a driver opening a car door in front of him. In 2015, Patricia Keenan of Kelowna, was killed by a door opening in front of her.

    Vehicles Accessing Parking are Dangerous to Cyclists

    In addition to dooring, vehicles accessing parking are also dangerous. The Toronto Bicycle/Motor-Vehicle Collision Study 2003 found that vehicles pulling into or out of on-street parking were responsible for 1.2% of all cycling collisions with motor vehicles.

    Dooring is Dangerous to Drivers

    As soon as someone steps out of their car door, they are a pedestrian and face increased danger due to on-street parking. As well, being forced to suddenly brake or swerve to avoid hitting a fallen cyclist is dangerous for motorists.

    Photo: Cycle Toronto


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  • commented on All of Commercial For Everyone 2016-11-10 12:28:16 -0800
    It makes no sense to divert people on bikes that want to shop and visit businesses on the Drive over to Victoria. It is 600m back and forth. According to the City of Vancouver, already 11% of people access Commercial by bike and even the BIA’s survey has 7% arriving by bike. Plus, the City has identified Commercial as being one of the least safe streets in the city for cycling. Clearly improvements are needed.

    Streets For Everyone has engaged many in the community and found broad support for the bike lane. Plus it was included in the recommendations by the Citizens Assembly.

    The BIA petition and survey contains a lot of misinformation regarding the bike lane. For one, it is not a bicycle highway, it is a local route to access local businesses. And what the City mentioned in at the open houses, is reallocating a lane of traffic, that would have little impact on parking. It does no one, including the business any good to spread misinformation. Please write the BIA and encourage them to just stick to the facts.

  • Support Bike Lanes on The Drive - Please Donate

    Good news! The City of Vancouver is starting public consultation how to make Commercial Drive better for people of all ages cycling and using public transit.

    The BC Cycling Coalition has been working with the folks from Streets For Everyone over the last two years in their efforts to make the Drive a street that works for everyone. The core changes we are aiming for include widened sidewalks, better transit and transit shelters, protected bike lanes, better pedestrian crossings and more marked or signalized crosswalks, more street furniture, and more landscaping. More here.

    Unfortunately, in spite of evidence that bike lanes are good for business and support from several Drive businesses, the Commercial Drive BIA has come out against bike lanes. They even have a petition with 5,000 signatures opposing the bike lane.

    We need your help to continue to support Streets For Everyone by coordinating business outreach, petitioning and public engagement. Please contribute $5$10$15, or $20 per month or make a one-time donation.


  • posted about The Climate is Right for Cycling on Facebook 2016-10-16 23:11:45 -0700
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    The Climate is Right for Cycling

    The climate is changing, populations are increasingly vulnerable, and the world is finally listening.

    We are seeing an incredible synergy across the world of people coming together for this cause. It’s time to alter how we live in hopes of keeping our climate from rising more than 2 degrees celsius. In BC, we need to join voices now to ask for what we need in order to make the changes that count.     

    The BC government recently released its Climate Leadership Plan which did not include any new cycling initiatives. While the Climate Leadership Team’s recommendations to the Government include the possibility of using Carbon Tax revenue to fund cycling and walking infrastructure, the Climate Leadership Plan is deferring any increase in the Carbon Tax to further discussions with the Federal Government.

    The Plan acknowledges there is much work still to be done and states:

    B.C. is committed to reaching our 2050 target to reduce GHG emissions to 80 per cent below 2007 levels. That means continuing to update our plan, which we will do over the course of the following year and every five years after that.

    The Climate Leadership Team acknowledged the importance in the short term of the creation of communities more conducive to transit, walking and biking so there is still the opportunity for the Province to commit to investing more in cycling over the coming year.

    We still need to work hard to convince the BC Government to enable everyone in Province to cycle and walk for their daily trips by investing $1 billion over ten years in cycling and walking. Please sign the petition and write the Premier.

    Cycling is Effective

    We know that “At approximately 37%, transportation is B.C.’s largest source of emissions.” (BC Gov). We also know that people in BC want to cycle more, and would do so if they had access to separated bike lanes.

    Replacing trips made in vehicles with bike trips is a lot more effective at reducing GHG emissions than replacing cars with alternative cars, and building car centric “Infrastructure [that] is located, designed and maintained to withstand extreme weather conditions.” (Discussion Paper, pg 15)

    If BC is serious about ‘reducing GHG emissions to two tonnes or less per capita (a 95% reduction from 1990) by 2050, cycling needs to be allocated the resources to grow immensely. Doing this will allow those that already want to start biking, or do it more often to join.  

    Facts:

    According to a new report published by the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy and the University of California, Davis, if we increase trips made on bike from 7% globally to 23% by 2050, we could save 300 megatons of CO2 emissions, and 24 trillion dollars. (Full Report)

    Cycling is Popular

    Cycling is popular with almost 70% of adults in BC riding a bicycle at least once a year. Many want to cycle more with almost 70%, 3 million people, indicating they would ride more if there were separated bike lanes that protected them from traffic. The CRD estimates that building out the cycling network would increase cycling to 15% of all trips while TransLink estimates network buildout in Metro Vancouver will increase cycling to 10% of trips.

    Based on these estimates by region, the cost of building cycling networks around the Province will be be approximately $2.3 billion. For less than the cost of a new highway bridge, we can have quality bike routes that millions of British Columbians will enjoy. However, based on current levels of investment, cycling networks will take 20, 30 or even 40 years to complete. Not nearly fast enough given the urgency to find climate change solutions.

    Where significant investments have been made, cycling has increased dramatically. Between 2008 and 2014, daily cycling trips by City of Vancouver residents over doubled increasing from 50,000 to 131,000. In Central Okanagan, daily cycling trips increased by 43% from 2007 to 15,400 in 2013.

    We are being heard:

    Since the start of the Billion for Bikes campaign, the BC Government has increased cycling funding by $2 million to $8 million per year. Much more is needed but that is a good start. The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services has also officially recommended investment in cycling. Read the details about the recommendation here.

    Take Action

    1. Sign the Petition

    Please sign and share the petition and donate to our Billions for Bikes Campaign. Don't be shy- Feel free to share and celebrate the news with fellow bikers at stop lights, or with your barista- social media is not the only way!

    2. Donate 

    Along with lending your voice, monetary support is immensely appreciated. The BC Cycling Coalition's ability to push for change is fueled by fundraising. A sincere thank you to those who have already donated. 

    3. Write Premier Clark and Your MLA

    Please Premier Clark know that you want cycling to be a big part of its plans to address climate change. Let them know what greatly improved cycling would mean for your family and community. 

    Email premier@gov.bc.ca and cc:

    oppositionleader@leg.bc.ca, FIN.Minister@gov.bc.ca, andrew.weaver.mla@leg.bc.ca, hlth.minister@gov.bc.ca, Minister.Transportation@gov.bc.ca, ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca, claire.trevena.MLA@leg.bc.ca, carole.james.mla@leg.bc.ca, spencer.herbert.MLA@leg.bc.ca, david.eby.MLA@leg.bc.ca, judy.darcy.mla@leg.bc.ca, info@bccc.bcca, local_organization_email, local_mla_email


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    For over 15 years the BC Cycling Coalition has been the leading provincial voice for people who cycle. By joining, you add your voice to an expanding provincial movement calling for better, safer, more comfortable infrastructure, universal cycling education programs; and a provincial cyclotourism network. 

    Our team has over 60 combined years of experience successfully championing improvements and developing innovative programs that encourage more people to cycle more often. These successes, achieved through engaging government, individuals and businesses include:

    • Increased funding for cycling facilities in communities by 50% over three years, $18 million
    • Doubling the frequency of shoulder sweeping on highways popular with cyclists
    • Province adopting a cycling tourism strategy
    • Wider paths on the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, $20 million
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  • posted about The Trail of the Okanagans on Facebook 2016-09-21 20:45:46 -0700
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    The Trail of the Okanagans - Help Complete this Spectacular Cycling & Walking Trail

    One of the key natural features of the Okanagan Valley is a chain of lakes that are connected by the Okanagan River. Many small and medium-sized communities dot their shorelines. Vineyards and orchards welcome visitors and residents. It is a remarkably beautiful region.

    Over the last few years trail development for hikers and cyclists has progressed to a point where it becomes feasible to connect all communities of the Okanagan Valley including Osoyoos, Penticton, Kelowna, Lake Country and Vernon with a continuous 250km pathway. Over 70% will follow abandoned rail trails along beautiful lakeshores, valleys and rivers. Only a very small portion will follow Highway 97 on a separate bike lane or go through suburban areas on residential roads.

    The Okanagan Valley has established an international reputation as a cycling paradise. Unfortunately many cycling events are at the local level since there currently is no safe way of cycling from community to community. Several local governments and volunteer groups including The Trail of the OkanagansThe Okanagan Rail Trail InitiativeThe Gellatly Bay Trails and Parks Society and The Shuswap Trail Alliance have developed plans to address this situation. 

    The vision of a valley-wide cycling corridor includes the development of loops and spurs that provide access to communities, vineyards, beaches, parks, the Trans Canada Trail and the many single-track mountain bike areas. Various studies have shown that significant economic benefits can be realized by encouraging cycling-tourism. In addition a safe, affordable, green transportation option is required for commuters and students visiting UBC Okanagan and the various facilities of the Okanagan College.

    Though significant investments have already been made by local municipalities, regional districts and the Provincial Government, additional funding is required to build safe cycling lanes along sections of Highway 97, to acquire land leases from private owners and the Okanagan Nation bands, and to construct trails or to improve the surface of existing trails.

    These infrastructure investments are expected to yield significant returns by extending the short summer tourist season into the spring and fall shoulder seasons, which is required to make additional private investment for businesses including hotels, restaurants viable. 

    HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN

    The $1 billion for cycling and walking proposed by the BC Cycling Coalition would greatly speed the completion of Trail of the Okanagans and other cycling improvements in the Okanagan thus enabling residents and visitors to experience the economic, health and environmental benefits of cycling sooner. Please sign the petition and share it with your friends, family and co-workers.


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