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We make cycling better through education, action and events.  More cycling means healthier, happier, more connected communities. We’re leading the way in making cycling an attractive choice for everyone.

We serve the Metro Vancouver communities of Anmore, Belcarra, Burnaby, Coquitlam, Delta, Langley, New Westminister, Maple Ridge, North Vancouver, Pitt Meadows, Port Coquitlam, Port Moody, Richmond, Surrey, Vancouver, West Vancouver, White Rock.

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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.


  • responded to More Bucks for Biking - Take the BC Budget Survey! with submitted 2017-10-12 12:00:26 -0700

    More Bucks for Biking - Take the BC Budget Survey!

    Last year, thanks to your efforts engaging in the budget process and writing letters, the BC Government increased its investment in cycling from $6 million to $9.25 million. A good increase but still not enough to enable everyone to cycle for their daily trips. Much more is needed. 

    The BC Legislature's Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services is asking for your input.  

    Please complete the survey or make a submission by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 16. 

    Here are some suggestions for survey responses that you can copy over (If your responses disappear, just click Launch Survey button again). Always good to add your local cycling projects and other ideas. Especially ones that will have a big impact. More in our submission from last year. Please also send your comments to the Premier.

    Question One
    What are your top priorities to help make life more affordable in British Columbia?

    -  Investing $100 million per year in networks of bike paths, protected bike lanes and sidewalks in communities around the province. Every child, woman and man in BC should be able to chose to walk and cycle for their daily trips. Cycling and walking are the most affordable transportation solutions both for individuals and governments. This will also help make our roads safer reducing crashes, injuries, health care costs and ICBC rates.

    - Removing the PST and add rebating for electric bikes. This will help make green transportation more affordable for many people in BC especially with long commutes or mobility challenges. It is unfair that there are rebates for electric cars but not for electric bikes.

    - Increased funding for maintenance of shoulders, bike lanes and paths used by people who cycle.

    - More funding for road safety education focused on cycling.

    - Increased funding for cycling skills training for children. 

    Question Two

    What service improvements should be given priority?

    - More enforcement of traffic laws focused on saving lives; speeding, distracted driving and drunk driving. This will help save lives, reduce healthcare costs and lower ICBC rates.

    Question Three
    What are your ideas, approaches, and/or priorities for creating good jobs and to build a sustainable economy in every corner of our province?

    - Investing funding in cycling and walking networks across the Province will create jobs in communities around the province.

    - Cycling and walking infrastructure generates significantly more jobs per amount invested than road projects.

    - BC has great cycling tourism potential. Unfortunately, BC is not investing enough in building and maintaining high quality cycling tourism routes. For example, sections of the Trans Canada Trail and Kettle Valley Railway are unridable due to poor maintenance and damage caused by motorized vehicles.

    - Good cycling and walking facilities will attract talent and businesses to BC communities.

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  • Municipal Leaders Support Automated Speed Enforcement by Schools, Parks & Playgrounds

    Municipal leaders called on the BC government to allow them to use speed cameras on local roads at the 2017 UBCM conference. Automated speed enforcement has proven to be effective around the world at lowering crashes, injuries and fatalities. According to the ICBC Review, just enabling speed enforcement on red light cameras in BC could reduce the severity of crashes by 11% to 45%.

    From UBCM 2017 Resolutions Book, page 165:

    Whereas local governments must address traffic safety challenges to ensure the well-being of our residents while balancing limited financial and RCMP resources.

    And whereas traffic speed enforcement in residential areas, playground and school zones is labour intensive and the ability to use photo radar as an enforcement tool has proven to be effective and efficient in the management of speed:

    Therefore be it resolved that UBCM call on the provincial government to amend provincial legislation to permit local governments to independently implement photo radar on local roads at the local government’s expense. 

    From the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

    Speed cameras can reduce crashes substantially. [Decina, Thomas, et al., 2007] reviewed 13 safety impact studies of automated speed enforcement internationally, including one study from a United States jurisdiction. The best-controlled studies suggest injury crash reductions are likely to be in the range of 20 to 25 percent at conspicuous, fixed camera sites.

    We are concerned that mobile enforcement vans could be parking in bike lanes, shoulders or otherwise block cycling facilities. Fixed cameras may prove to be a better option both at improving safety and increasing the likelihood that drovers will know the cameras are their and thus lowering their speed to avoid tickets. 

    It is time that the BC government make our roads safer for people cycling, walking and driving. Please write the Premier.

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  • published Make Our Roads Safer for Everyone in Take Action 2017-07-23 13:29:01 -0700

    Make Our Roads Safer for Everyone

    The BC Road Safety Strategy has a lot of good recommendations that if implemented, would make our roads much safer for everyone cycling, walking and driving. Unfortunately, the vast majority of policy measures have not been implemented and infrastructure changes have not been made on the scale needed to make much of a difference.

    Take Action: Please Email the Premier and Ministers

    Not surprisingly, the result has been increased crashes and higher ICBC rates. It is time the BC Government got really serious about road safety.

    Transportation Choices

    One key measure that we strongly support is reducing driving by providing people with excellent cycling, walking and transit choices. Sadly, the government has been underinvesting in cycling, walking and transit for decades giving many no reasonable cycling, walking and transit options.

    Safer Speed Limits

    Slower speeds decrease the number and severity of crashes and are especially important to make our reads safer for people walking and cycling.

    • Reduced speed limits on highways
    • Giving communities the authority to set default speed limits below 50 km/h
    • Default 30 km/h on local roads

    Enforcement

    The ICBC review by Ernst & Young covered in a Vancouver Sun article supported the following measures:

    • Increasing the number of red light cameras at intersections and using them for automated speed enforcement
    • Automated speed cameras which international research has shown could cut fatal and serious collisions by more than a third
    • Really cracking down on distracted driving with increased penalties and greater enforcement
    • Doubling the number of roadside breath tests and significantly increasing penalties. 

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  • Community Engagement Assistant - Kelowna

    The BC Cycling Coalition is excited to offer two positions this summer which will play a large role in expanding our activities and outreach efforts on provincial and local cycling issues in the Kelowna area. Applicants must be eligible for Canada Summer Jobs. See Qualifications below for more details.

    The Community Engagement Assistants will be front runners in engaging with community members and communicating the work that the BC Cycling Coalition, the Kelowna Area Cycling Coalition and other cycling groups are undertaking. There will also be opportunities to meet and work with local, provincial, national and international active transportation experts.

    Read more

  • posted about Safer Passing Campaign Donate on Facebook 2017-04-27 23:20:48 -0700
    Help make BC roads safer for cycling. Please donate to the BC Cycling Coalition's Safer Passing Campaign!

    Support our Safer Passing Campaign!

    $856.00 raised
    GOAL: $5,000.00

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    Your generous contribution will help us mobilize the support needed to convince the BC Government to make cycling & walking safer by adopting a Safer Passing Law through:

    • Outreach to organizations and businesses 
    • A letter writing campaign to show the government that a lot of people a safer passing law
    • A pledge so that drivers can commit to safer passing
    • Meetings with politicians and officials
    • Press releases, op-eds and on-line ads
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  • responded to People Who Bike To Work Live Longer, Have 45% Lower Risk Of Cancer with submitted 2017-04-20 11:00:28 -0700

    People Who Bike To Work Live Longer, Have 45% Lower Risk Of Cancer

    A new study from researchers at the University of Glasgow found that people who cycle to work live longer having a lower risk of death from any cause. They also state that population health may be increased by policies that encourage active transportation including the building of bike lanes.

    CNBC reports:

    The study, published on Thursday in the BMJ, found that compared to "a non-active commute", riding a bike to work was associated with a 45 percent lower risk of cancer and a 46 percent lower risk of heart disease.

    The article in StudyFinds states:

    The study examined how 264,000 people — averaging about 53 years old and pulled from a British database focusing on biological information — got to work each day. The participants indicated on a questionnaire their modes of transportation — be it by car, bike, public transportation, or foot. They were also polled on their level of physical activity.

    In a follow-up about five years after the study began, researchers then determined which participants had either died or were admitted to a hospital at some point during the study. They determined that the participants who commuted to work by bicycle had the lowest risk of death from any cause and lowest risk of cancer.

    Of course, the researchers caution that the results are strictly observational, and that cause-and-effect can’t be concluded from this study. “The findings, if causal, suggest population health may be improved by policies that increase active commuting, particularly cycling, such as the creation of cycle lanes, cycle hire or purchase schemes, and better provision for cycles on public transport,” the study notes.

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  • donated 2017-04-16 14:08:56 -0700

    Donate

    $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:

    Donate

  • responded to Communities on the Move - Biking, Walking, Transit & Wheelchairs with submitted 2017-04-10 10:46:49 -0700

    Communities on the Move - Biking, Walking, Transit & Wheelchairs

    Creating Smart, Fair and Healthy Transportation Options For All BC Communities

    The BC Cycling Coalition is proud to be a part of the Communities on the Move Declaration, joining partners including BC Healthy Living Alliance, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Lung Association.

    Show your support by sending a quick email to the leaders and candidates. We strongly encourage organizations and businesses to support improved cycling, walking and transit by endorsing the Declaration.

    Vision

    We envision that in 10 years, across BC – in communities small and large, it will be easy, safe and enjoyable to get around, whether by walking, biking, ride-sharing, by public transit or in a wheelchair. We want to see the provincial government making progressive investments that support active, connected and healthy communities.

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    • Healthy Communities: Safe biking and walking routes, good street design and regular transit should be available to all British Columbians so that it is easy to be active and healthy. These can also make it easier for people to be socially connected which is important for mental health.
    • Mobility for All: A range of transportation options should be available to all British Columbians – including those who live in smaller communities, and vulnerable groups such as children, older adults and those with disabilities or low incomes as well as non-drivers – so that everyone can have access to education, employment, shopping, healthcare, recreation, cultural events and social connections.
    • Clean Air and Environment: Public transit and active modes of transportation should be available to all British Columbians as these can reduce local air pollution and carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.
    • Economic Opportunities and Cost Savings: Active and public transportation facilities are smart investments as they can stimulate local business and tourism in communities of all sizes. These investments can also control rising healthcare costs because regular physical activity keeps people healthier and out of the healthcare system.
    • Consideration of Community Needs: All BC communities should have a range of convenient, affordable transportation options that are tailored to their context – whether urban or remote, dense or dispersed, small or suburban.
    • Safety for All Road Users: The design and rules of the road should ensure that all British Columbians can arrive at their destination safely.}}

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    • A Provincial Active Transportation Strategy
      • Invest $100M per year over the next 10 years to support the development of local cycling and walking infrastructure within a larger provincial network.2. Prioritize the completion of connected cycling and walking transportation networks.
      • Develop an Active Transportation unit within the Ministry of Transportation to provide professional planning and policy expertise at the provincial level.
      • Invest in Active School Travel Planning and standarized cycling education for healthy, active children.
    • Investment in transit
      • Invest in the full implementation of the BC Transit Strategic Plan 2030 and local governments’ ‘Transit Future Plans’ to grow transit service and meet local needs.1.
      • Ensure a fair share of capital funding and secure, predictable regional revenue tools for the full implementation of the TransLink Mayor’s Council 10-Year Vision.
      • Continue and expand the universal bus pass (UPASS) program to students and employees of post-secondary institutions.
      • Invest in public transportation systems that serve small, rural, remote and isolated communities such as the use of school buses and bus services that feed into regional centres.
    • Commitment to equity
      • Ensure transit accessibility for people on disability assistance by increasing the affordability of transit passes.
      • Improve handyDART service to meet demand and to expand accessibility to evenings, Sundays and holidays.
      • Ensure funding is allocated geographically and equitably across the province. Recognize infrastructure deficits for pedestrian, cycling and transit modes as well as limitations faced by rural, remote, geographically isolated and small communities as part of funding criteria.
    • Consideration of Regional Needs
      • Work with local governments to establish a Rural Transportation Strategy. Develop and invest in innovative community transportation systems, ride-sharing, tele-services and telecommuting options that can serve rural and remote British Columbians.
      • Develop and support implementation of Winter City Guidelines that give residents the opportunity to be active all year long. This should include operational measures such as snow-clearing for active transportation networks and improved winter road maintenance.
      • Support the Metro Vancouver Mayor’s Council to pursue alternative funding mechanisms.
    • Commitment to Safety
      • Support the BC Road Safety Strategy Vision Zero: work with partners to create safer streets and to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on the roads of BC. Speed limits should be reduced and strictly enforced, including through the use of cameras and other proven safety measures.
      • Prioritize safety measures for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and those in wheelchairs and mobility devices.}}{{action?html=Yes. I want Healthy Transportation CHOICES!&anchor=#mailer}}
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    Please help with this campaign:

    Your donation will help us make cycling safer for all, visit www.bikehub.ca/adoptagap to support our work.

    Many thanks,

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    To help enable everyone to cycle and walk for their daily trips, we recommend that the Provincial Government accelerate its cycling and walking investment to $100 million per year. This, along with investment from communities and the Federal Government, will enable communities to build out their cycling networks thus enabling the benefits including GHG emissions reductions and health care cost savings to be realized sooner. This funding would be used to upgrade Provincial roads and bridges; complete cycling and walking networks in communities; provide Safe and Healthy Routes to School; and for paths used by visitors and residents.}}

     

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    As part of UnGaptheMap, HUB Cycling is encouraging bold and innovative infrastructure to connect Metro Vancouver’s cycling network.

     

    One such solution is cycle highways which are suitable for all ages and abilities and would provide direct, safe routes across longer distances and connect communities and destinations across our region.

    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.

    Cycle highways already exist in countries such as Denmark, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, and the UK and could be implemented along routes such as the BC Parkway, Lower Lynn interchanges, and parallel to sections of Lougheed Highway.  

    Show your support for cycle highways by emailing your MLA and BC’s elected leaders and asking them to consider and allocate funding for cycle highways in all new projects.

    With your support, cycle highways could play a major role in achieving the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure’s cycling policy objectives, and in doing so, significantly ungap Metro Vancouver’s cycling network.

    Here are some key points that you can incorporate into your letter…

    • 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.

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  • published Save the Trans Canada Trail in BC in Rail Trails 2017-03-30 15:07:25 -0700

    Save the Trans Canada Trail in BC from Motorized Vehicles

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    trail_big_puddle.jpegLarge sections of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) Rail Trails in BC are being threatened by motorized use including ATVs, dual sport bikes, motorcycles, automobiles and 4x4s.

    The use of these Rail Trails by motorised vehicles is ruining the surface of the trails making it very difficult if not impossible to cycle, walk or use wheelchairs comfortably on them. The noise and pollution of gas-powered vehicles makes using these trails much less pleasant for other trail users and the speed of these vehicles pose a safety risk.

    These rail trails, which include the Kettle Valley Rail Trail and the Columbia and Western Rail Trail form a significant portion of the Trans Canada Trail in BC, linking rural and urban residents with health and fitness benefits, active transportation opportunities and have great low-carbon tourism and recreational potential.

    For the past 20 years, volunteers across BC have worked to obtain the Provincial and Federal dollars and public donations necessary to assemble the TCT in British Columbia as a recreational greenway for cyclists, walkers and equestrians across British Columbia. The rail corridors were reserved and funded with the expectation that they were for cycling, walking and equestrians.  Adjacent landowners supported rails to trails on this condition because motorised uses are often incompatible or disruptive to farming and ranching.

    Because rail trail gradients are ideal for cycling, they are also highly attractive to cycle tourists who want to travel long distances on a pathway without highway traffic.  When the cycling tourism potential of these trails is developed, they will offer a superior trail product that would provide good family-wage jobs through trail related services and products and improve the livability of adjacent trail communities.  The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association completed in 2015 a strategy plan supported by Destination BC describing how these rail trails could be developed into a tourism product.

    We need to have money invested in natural resource management and transportation to solve the impasse with motorized recreation users.  Communities along the rail trail corridor deserve to benefit from gains in health and fitness, active transportation, and cycle tourism initiatives, as has been done elsewhere in North America.  One of the suggested ways to move ahead is to consider designating the TCT a linear park or greenway officially so that cultural, historical and natural resources are protected to the full extent possible, such as under the BC Heritage Act.  

    The status quo is not acceptable making it necessary that something must be done.  People cycling are being routed off the rail trails due to their poor condition onto highways.  These rail trails are often the only safe options for travelling between communities for those who can’t or don’t want to drive. The only other options are roads with high speed traffic that often don’t even have shoulders.

    We recognize that in addition to recreation, ATVs and other gas powered vehicles are used as low cost transportation by some who can’t afford to drive or are unable to drive. With rural poverty being a challenge around BC, we will work with groups and individuals to help address these issues with solutions that do not involve the use of motorized vehicles on rail trails. While improving cycling and walking will help many, we realize that not everyone can or wants to cycle or walk longer distances. Possible measures to consider are:

    • Encourage the government to fund and build motorised trails that provide needed access without the use of rail trails
    • Allowing ATVs to use road shoulders
    • Allowing ATVs to use roads in a community

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    Your generous contribution will help us mobilize the support needed to help save the Trans Canada Trail & other rail trails in BC from motorized vehicles and encourage improvements to make them great for cycling and walking:

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    • Petition & letter writing campaigns to show the government that a lot of people support better trails for walking and cycling
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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 has made recommendations to the Province to update this legislation.

    The purpose of the proposed improvements are 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 include:

    • Change of name of the act, as it applies to all modes, not just motor vehicles
    • Specify minimum passing distance of 1.5m
    • 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
    • A default speed limit of 30 km/h on local streets 

    More information on the proposed changes here.

    If you are interested in getting involved, please volunteer

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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.

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    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.

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  • published Sign In 2016-11-11 22:28:35 -0800

  • 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 2017-04-08 22:32:46 -0700
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    The Climate is Right for Cycling

    Take Action: Please Email the Premier

    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 the Premier and Your MLA

    Please the Premier 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. 

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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
    • Cycling and Walking safety upgrades to the Stanley Park Causeway, $7 million
    • Central Valley Greenway, $40 million
    • Cycling and Walking Path on the Canada Line Bridge, $10 million

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  • posted about The Trail of the Okanagans on Facebook 2016-09-21 20:45:46 -0700
    This will be an awesome trail!

    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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