Ira Heidemann commented on Seaside Greenway emailer 2017-10-03 17:27:57 -0700Dear Park Board Commissioners,
I urge the Park Board to improve the dangerous segment of the Seaside Greenway route in the Kitsilano Beach area immediately. This section from the Burrard Bridge west to Balsam Street is one of the last unsafe sections of the iconic 28 km Seaside Greenway.
The route through this incredibly well-used section of the Greenway either forces people walking and biking to share a narrow asphalt path or else forces people to ride on roads with heavy traffic and parking on both sides as well as through an extremely busy parking lot. People choose to bike on the Greenway because it is perhaps the most safe, scenic, and flat route in Vancouver and as a result it attracts people of all ages and abilities, including many children, novice, and recreational cyclists. The condition of the Greenway in this section not only deters those people on bikes to continue westward to Jericho and Spanish Banks, but it is also dangerous to them as they deal with conflicts with inattentive motorists on the roads and is unsafe for both people cycling and walking on the busy shared path.
I look forward to hearing that you will be acting on this issue urgently.
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Ira Heidemann signed Invest in Walking, Cycling & Transit, Not High Income Tax Cuts 2015-07-15 05:49:10 -0700
Imagine that within the next ten years, you, your family and friends can safely and comfortably cycle and walk to work, school, and shopping as well as for recreation and exercise. And when you would rather take transit, there is a bus or a train nearby arriving within a few short minutes.
To help make this a reality, the Province could eliminate the planned tax cuts for those earning over $150,000 per year and instead invest in cycling, walking and transit in communities around B.C. While more funding will be needed, especially in Metro Vancouver, this will be a great step forward.
The higher tax bracket for people earning over $150,000 is set to expire at the end of 2015. This will result in a tax reduction worth around $225 million per year. Alberta just raised taxes on high income earners so it makes sense British Columbia not to cut similar taxes.
Everyone, including those earning over $150,000, would benefit much more if the Province eliminated this tax cut and instead invested of this revenue in improved walking, cycling and transit in communities around the Province.
Everyone's time is valuable. For example, someone earning $150,000 per year is 93 hours spent or $6700 worth of their time per year stuck in congestion in Metro Vancouver.
Everyone benefits from safer roads. By enabling more people to choose cycling, walking and transit, there will be fewer cars on the road and thus fewer crashes leading to fewer injuries and fatalities.
Everyone benefits from a strong economy. Transit, cycling and walking are affordable transportation. People cycling and walking are more productive at work. Cycling tourism has huge potential in B.C. For example, in Oregon, cycling tourism contributes $400 million per year to the economic.
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Petition - Invest in Walking, Cycling & Transit, Not High Income Tax Cuts
Petition to Honourable the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, in Legislature Assembled.
We the undersigned, draw your attention to the health, economic, environmental and social benefits of walking, cycling and transit.
Your petitioners call upon the B.C. Legislature to extend the higher tax bracket for people earning over $150,000 beyond 2015 and invest the $225 million per year of revenue in improving walking, all ages & abilities cycling and transit in communities across British Columbia.
We believe that there has never been a better opportunity to ensure that provincial highways work for all road users.
I am a strong supporter of the BC Cycling Coalition's position that having safer provincial highways requires taking all transportation modes into account. I believe that the Province should take advantage of the Rural Highways Safety and Speed Review to ensure that all cycling facilities on highways meet or exceed the standards for the actual speed of vehicles.
Ensuring high standards on rural highways is an essential step to unlocking millions of dollars in cycle tourism across BC. Cycling for transportation, recreation, and tourism is a popular option for residents across BC and could grow dramatically with the right investment and policy.
While the majority of B.C.’s highways, including some newer ones like the Sea to Sky, provide sub-standard cycling conditions relatively simple solutions could be implemented to ensure the usability by cycle commuters and tourists.
The BCCC recommends that speed limit increases not be considered on any highway unless there are adequate facilities present for cyclists of varying abilities, and that a review of cycling facilities, maintenance procedures and cycling collisions be undertaken in conjunction with the speed limit review.
Adequate cycling facilities can be provided through a variety of means, including:
Sufficiently wide paved shoulders that are well maintained and kept free of road debris
Physically separated bike lanes, preferably directional and properly integrated into intersection design;
High quality bike paths within highway rights-of-way, with safe and efficient crossings of intersecting roads;
A high quality bike path outside of a highway right-of-way could be an option if it involved no substantive increase in distance or grade.
Further information is available in the BC Cycling Coalition's Position Statement.