Chris Higgins

  • commented on Seaside Greenway emailer 2018-03-12 22:54:47 -0700
    Please have the political strength to make the right decision to make this bike lane happen for the sake of our children and their grandma both of whom bike.

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    Let the Park Board know you want a safe and comfortable Seaside Greenway
    Tell the commissioners what a complete, separated Seaside Greenway through Kitsilano Beach would mean for your friends and family
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  • commented on Road Safety Emailer 2019-01-23 22:30:03 -0800
    Lets bring in lower speed limits on side streets in cities and improve enforcement with automated enforcement.

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    Tell them about your close calls or crashes. Let them know you want transportation choices; more enforcement of drunk and distracted driving laws; automated speed enforcement; and lower speed limits to help protect you and your loved ones.
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  • commented on Electric Bike Emailer 2019-05-12 09:27:24 -0700
    We are now a family of 4 and I can no longer take the kids to daycare on my bike as the weight is too much. We would like to buy an e bike but they are a bit out of our price range. A rebate and removing the PST would make it achievable.

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    Let them know how more affordable electric bikes and dramatically increased investment in cycling networks will help you and others in your community get around.
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  • commented on Write BC's Leaders 2018-04-22 22:27:23 -0700
    I would like to see more protected bike lanes so my family and I can get to work, daycare, and school together by bike. We would like to drive our car less. Thank you!

    Write BC's Leaders for More Cycling Funding

    While there has been investment by all levels of government in cycling routes in communities around the Province over the last decade, often these routes are not connected to each other leaving you stranded with your bike at busy intersections. Many destinations are still not served by safe comfortable convenient cycling connections. Until people can cycle from anywhere to anywhere without worrying if there is a good bicycle route, many won’t chose to ride a bicycle and we will not realize the full economic, health, environmental and social benefits from the hundreds of millions of dollars already invested in cycling.

    Inadequate Funding for Communities

    Communities across the province have produced extensive cycling network plans. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding, these cycling networks may not be complete for 20 to 30 years. For instance:

    • Surrey has recently completed a cycling plan that includes over 470 km of additional bike lanes and paths. With current funding, it plans on completing around 12km per year but has indicated that additional funding from the provincial and Federal Governments would speed implementation of the plan.
    • The Pedestrian & Cycling Master Plan – Capital Regional District estimated the cost of upgrading the bicycle network to attract people of all ages and abilities is around $275 million.
    • TransLink has estimated that completing all ages cycling networks around the region may be much higher than $800 million. Due to lack of new funding sources, in 2013, TransLink only invested $2 million.

    Decades of Underinvestment

    A large expenditure on cycling facilities is required to make up ground lost through several decades of underinvestment . The Netherlands, widely hailed as the world leader in cycling, spends approximately $40 per person per year on cycling. Several other jurisdictions with cycling levels similar to that of BC are matching or exceeding that level of investment. London Mayor Johnson recently announced he will increase  cycling funding to $619 million over the next three years.

    Cost Effective

    No other transportation investment of similar size can boast the potential to be enjoyed by people of all ages and income brackets, in communities large and small, throughout the province. High quality cycling facilities that are attractive to a significant portion of the population such as bicycle paths and separated bicycle lanes can cost from $1 million to $4 million per km (1/6 the cost of one km of road network for motorized vehicles). This investment will enable the construction of hundreds of kilometres of high quality facilities in communities around the province, giving the majority of British Columbians access to great bicycle routes.

    Everyone Benefits

    Importantly, cycling facilities also benefit those who don’t ride a bicycle. Multi-use paths are used by pedestrians, in-line skaters, electric wheelchairs, personal mobility scooters, and skateboards. Traffic calming along bicycle routes benefits neighbourhoods, making streets safer for all pedestrians. But it has particular benefit for seniors, children, and the disabled. Bike lanes along busy streets calm traffic, enhancing the pedestrian environment and creating a more welcoming retail atmosphere.

    Accelerated Investment

    In our Cycling Strategy. we recommend a significant acceleration of the investment in cycling networks including bicycle paths, separated bicycle lanes and other high quality bicycle facilities totalling $175 million per year by all levels of government. This investment in infrastructure, accompanied by funding for education, promotion, and end-of-trip facilities, will enable residents and visitors of all ages and abilities to safely and conveniently cycle throughout the province, fostering healthier individuals and communities.

    Take Action

    We encourage the Provincial Government to show strong leadership by committing $100 per year for cycling and walking networks in communities around B.C.