keith Gaunt commented on Email Your Mayor & Council in Support of Motor Vehicle Act Improvements 2018-09-07 08:15:39 -0700I am a retiree living in Nanaimo. I cycle a lot, usually 10,000 km per year. While improvements to cycling infrastructure have been made here in Nanaimo in the last several years, there is still much to be done. Safety for cyclists and pedestrians still leaves a lot to be desired. We have some serious catching up to do to even remotely approach what other cities have accomplished in this area.
Please support Resolution B102 at the Conference of BC Municipalities next week. Thank you.
Cyclist and pedestrian
Great news! Resolution B102: Updating the BC Motor Vehicle Act to Improve Safety for All Road Users passed at Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) conference. Thanks to the City of New Westminster for moving this resolution forward.
While this is a very important step forward, much work still needs to be done to help ensure that the BC Government updates the Motor Vehicle Act to make our roads safer for people walking and cycling.
Proposed changes to improve the safety and comfort of people cycling, walking and using a wheelchair include:
- Change of name of the act, as it applies to all modes, not just motor vehicles
- Specify minimum passing distance of 1.5m for people cycling, walking and using a wheelchair
- Legal definitions of bicycle lanes and separated cycling facilities to enable better enforcement against vehicles blocking bike lanes
- 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 neighbourhood streets (no centre line)
More information on the proposed changes here.
Please write your mayor and council thanking them for supporting the changes to the Motor Vehicle Act.
Your generous contribution will really help our efforts to encourage the Government to make roads safer for everyone cycling, walking and driving. Priorities include:
- Decreasing driving by providing people with more cycling, walking and transit choices
- Safer speed limits on highways and in communities
- Increasing the number of red light cameras at intersections and using them for automated speed enforcement
- Automated speed cameras which could cut fatal & serious collisions by more than 1/3
- Cracking down on distracted driving with increased penalties and greater enforcement
- Doubling the number of roadside breath tests and significantly increasing penalties
Email your Mayor and CouncilThank them for supporting Resolution B102: Updating the BC Motor Vehicle Act to Improve Safety for All Road Users at the UBCM conference. Let them know about your scary experiences cycling, walking and using a wheelchair on BC roads.
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Thank you for supporting safer cycling, walking and using a wheelchair through improvements to the Motor Vehicle Act. Your letter really helps!
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Please join me in helping to make BC safer for people who cycle, walk and use wheelchairs. Send a email in support of improvements to the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) that will make cycling and walking safer and more comfortable.
Let your mayor and council know how improvements to the MVA would make cycling, walking and using a wheelchair safer and more enjoyable for you and your family and friends.
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$11,010.00 raisedGOAL: $15,000.00
Your generous contribution will help us mobilize the support needed to convince the Provincial and Federal Governments to make bold investments in cycling & walking through:
- Outreach to organizations and businesses
- Petitioning to show the government that a lot of people support better cycling
- Meeting with politicians and staff
- Press releases and op-eds
keith Gaunt signed A Billion for Biking & Walking Petition 2019-10-03 13:05:07 -0700I am an enthusiastic cyclist, and have ridden much of the proposed route. I believe it will bring tourists to Vancouver Island
Bold Action Now
It is time for bold action now to enable every person, including older adults and children, in BC to cycle or walk safely for their everyday trips and recreation.
Investing $1 billion over ten years in cycling and walking will send a strong message to the world that BC is serious about addressing Climate Change.
Cycling and walking will become attractive choices for everyone, leading to significantly improved fitness and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, congestion, and traffic injuries and fatalities. The paths and protected bike lanes could also be used by people in wheelchairs and other mobile devices.
Investing in cycling and walking will benefit the economy by increasing tourism, reducing healthcare costs, increasing workplace productivity, attracting talented workers, and reducing the societal costs of traffic fatalities and injuries.
Cycling is Popular
There is broad public support for cycling improvements. In the B.C. on the Move Engagement Survey, 72% of respondents supported enhancing cycling infrastructure. Cycling is popular. Almost 70% of adults in BC ride a bicycle at least once a year, 42% at least once a month and 25% at least once a week. Many want to cycle more, with around 65% indicating they would ride more if there were separated bike lanes that protected them from traffic.
A Transportation Bargain
On a per dollar basis, we all benefit more from cycling more than other modes. While bike paths and protected bike lanes are a bargain that will benefit far more people per dollar invested than other transportation projects, it does take a significant amount of cash to build networks of them in communities around the Province. For example:
- Metro Vancouver: $850 million
- Capital Regional District: $275 million
- City of Kelowna: $267 million (cycling and walking)
- City of Chilliwack: $27 Million
- City of Kamloops: $13 Million
At current rates of investment, these plans will take 30, 40 or even 50 years to complete, leaving people to brave busy roads on their bikes or more likely, not bothering to bike at all. Today's children will be grandparents by then.
The Provincial investment combined with local and federal funds will enable the completion of ambitious local and regional plans across BC. For example, the Metro Vancouver Regional Cycling Strategy predicts that upon network build out, cycling will increase to 10% of trips. The CRD Regional Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan predicts cycling network build out cycling mode share will increase to 15%.
The funding for the $1 billion investment could come from a variety of sources including an increase in the Carbon Tax, predicted budget surpluses, a reallocation of transportation budget, cutting the tax break on those earning over $150,000 or a tax on sugary drinks.
By providing people with practical and safe transportation choices, this investment would decrease the rate of the Carbon Tax required to meet Provincial goals also saving money for those who don't cycle or walk.
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I call upon the Government of BC to enable everyone in BC to cycle & walk in safety as part of their daily lives by implementing an Active Transportation Strategy that includes:
- Investing $1 billion over the next ten years to:
- Upgrade cycling & walking facilities on provincial roads & bridges
- Complete cycling & walking networks in communities across BC
- Provide safe routes to school for children
- Build trails & routes for cycling & walking tourism
- Ensuring that paths & protected bike lanes can be safely shared by people using wheelchairs, skateboards & in-line skates
- Enhancing cycling education for children & adults
- Promoting cycling & walking
- Encouraging electric bike use by eliminating the PST & providing rebates