$4,975.00 raisedGOAL: $10,000.00
Do you feel that cycling should be safer in BC?
We believe everyone should have the right to feel safe on the road, and for families to enjoy precious time together, enjoying fresh air and exercise.
We want the province to improve conditions for cyclists in B.C. by investing in expanded bike networks, improving safety education for drivers and cyclists, and update the Motor Vehicle Act. We are pressuring the government to adopt a safer passing law to help ensure that drivers pass people cycling by at least 1.5m.
We have made progress
Thanks to the generous donations from folks like you, we have helped convince the B.C. Government to develop an Active Transportation Strategy in 2019 to make cycling safer and more attractive. They state that lessons learned from Netherlands and Denmark will help inform the new B.C. Strategy. They say they are making sure that major projects such as bridges are designed to make walking and cycling use as safe and convenient as possible.
In September, the Union of BC Municipalities passed a resolution urging the Province to update the Motor Vehicle Act to improve the safety of all road users. In November, the Finance Committee recommended that the B.C. Government eliminate the PST on electric bikes.
Still, there is much work to be done. We need your help. To dramatically increase investment in bike networks and to change legislation takes persistence and resources. That’s why we ask for your donation, especially now when whatever you donate could be doubled!
To support our work toward improving conditions for cycling, the BC Cycling Coalition has a target of raising $10,000 during this holiday season. That’s why we ask for your donation, especially now when donations of $100 or more will be matched by anonymous donors up to $2000. But this offer ends in the first week of the new year.
It is fair that people of all ages and abilities should be able to cycle safely, conveniently and enjoyably in any community in BC. Does every family in BC feel safe going for a ride with the kids? This is our vision. This the way it should be.
Help us get there. Please donate and help us get matching funds.
Thank you, and we wish you a safe and happy New Year!
Richard Campbell, Executive Director, BC Cycling CoalitionDonate
Mike Elliston commented on Email Your Mayor & Council in Support of Motor Vehicle Act Improvements 2018-09-07 13:27:48 -0700I encourage you to vote in support of this resolution at the Union of BC Municipalities conference in mid-September.
I am in support of the provincial active transportation strategy and increased investment in cycling and walking. The increased funding would help my family, friends, and community. Although I do drive, the current active commuting infrastructure has been integral to my ability to bike and walk more often. I expect myself and my community will be able to increase active commutes as the infrastructure continues to improve and become more complete in a shorter timeframe.
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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