Alice Tang

  • responded to A Greener, Healthier BC with submitted 2017-08-16 12:57:15 -0700

    A Greener, Healthier BC

    Copenhagen knows that nothing is more convenient and environmentally friendly than a journey through downtown on a bike. Photo: Adele Peters, Fast Company

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    Consider the full cost of owning a car -- it hurts your brain doesn't it? 

    Owning a car has its perks -- long-distance traveling at your own convenience, a sheltered transport for avoiding the cold, wet, dreary rain, and the all-important storage for our bag of groceries. But bearing the cost of the finances that come with it is a tremendous headache that you would not be able to afford in the long-run. In British Columbia, premiums have been steadily increasing over the past six years, and today, the average BC driver pays $1550 per vehicle each year. A primary driver of rising insurance costs has been the increase in settlement claims -- the premiums we currently pay is not high enough to cover to cost of most paying claims. 

    We can change this. 

    Copenhagen has a long standing history of its deeply entrenched cycling culture. Seventy percent of the population owns a bike, not because of rocket-high prices of owning personal vehicles, but rather their extensive and wide array of the modes of transportation made available to them.

    Since cars are made redundant in the city, the Copenhagen City Heart Study involving nearly 20,000 city inhabitants aged 20 to 100 years old in a cardiovascular population study concluded that cycling at high or average speeds increase life espectancy of the participants by 5 and 3 years respectively. Additionally, it is found that there is a 30-percent decrease in mortality rate among adults who commute by bicycle daily

    Our society could gain an increase in productivity from a healthier work force when we promote cycling in central business districts. Promoting a bicycling culture in British Columbia would also spark a positive economic impact towards local bicycle rental shops and for our wholesale dealers in the private sector. If that's not enough, our tourism industry would also receive as well as provide major economic benefits to our cities. 

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    Please email the Premier and Ministers. Tell them what the problems and solutions are in your community and what investing $100 million/year in bike paths and protected bike lanes and a BC Active Transportation Strategy would mean for your family and friends.
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    Cycling For Everyone

    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:

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  • responded to Using Red Light Cameras For Speed Enforcement Will Save Lives with submitted 2017-08-14 15:41:24 -0700

    Using Red Light Cameras For Speed Enforcement Will Save Lives

    Good news! The BC Government will upgrade red light cameras to catch speeders at dangerous intersections. This is a badly needed measure that will reduce crashes making intersections safer for people cycling, walking and driving.

    Please write the Premier and ministers supporting this and other safety improvements. Encourage them to focus on reducing speeds at intersections where a lot of people are walking and cycling.

    Even crashes at speeds of 50 km/h are likely to be fatal to those cycling and walking so the slower the better. If the speed limit is 50 km/h, 20 km/h over is 70 km/h. Still way to fast to avoid serious injuries or fatalities especially in crashes involving people walking and cycling. The Government should consider at least a small fine for even 5 km/h over the speed limit at intersections popular with people cycling and walking and even better, lower the speed limit to 30 km/h.

    From the Vancouver Sun:

    Data collected from B.C.’s 140 red-light camera locations between 2012 and 2016 shows that 120 million (17 per cent) of the nearly 700 million vehicles annually travelling through the intersections were speeding, with 1.5 million entering the intersections at 30 km/h or more over the limit.

    “This is about slowing down the fastest drivers at intersections where we know that speed is a factor in causing accidents, so everyone on these busy corridors will be safer,” said Solicitor General Mike Farnworth.

    The lack of speed enforcement is a rising concern for BC residents. It is precisely because of the lack of speed control enforcements that roadway fatal casualties have increased to 275 in British Columbia with as many as 94 fatal crashes in the Lower Mainland since 2011.

    Fortunately, to-date, BC has over 140 automated intersection cameras, which has been crucial measure in providing safety for all road users. However, more lives could be saved if we follow UK's leading practice in targetted speed enforcements. 

    Attorney General Eby Eby states:

    “These are fixed cameras, you can put up a big sign that says if you speed through this intersection at 20 kilometres an hour or more, you’re going to get a ticket guaranteed,” 

    Studies from the National Safety Camera Programme in the UK concluded that the installation of red light cameras resulted in 100 fewer fatalities per year and at least 4,230 fewer personal injury collisions. Overall, this program delivered enhanced results for road safety management as deaths and serious injuries were reduced by 42%.

    The ICBC review estimated that the introduction of speed enforcements at the high-risk intersection camera (ISC) sites could reduce the frequency of crashes by 14%–25% and the severity of the crashes by 11%–45%. This could result in a cost savings of $89 million per year, which could be used to lower insurance costs.

    Although many of the victims in the NSCP study were passengers, it is important to note that people walking and cycling are more vulnerable to the dangers of high motor vehicle speeds. If you want our government to implement a program as promising as the one in UK, please do not hesitate to inform our government. 

    Photo: Herald Sun

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  • Queensland's Safer Passing Laws in British Columbia

    Queensland's cycling laws enforced with technology should be adopted in BC. Photo: Rob Homer, Brisbane Times 

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    Safer Passing Laws are paramount to cyclists' safety. Besides advocating for better cycling facilities, the BC Cycling Coalition has partnered with members of the BC Road Safety Law Reforming Group in hopes of amending the Motor Vehicle Act for better road rules that protect and reduce on-road fatalities for cyclists.

    The Minimum Passing Distance Law -- also known as the MPDL -- has been introduced all over the world, including 28 states within the US. Several notable cities in Europe have paved the way for making biking the ultimate mode of transport, and down south, a strong "Share the Road" message was broadcasted primarily to improve cyclist safety. 

    In Queensland, a report after a two-year trial of the Minimum Passing Distance rule enforced concluded that motorists' awareness of cyclists within one metre of their proximity has increased significantly. In fact, survey results from the QUT review show that 75% of cyclists and 60% of drivers believe that they can accurately judge a one-meter distance from passing drivers and cyclists even when traveling at 60 km/h. 

    As of the end of November, there had been only three cyclist fatalities, down from 11 at the same time in 2013 before the changes were introduced. -Shadow Transport Minister, Scott Emerson (2015)

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    Our Movement

    The BC Cycling Coalition wants British Columbians to be able to cycle and walk in safety. Our movement for the Active Transportation Strategy to be implemented provides facilities that will not only benefit the cycling community, but also our environment as we attempt to address climate change.

    Although British Columbia has undergone several strategies to provide greener public transportation, cycling should be of priority when it comes to designing suitable infrastructure for pedestrian, cyclists' and motorists' safety.

    We urge you now to take action now and write a letter to our government legislatures regarding this matter; highlight Queensland's two-year trial case to show what can be done.  

    Addressing the Potential Challenges

    QPS officers stressed the challenge of enforcing the MPD road rule. The difficulty lied within assessing whether or not vehicles were following the rules as there was no concrete evidence to prove so. Carrs-Q reported, "the officers felt that this inability to accurately determine passing distances leads to erratic passing manoeuvres". 

    Fortunately, since the enactment of the two-year trial, the QPS officers saw improvement in vehicle-bicycle interactions. Further suggestions to curtail ambiguity include conducting a series of road safety classes in the lead-up to the introduction of the road rule as well as in-class simulations of appropriate cycling passing distances and behaviour. 

      

     

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