Stan Ford commented on Seaside Greenway emailer 2017-11-22 09:06:48 -0800I urge the Park Board to improve the last dangerous segment of the iconic 28 km Seaside Greenway route though the Kitsilano Beach area immediately. This section from the Burrard Bridge west to Balsam Street has many conflicts between the active users as well with vehicles on the adjacent roads.
The City of Vancouver has just finished a two-lane bike path and restored the east pedestrian sidewalk across the Burrard Bridge. Earlier this year, the City completed the last section the Seaside Greenway from Balsam Street to Jericho park and on to Spanish Banks park. The number of pedestrians and cyclists travelling between Kitsilano and the Jericho parks will increase dramatically. Tourists will be encouraged to experience this incredible venue. Also, comprehensive design work is being carried out on Arbutus Greenway. These world class facilities will draw more pedestrians and cyclists to Kitsilano to experience both the Arbutus and Seaside Greenways.
Even now the present poorly designed route for this incredibly well-used section of the Greenway either forces people walking and biking who wish to avoid the roads to share a narrow asphalt path or to weave though an extremely busy vehicle parking lot. While many cyclists end up on roads with heavy traffic and parking on both sides. 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 is unsafe for both people cycling and walking on the busy shared path. It deters people on bikes to continue westward to Jericho and Spanish Banks, but for those that do so, it is dangerous as they have to deal with conflicts with inattentive motorists on the roads.
Let the Park Board know you want a safe and comfortable Seaside GreenwayTell the commissioners what a complete, separated Seaside Greenway through Kitsilano Beach would mean for your friends and family62 PEOPLE HAVE SENT EMAILS138 needed to reach 20062 PEOPLE HAVE SENT EMAILSHUB Cycling:email@example.comThank You for Supporting the Seaside GreenwayDear recipient.first_name_or_friend
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Stan Ford donated 2017-11-03 14:49:23 -0700
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Stan Ford signed A Billion for Biking & Walking Petition 2017-06-16 14:11:17 -0700Cycling infrastructure projects are investments in the health of our BC citizens.
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
Stan Ford donated 2014-12-02 10:37:22 -0800$1,335.00 raisedGOAL: $5,000.00
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