A Hermann Kerr signed A Billion for Biking & Walking Petition 2019-04-11 06:58:53 -0700I am a cycle tourer. British Columbia is a world class cycling destination that is severely lacking proper infrastructure. We have some very poorly maintained roads. If we did half of what Quebec, then there would be a huge bump to cycle tourism. Cycle tours spend money locally they don’t just buy fuel. We have a very long way to catch up to Quebec with Velo Quebec and La Route Verte. On infrastructure along highway routes there is a need for properly maintained shoulders in width, paving as well as just sweeping, and there are many places in BC it is just not done. I am very critical of this because for the last nine years I have ridden a trike due to balance issues.
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
A Hermann Kerr commented on Rail Trails Emailer 2018-12-28 18:35:14 -0800I look upon a jewel in the waiting as a World Class cycle route bar-none. Except for Myra Canyon it is in really poor shape as it has been chewed up by 4×4 and ATVs. There was one place just west of Hydraulic Lake that was a deep bog hole. There were places that got maintained like around Naramata by the Wood-Chuckers (they are also trying to raise money to open the Adra Tunnel). Once east of Summerland the KVR has such a loose surface it is uncyclable by anything without fat tires – I cycle with 2" tires. I figure most of the damage to the surface through this section is done by motorcycles and ATVs. Some solutions would be to grade a pack it yearly, or pave it, and then post it as No Motor Vehicles. Banning ATVs and Motorcycles wouldn’t be successful because it will not work because it wouldn’t be enforced but it might keep 4×4s off of it.
I am a cycle touring 70 year old who has been actively touring since 1987. I currently ride a recumbent tadpole trike.
A Hermann Kerr wants to volunteer 2018-08-07 17:46:50 -0700
A Hermann Kerr donated 2018-08-07 17:44:09 -0700$6,354.00 raisedGOAL: $10,000.00
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Over the next few months, we will be focusing on encouraging the Provincial Government to make cycling a key part of their new Climate Leadership plan. Specially, we recommend that they invest $1 billion over the next 10 years to complete all ages and abilities cycling networks in communities around B.C and upgrade Provincial roads and bridges.
As well, we will be encouraging them to:
- support cycling education
- improve the Motor Vehicle Act to include a safe passing distance law and allowing riding two abreast
- Remove the PST on and add rebates for electric bikes
- reduce hazards and improve maintenance on roads and paths
- support cycling tourism
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