Kegan Doyle commented on Metro Vancouver Cycle Highways Emails 2019-03-15 17:53:40 -0700We are a family of four living in East Vancouver. All of us cycle regularly and would cycle even more were there safe, efficient cycle highways. Sometimes longer trips, especially to, from, and in the suburbs, are both difficult and treacherous. Everybody in Metro Vancouver would benefit if such highways were implemented.
Kegan Doyle answered 2019-03-15 17:47:52 -0700Q: Please choose your top priority:
A: More funding for bike paths and separate bike lanes in your community
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Kegan Doyle signed A Billion for Biking & Walking Petition 2019-03-15 17:46:54 -0700I’m signing because active transportation is the future—and we need all levels of government to make it a major priority.
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
Kegan Doyle commented on Road Safety Emailer 2018-09-30 09:34:47 -0700Hello,
I am writing to you to urge you to set a default speed limit of 30 kilometres per hour on residential streets and to allow municipalities to blanket speed limits under 50 kilometres per hour.
Traffic deaths are on the rise in BC and across Canada—and in my own neighbourhood there have been three pedestrians killed in crosswalks this year alone. A car going 50 kph has an 80% likelihood of killing a pedestrian—a car going 30 has a 10% chance of doing so.
Let the Premier and Ministers know that you want safer roadsTell them about your close calls or crashes. Let them know you want transportation choices; more enforcement of drunk and distracted driving laws; automated speed enforcement; and lower speed limits to help protect you and your loved ones.145 PEOPLE HAVE SENT EMAILS55 needed to reach 200145 PEOPLE HAVE SENT EMAILSBC Cycling:firstname.lastname@example.orgThank You for Supporting a Safer Roads in BC!Dear recipient.first_name_or_friend
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