Stuart Smith

  • commented on Road Safety Emailer 2018-05-25 13:33:31 -0700
    Just a short note to say thank you for this recent announcement. Our roadways must not be turned into speedways.

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    Tell 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.
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  • commented on Write BC's Leaders 2018-03-24 11:19:00 -0700
    Every day in the City of Vancouver, I get around primarily by foot or bicycle. And every day I am thankful for the investment made by the city in ensuring this is safe and effective.


    However when I consider longer distance trips, even just to neighbouring municipalities, I quickly reconsider when I realize how dangerous life outside a vehicle has been allowed to become.


    Please increase the investment in safe, effective, separated bicycle infrastructure throughout BC. It will pay for itself many times over in reduced overall infrastructure needs, reduced health expenses and happier British Columbians.


    Thank you

    Write BC's Leaders for More Cycling Funding

    While there has been investment by all levels of government in cycling routes in communities around the Province over the last decade, often these routes are not connected to each other leaving you stranded with your bike at busy intersections. Many destinations are still not served by safe comfortable convenient cycling connections. Until people can cycle from anywhere to anywhere without worrying if there is a good bicycle route, many won’t chose to ride a bicycle and we will not realize the full economic, health, environmental and social benefits from the hundreds of millions of dollars already invested in cycling.

    Inadequate Funding for Communities

    Communities across the province have produced extensive cycling network plans. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding, these cycling networks may not be complete for 20 to 30 years. For instance:

    • Surrey has recently completed a cycling plan that includes over 470 km of additional bike lanes and paths. With current funding, it plans on completing around 12km per year but has indicated that additional funding from the provincial and Federal Governments would speed implementation of the plan.
    • The Pedestrian & Cycling Master Plan – Capital Regional District estimated the cost of upgrading the bicycle network to attract people of all ages and abilities is around $275 million.
    • TransLink has estimated that completing all ages cycling networks around the region may be much higher than $800 million. Due to lack of new funding sources, in 2013, TransLink only invested $2 million.

    Decades of Underinvestment

    A large expenditure on cycling facilities is required to make up ground lost through several decades of underinvestment . The Netherlands, widely hailed as the world leader in cycling, spends approximately $40 per person per year on cycling. Several other jurisdictions with cycling levels similar to that of BC are matching or exceeding that level of investment. London Mayor Johnson recently announced he will increase  cycling funding to $619 million over the next three years.

    Cost Effective

    No other transportation investment of similar size can boast the potential to be enjoyed by people of all ages and income brackets, in communities large and small, throughout the province. High quality cycling facilities that are attractive to a significant portion of the population such as bicycle paths and separated bicycle lanes can cost from $1 million to $4 million per km (1/6 the cost of one km of road network for motorized vehicles). This investment will enable the construction of hundreds of kilometres of high quality facilities in communities around the province, giving the majority of British Columbians access to great bicycle routes.

    Everyone Benefits

    Importantly, cycling facilities also benefit those who don’t ride a bicycle. Multi-use paths are used by pedestrians, in-line skaters, electric wheelchairs, personal mobility scooters, and skateboards. Traffic calming along bicycle routes benefits neighbourhoods, making streets safer for all pedestrians. But it has particular benefit for seniors, children, and the disabled. Bike lanes along busy streets calm traffic, enhancing the pedestrian environment and creating a more welcoming retail atmosphere.

    Accelerated Investment

    In our Cycling Strategy. we recommend a significant acceleration of the investment in cycling networks including bicycle paths, separated bicycle lanes and other high quality bicycle facilities totalling $175 million per year by all levels of government. This investment in infrastructure, accompanied by funding for education, promotion, and end-of-trip facilities, will enable residents and visitors of all ages and abilities to safely and conveniently cycle throughout the province, fostering healthier individuals and communities.

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    We encourage the Provincial Government to show strong leadership by committing $100 per year for cycling and walking networks in communities around B.C.

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  • commented on Seaside Greenway emailer 2017-11-21 17:24:17 -0800
    Hi there, just a short note to let you know that the Seaside Greenway through Kits Beach desperately needs to be improved.


    At best it’s confusing and unpleasant for people on bicycles, at worst someone is going to be seriously injured.


    I understand the controversy over grass and snow fences and all the rest but as along as you are willing to pave a significant part of the park for subsidized car parking, I have a hard time being sympathetic with concerns over a narrow bike lane.


    Regardless, there are many solutions that don’t involve sending parents & children through a parking lot or asking pedestrians to mingle with bikes.


    Please address this issue before another summer of confusion and unease.


    Thank you


    Stuart Smith

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  • commented on Metro Vancouver Cycle Highways Emails 2017-04-23 15:38:30 -0700
    I’m writing to express my support for long distance, regional cycling infrastructure throughout Metro Vancouver and BC.


    Time and time again we see that when safe infrastructure is provided, a much large segment of the population will use it than is willing to take a chance with 60 km/hr vehicles.


    Such infrastructure would make transportation investment more equitable, increase safety, lower medical costs, reduce congestion, and help with climate change goals. Additionally, by shifting mode share to bicycles, more money stays in local economies, keeping communities prosperous.


    HUB’s UnGapTheMap campaign is an excellent way we could improve regional connectivity and allow the vast majority of residents to use bicycles without fear.


    Please include plans for regional, long distance cycling in all transportation infrastructure projects.


    Thank you

  • Petition - Invest in Walking, Cycling & Transit not High Income Tax Cuts

    Imagine that within the next ten years, you, your family and friends can safely and comfortably cycle and walk to work, school, and shopping as well as for recreation and exercise. And when you would rather take transit, there is a bus or a train nearby arriving within a few short minutes.

    To help make this a reality, the Province could eliminate the planned tax cuts for those earning over $150,000 per year and instead invest in cycling, walking and transit in communities around B.C. While more funding will be needed, especially in Metro Vancouver, this will be a great step forward.

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    The higher tax bracket for people earning over $150,000 is set to expire at the end of 2015. This will result in a tax reduction worth around $225 million per year. Alberta just raised taxes on high income earners so it makes sense British Columbia not to cut similar taxes.

    Everyone, including those earning over $150,000, would benefit much more if the Province eliminated this tax cut and instead invested of this revenue in improved walking, cycling and transit in communities around the Province.

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    Everyone's time is valuable. For example, someone earning $150,000 per year is 93 hours spent or $6700 worth of their time per year stuck in congestion in Metro Vancouver.

    Everyone benefits from safer roads. By enabling more people to choose cycling, walking and transit, there will be fewer cars on the road and thus fewer crashes leading to fewer injuries and fatalities. 

    Everyone benefits from a strong economy. Transit, cycling and walking are affordable transportation. People cycling and walking are more productive at work. Cycling tourism has huge potential in B.C. For example, in Oregon, cycling tourism contributes $400 million per year to the economic. 

    Everyone benefits from healthier transportation. More people walking, cycling and transit reduces health care costs through increased physical fitness.

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    Petition - Invest in Walking, Cycling & Transit, Not High Income Tax Cuts

    Petition to Honourable the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, in Legislature Assembled.

    We the undersigned, draw your attention to the health, economic, environmental and social benefits of walking, cycling and transit.

    Your petitioners call upon the B.C. Legislature to extend the higher tax bracket for people earning over $150,000 beyond 2015 and invest the $225 million per year of revenue in improving walking, all ages & abilities cycling and transit in communities across British Columbia.

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  • answered 2015-06-18 11:00:02 -0700
    Q: How great a danger are drivers distracted by phoning or texting to you when you are cycling?
    A: Very Dangerous

    Distracted Driving Poll

    The Province of BC is currently asking for public input on distracted driving including texting or calling while driving. The BC Cycling Coalition will be submitting recommendations and wants your feedback to help guide our recommendations.

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  • answered 2015-05-22 12:45:24 -0700
    Q: With billions in surpluses projected for coming years, I would prefer that the Federal Government:
    A: Invest $40 per person per year in cycling paths and separated bike lanes.

    Federal Funding Poll

    The Federal Government is projecting large surpluses in coming years. The current government is talking about tax cuts.

    Another option would be for the Federal Government provide communities funding for cycling improvements such as separated bike lanes and cycling paths. The Netherlands, for example, invests around $40 per person per year in cycling.

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