Donald Rennie commented on Metro Vancouver Cycle Highways Emails 2018-04-06 22:59:00 -0700It is well past time, that bicyclists had equal access to safe 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:firstname.lastname@example.orgThank You for Supporting the Seaside GreenwayDear recipient.first_name_or_friend
Thank you for supporting the completion of the Seaside Greenway through the Kitsilano Beach area, your letter really helps!
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Donald Rennie commented on Road Safety Emailer 2018-03-13 14:43:56 -0700Please enable the speed enforcement that already exists in red light cameras.
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.BC Cycling:email@example.comThank You for Supporting a Safer Roads in BC!Dear recipient.first_name_or_friend
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Send a email to let the Premier and Ministers 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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By donating to the BC Cycling Coalition, you are supporting our efforts to make cycling safe, accessible and more comfortable for everyone in B.C.
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
- reduce hazards and improve maintenance on roads and paths
- support cycling tourism
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Donald Rennie posted about Cycling and Walking Investment Poll on Facebook 2017-02-01 19:34:37 -0800Poll: Rate how strongly you support or oppose the investment of $100 million/ year over 10 years in cycling & walking
The BC government spends around $2 billion per year on transportation, primarily on highway expansion, road maintenance and transit. The BC Cycling Coalition estimates that it will cost around $2 billion to complete cycling networks and $2.5 billion to complete walking networks in communities across BC.
The BC Cycling Coalition recommends that the BC Government invest $100 million per year over 10 years to help complete cycling and walking networks in communities across BC. This investment in protected bike lanes, paths, sidewalks and safer intersections would help people of all ages including children and seniors to safely cycle, walk and use wheelchairs.
The BC Cycling Coalition is your voice for great bike routes everywhere. We are working hard to enable everyone in the Province to bike for their daily trips while eliminating fatalities and injuries.
Your membership really helps support our efforts to encourage the Government to invest $1 billion over ten years in safe bike routes around B.C.
A monthly membership through reoccurring payments is $2.50/month. This commitment will help provide more certainty for our campaigns and advocacy efforts. (If you are a new member, you will be eligible to vote at our AGM and receive membership benefits once your totally contributions reach $15).Donate
Donald Rennie signed A Billion for Biking & Walking Petition 2016-12-03 18:40:46 -0800Adding 2 more lanes to the Massey Tunnel would cost at most 500 million, (maybe we could even add 4 lanes for that amount, though 2 would be enough). We could then put small tolls on all lower-mainland bridges, so we’d have 3 billion to spend (replacement bridge is projected to cost 3.5 billion, recovered by tolls).
1 billion for bicycle infrastructure,
1 billion (more) for public transit &
1 billion (more) for public schools!
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
Donald Rennie signed Invest in Walking, Cycling & Transit, Not High Income Tax Cuts 2015-07-13 23:00:41 -0700Raise the sales tax a full percentage point while you are at it. The whole province needs public transportation electrified and expanded.
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.
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.
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.188 signatures
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.
Donald Rennie answered 2015-05-22 16:35:54 -0700Q: 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.
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.Take the survey
Donald Rennie is a semi-disabled transportation bicyclist that will always encourage the BCCC to ask for much more and much better bicycling infrastructure, so that people of all ages and abilities can use pedal power for everyday transport. We won't get it, unless we ask for it.