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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
- 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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Peter Vivian commented on Rail Trails Emailer 2017-11-15 15:55:22 -0800As an avid recreational cyclist living on Vancouver Island, I see the potential for great improvement of the network of cycling trails and routes. At the moment we have much cycling infrastructure in places of population density but it is not contiguous and there remain choke points where one must ride in intense motor vehicle traffic to get from one community or region to another.
There are still many unused rail beds on Vancouver Island which should be converted to multi use recreational pathways. There are also places where a recreational pathway suitable for cycling and other uses could be built on the rail right of way adjacent to the actual rail line (such as has been done in Esquimalt). These routes are excellent for cyclists as they have gentle gradient which makes for good cycling.
Connecting our communities on Vancouver Island with trail networks would be a huge asset and generate interest that would be far reaching. At the moment there are serious gaps such as a decent cycling route from Victoria to Cowichan Valley. The old rail line right of way exists from Leechtown to Shawnigan lake (extension of Galloping Goose trail) which would be relatively easy to convert to a recreational pathway. (Non motorized vehicles only). It may require some fencing to keep people away from Sooke lake reservoir but that could be easily done.
There is also a need to bridge the Nanaimo River on Trans Canada trail and connections from Ladysmith to Cedar without going on the Island Highway would be valuable.
Further up Island there is need for a trail connecting North end of Nanaimo District to Parksville area and we would benefit if there was a continuation of the trail such as Nanaimo enjoys alongside the E & N rail line. This could go right through to Courtenay. (and also a branch to Port Alberni).
There is much that could be improved for cycling in B.C. and the examples I have above are just a few that I have identified as very practical and worthwhile considerations to make our life just a little better by giving people routes for long cycling rides without having to ride in intense motor vehicle traffic.
Peter Vivian signed A Billion for Biking & Walking Petition via Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition 2016-08-05 09:00:03 -0700I and my family are avid cyclists. The health benefits and recreational pleasure of cycling is immense.
The growing popularity of cycling is pretty much worldwide and with our already excellent climate and tourism popularity it makes sense to enhance the safe cycling routes on Vancouver Island. the route should continue (off road) to Victoria. There are routes available, just need to be developed.
ie: The CN rail bed through Sooke Lake watershed from Galloping Goose (Leechtown) to Shawnigan Lake. this would get cyclists too and from Vic without using the dangerously busy Malahat Highway.
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