Disability Advocates & Seniors Support Cycling Infrastructure Improvements
Improved cycling facilities are not just for cyclists – people who use power wheelchairs, e-bikes and mobility scooters have seen significant benefits in accessibility from new bike lanes and paths in the City of Vancouver. Leaders in the disability community and seniors are voicing their support for major investment in cycling facilities via video.
The BC Cycling Coalition (BCCC) is calling for at least $100 million a year in provincial funding to implement comprehensive improvements for people cycling, walking and using wheelchairs and other mobility devices. ”Investing in better cycling facilities and safety education will bring widespread benefits to BC communities and all of its residents – including people with disabilities and the elderly,” said Craig Langston, vice-president of the Cerebral Palsy Association of B.C.”I get around on a power wheelchair – it goes a lot faster than is safe on crowded sidewalks and I used to have to creep along in Downtown.” added Langston, who sits on the Disability Advisory committees for the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby, and for TransLink. ”On the new separated cycle routes, I can travel at the same speed as slower cyclists and get around more efficiently. Cycle tracks are not just for cyclists or for the young and athletic.”
Your donation will support our work to ensure that Active Transportation facilities and streets safely and convinently include people with disabilities.
This work includes:
- Engaging persons with disabilities in communities around BC in Active Transportation identifying barriers and finding policy solutions
- Researching and distributing best practices among governments, professionals and cycling organizations
- Ensuring that the Provincial Active Transportation Strategy engages persons with disables
- Ensuring that BC Active Transportation Summit is inclusive and accessible enabling persons with disabilities to fully participate as presenters and delegates.
100% of donations will go towards paying persons with disabilities to undertake this work and covering expenses they incur.
Thanks to the Real Estate Foundation of BC for supporting our Moving Active Transportation Forward in BC initiative.