Donald Rennie

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.

  • commented on Write BC's Leaders 2019-07-29 12:03:05 -0700
    Please make the installation of; safe protected bicycle paths, with Dutch-style protected intersections, mandatory on all multi-lane streets, roads and highways in BC, when-ever they are repaved, with almost no exceptions due to lack of space or need. Build them and we will ride.

    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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    Tell them what the problems and solutions are in your community and what better cycling would mean for your family and friends.

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  • commented on Metro Vancouver Cycle Highways Emails 2018-04-06 22:59:00 -0700
    It is well past time, that bicyclists had equal access to safe roads.

  • commented on Seaside Greenway emailer 2018-03-15 15:18:06 -0700
    I’d rather you rip up parking spots and put in a barrier to create a safe protected bicycle path, than cut down trees. But it have been built years ago, just build it already.

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    Tell the commissioners what a complete, separated Seaside Greenway through Kitsilano Beach would mean for your friends and family
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  • commented on Road Safety Emailer 2018-03-13 14:43:56 -0700
    Please enable the speed enforcement that already exists in red light cameras.

    A true effort to get to zero transport deaths, will involve building enough electric trains to phase out private motor vehicles, but automated speed enforcement is a good first step.

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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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  • donated via 2017-12-28 20:07:11 -0800

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    $6,404.00 raised
    GOAL: $10,000.00

    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

    Your contribution is critical to help make this happen.

    You can either make a one-time donation below or make on-going monthly contributions here.

    If you wish to become a member of the BC Cycling Coalition, please purchase a membership.

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  • posted about Cycling and Walking Investment Poll on Facebook 2017-02-01 19:34:37 -0800
    Poll: Rate how strongly you support or oppose the investment of $100 million/ year over 10 years in cycling & walking

    Cycling and Walking Investment Poll

    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.

     

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  • donated via 2016-11-05 22:03:20 -0700

    Individual Membership

    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.

    Membership is $30/year for individuals, $15/year for students & people with low incomes, and $30 + $10 per additional person for households. Additional contributions are much appreciated. 

    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).

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  • signed A Billion for Biking & Walking Petition 2016-12-03 18:40:46 -0800
    Adding 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!

    A Billion for Bikes - Cycling for Everyone Petition

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    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%

    Funding Sources

    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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    Please sign and share the petition with your contacts.

    More Info

    BC Cycling Coalition Climate Leadership Plan Submission

    Regional Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan, Capital Regional District

    Metro Vancouver Regional Cycling Strategy Implementation Plan

    Recommendations by the Canadian Diabetes Association for B.C. Budget 2016

    6,631 signatures

    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
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  • signed Invest in Walking, Cycling & Transit, Not High Income Tax Cuts 2015-07-13 23:00:41 -0700
    Raise the sales tax a full percentage point while you are at it. The whole province needs public transportation electrified and expanded.

    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 2015-05-22 16:35:54 -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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