Jackie Chow

  • commented on Metro Vancouver Cycle Highways Emails 2019-07-17 20:12:34 -0700
    I would love to see cycle highways in Metro Vancouver. Too often, bike routes in the region are not direct, disconnected, unsafe, and along routes that are not convenient and may sometimes not even lead to key destinations. Cycle highways would help provide cyclists with fast and convenient connections, so that cycling will become a more attractive option for more people.


    Building cycle highways will help to get more people out of their cars, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, reduce congestion, improve health outcomes and grow tourism. They provide safe infrastructure for people cycling of all ages and abilities.


    I support HUB Cycling’s UnGapTheMap campaign, and I would love to see more funding allocated for cycle highways in all new projects.

  • commented on Road Safety Emailer 2018-12-28 10:00:47 -0800
    Dear Premier Horgan, Minister Trevena, Minister Farnworth and Mr. Eby,


    I try to do my share. I use my bike as my main mode of transportation. It reduces my personal carbon emissions and air and noise pollution. I pose much less of a danger to others on the road. I help reduce congestion. It helps improve livability of our communities if more people bike instead of drive.


    Cycling also helps me stay healthy. As long as I don’t get hit by a car or truck.


    Cycling, as you probably know, can be challenging on BC roads. Often people on bikes are not given a safe space, and the only separation between me and cars and trucks speeding by is a simple painted white line.


    Some lawmakers appear to think that all that is needed to keep people on bikes safe is a helmet law. It should be clear by now that the helmet law has done very little to improve safety of cyclists.


    All too often people on bikes, on foot or in cars get hit and severely injured or killed because a driver is not able to react in time to avoid a collision. Due to lack of enforcement of speed limits, many drivers in BC routinely drive at well above the speed limit, which poses a serious danger to themselves and especially to others. Drivers should be reminded of the fact that speed limits are mandatory, and should not be considered optional, or voluntary.


    I therefore strongly encourage you to consider Resolution B103 (Reducing Excessive Driving Speeds in Designated BC Road Safety Corridors, For All Drivers, All The Time), which was passed at this year’s UBCM Conference.


    Average-speed-over-distance or point-to-point speed enforcement has been proven to be extremely effective in other jurisdictions, e.g. in Scotland. It obviously saves lives.


    I hope you will consider a pilot project on certain highways in BC in order to improve safety for all road users.


    Yours sincerely,

    Road Safety Emailer

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  • commented on Email Your Mayor & Council in Support of Motor Vehicle Act Improvements 2018-09-09 11:29:16 -0700
    I’m happy to see the above resolution on the agenda for the UBCM Conference this coming week.


    You may not be aware of this letter:


    http://wiki.bikehub.ca/committees/images/4/4e/MRPM_2018Mar_e-mail_Communities_on_the_Move.pdf


    which our Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows HUB Committee sent to the Maple Ridge Active Transportation Advisory Committee on March 17, asking for a recommendation that Mayor and Council support the Communities on the Move declaration.


    Unfortunately the unanimous recommendation made by ATAC to Council at their July meeting to endorse Communities on the Move has not made its way to Council in time for the UBCM Conference.


    The letter speaks for itself. I hope that you will read it and vote in favour of resolution B15.


    Thank you!


    Jackie Chow

    HUB Cycling

    Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows Chapter

    Mayors & Councillors Pass Motor Vehicle Act Improvements Resolution

    Great news! Resolution B102: Updating the BC Motor Vehicle Act to Improve Safety for All Road Users passed at Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) conference. Thanks to the City of New Westminster for moving this resolution forward.

    While this is a very important step forward, much work still needs to be done to help ensure that the BC Government updates the Motor Vehicle Act to make our roads safer for people walking and cycling.

    Your donation will be a real help enabling us to reach more people and groups who support cycling and engage government officials. Please contribute today! 

    Proposed changes to improve the safety and comfort of people cycling, walking and using a wheelchair include:

    • Change of name of the act, as it applies to all modes, not just motor vehicles
    • Specify minimum passing distance of 1.5m for people cycling, walking and using a wheelchair
    • Legal definitions of bicycle lanes and separated cycling facilities to enable better enforcement against vehicles blocking bike lanes
    • Legalization of bicycle specific signals
    • Allowing riding two abreast 
    • Removal or updated as near to the right clause
    • Enabling cities to create blanket speed limits less than 50 km/h
    • A default speed limit of 30 km/h on local neighbourhood streets (no centre line)

    More information on the proposed changes here.

    Please write your mayor and council thanking them for supporting the changes to the Motor Vehicle Act.

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    Your generous contribution will really help our efforts to encourage the Government to make roads safer for everyone cycling, walking and driving. Priorities include:

    • Decreasing driving by providing people with more cycling, walking and transit choices
    • Safer speed limits on highways and in communities
    • Increasing the number of red light cameras at intersections and using them for automated speed enforcement
    • Automated speed cameras which  could cut fatal & serious collisions by more than 1/3
    • Cracking down on distracted driving with increased penalties and greater enforcement
    • Doubling the number of roadside breath tests and significantly increasing penalties 

     

     

     

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  • commented on Write BC's Leaders 2017-10-16 16:19:57 -0700
    I support the Communities on the Move Declaration to invest $100 million/year in cycling and walking.


    Improved cycling, walking and transit makes a huge difference in communities all over BC. It makes people healthier, it makes our air cleaner, and it makes our cities more livable.


    In my own community of Maple Ridge, we’re slowly starting to see some changes that make it easier to get around on a bike. Much more still needs to be done though. Too often bike lanes abruptly end where you need them most. And too often people on bikes end up having to bike on the sidewalks to be safe from speeding cars.


    Electric vehicles are great, but we still need safe alternatives to the car. Space in our cities is limited. It makes sense to reclaim some of the space presently allocated for cars and give it back to the people. We need to start taking active transportation seriously, and make driving the “alternative” mode more often, for more people.


    In cities that are already taking cycling seriously and building the necessary infrastructure, growth in cycling participation is significant. It’s clear that besides increased investments, our province also needs an active transportation strategy, and an updated Motor Vehicle Act so that the the interests of cyclists are better protected.

    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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  • answered 2017-01-03 14:18:09 -0800
    Q: Please rate how strongly you support or oppose the investment of $100 million per year over 10 years in cycling and walking.
    A: Strongly Support

    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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  • posted about A Billion for Biking & Walking Petition on Facebook 2015-11-11 20:17:11 -0800
    Tell the BC Government to enable everyone to cycle & walk safely 4 their daily trips by investing a #Billion4Bikes

    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.

    Take Action

    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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  • 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.

    Sign the petition

    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.

    Sign the petition

    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.

    189 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.

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  • answered 2015-06-17 13:32:11 -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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  • @jchow23708 tweeted link to Priorities Poll. 2015-03-26 23:32:57 -0700
    What are your cycling priorities? Please let the BC Cycling Coalition know. I just did! http://www.bccc.bc.ca/priorities_survey?recruiter_id=2901

    Cycling Priorities Poll

    Please let us know what you think the top priority should be for the BC Cycling Coalition. This will help us plan our efforts over the coming year.

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  • tagged Advisory bike lanes on rural roads with very high 2014-10-15 11:30:00 -0700

    Advisory bike lanes on rural roads

    I would like the Province to consider the use of advisory bike lanes for rural roads with lower levels of traffic. This would significantly reduce the amount of investment needed for land acquisition and asphalt used to add shoulders to rural roads, and would free up cycling money which can be used for cycling infrastructure in denser urban areas, where more people are more likely to choose their bikes for shorter distance trips to local destinations. Advisory bike lanes will also lead to lower speeds, whereas added shoulders are more likely to lead to speeding.


  • tagged Ryan Barry's Green Paint! with high 2014-10-14 11:50:33 -0700

    Green Paint!

    Painting the bike lanes green in areas where traffic needs to crossover, or in other safety critical spots, is very important in my opinion. Inexpensive & effective!


  • answered 2014-10-07 16:40:15 -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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