Jonathan Wolferstan

  • commented on Email Your Mayor & Council in Support of Motor Vehicle Act Improvements 2018-05-03 13:00:28 -0700
    Hello!


    Please support changes to the motor vehicle act to protect vulnerable road users.


    This includes:

    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

    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 streets

    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.

    Donate - Road Safety

    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 Electric Bike Emailer 2018-04-04 14:37:31 -0700
    Currently in B.C. bicycles and transportation fares are exempt from PST charges, and clean energy vehicles are eligible for rebates up to $5,000. Purchases of new electric bicycles, and their electric parts, are charged PST, and are not eligible for rebates. Something doesn’t seem right here, does it?


    Please fix this.


    Cheers!

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    Let them know how more affordable electric bikes and dramatically increased investment in cycling networks will help you and others in your community get around.
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  • commented on Seaside Greenway emailer 2018-03-09 21:31:40 -0800
    Hi!


    At your meeting on Monday, March 12, I urge you to vote for a safe and delightful Seaside Greenway route in the Kitsilano Beach area. The Greenway should be a park and seaside experience for people walking, skating, in wheelchairs and biking, similar in design and intent throughout the 28 km of Greenway.


    We bike regularly with our 5 year old, the seawall greenway is safe for all of its length except kits beach, where the path narrows to point that all users are annoyed while the official bike route goes through a parking lot. Small kid on bikes or scooters in a parking lot, in a park. That’s crazy.

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    Let the Park Board know you want a safe and comfortable Seaside Greenway
    Tell the commissioners what a complete, separated Seaside Greenway through Kitsilano Beach would mean for your friends and family
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