Lisa Slakov commented on Seaside Greenway emailer 2018-03-05 21:45:44 -0800Dear Commissioners,
I am writing as someone who lives near Kits Beach Park and as a volunteer with HUB Cycling. I’ve lived in the neighbourhood for over 30 years and have enjoyed the park almost every single day of all those years. I run there, go swimming at the beach, picnic and play with family and friends, walk and bicycle there.
I love the Seaside Greenway that runs through the Kits Beach area and use it all the time, as do so very many of us. As you know, the people of Vancouver, from surrounding areas and from all over the world, take to the greenway to walk, use scooters and wheelchairs and skateboards to roll, and to bike. In season, which is basically any non-rainy day not in winter, the greenway in the Kits Beach area is typically overflowing with people. That’s the good news. The bad news is that this part of the Seaside Greenway consists of an unsigned narrow unseparated walking/biking path by the water & a signed route that directs people biking onto roads & through parking lots. This is clearly unsafe and I’m delighted that Park Board wants to improve the greenway.
I am, however, very concerned about a policy that I’ve heard being described by people at Park Board- a policy that would see people only “biking TO, and not THROUGH” parks. I believe that this is a terrible policy for parks for so many reasons, including: riding our bikes is a natural fit with many Park Board goals- we are enjoying solo & family lifelong recreation and building active lifestyles, are gentle on the environment with no emissions/noise pollution and, by encouraging more cycling to/in parks, we can reduce car traffic, thus reducing the need for the asphalt & space required for parking lots. Some people in Park Board seem to be concerned about putting people walking at risk as people ride by. In fact, the risk of a pedestrian requiring hospitalization from a collision with someone biking in BC is less than 1% of all pedestrian collisions and falls that require hospitalization.
Consequently, I urge you to ensure the Seaside Greenway improvements take place, that the greenway, for both people walking and biking, mirrors the bulk of the 28 km path: separation between people walking and biking and as close to the water as possible for all users so everyone can enjoy the “seaside” part of the Seaside Greenway. I look forward to a public consultation in which all the users can help shape the best possible greenway route.
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Lisa Slakov commented on Metro Vancouver Cycle Highways Emails 2017-04-13 13:57:58 -0700I have cycled on Cycle Highways in other jurisdictions and can see how they get people out commuting & enjoying expeditions in a healthier, environmentally
sound and enjoyable way. I urge you to implement these in Metro Van as quickly as possible. They’ll be great for tourism as well.
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
Lisa Slakov signed Invest in Walking, Cycling & Transit, Not High Income Tax Cuts 2015-07-03 17:46:54 -0700
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.
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.
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.
Lisa Slakov answered 2015-06-16 13:38:35 -0700Q: How great a danger are drivers distracted by phoning or texting to you when you are cycling?
A: Very Dangerous
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.Take the survey