Odessa Cadieux-Rey

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  • commented on Electric Bike Emailer 2018-11-29 13:02:10 -0800
    I am a BCCC member, a HUB Cycling member and volunteer, and an active advocate for better cycling, walking, and public transit in British Columbia. I am writing today to express my support for BCCC’s campaign to remove the PST and provide tax rebates on electric bicycles.


    It is evident that the government is committed to incentivizing green energy choices, since regular bicycles, transportation fares, and electric vehicles are already exempt from PST, and rebates are available on the latter (why not on the bikes, too?).


    I suspect the PST on electric bicycles may be nothing more than an oversight, but it’s one that impacts me and my community significantly, and which is a barrier to many who would choose to use electric bicycles as transportation if it were within their means. Furthermore, it feels like yet another slight against our community of positive and socially conscious people – that would be easy to remedy.


    I plan to buy an electric-assist cargo bicycle when I have children. I won’t be getting a vehicle. I’d like to feel that my government supports my green, healthy, economically beneficial choice. Please don’t delay on removing PST on electric bicycles. It’s a small gesture that will mean a lot.


    To the Hon. George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, I would add that I am a new constituent of Vancouver-Fairview and I hope you will consider this message as Minister as well as my representative in the legislature.


    Thank you,


    Odessa Cadieux-Rey

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  • commented on Seaside Greenway emailer 2017-10-03 09:34:03 -0700
    Dear Commissioners,


    I urge the Park Board to improve the dangerous segment of the Seaside Greenway route in the Kitsilano Beach area immediately. This section from the Burrard Bridge west to Balsam Street is one of the last unsafe sections of the iconic 28 km Seaside Greenway.


    The route through this incredibly well-used section of the Greenway either forces people walking and biking to share a narrow asphalt path or else forces people to ride on roads with heavy traffic and parking on both sides as well as through an extremely busy parking lot. People choose to bike on the Greenway because it is perhaps the most safe, scenic, and flat route in Vancouver and as a result it attracts people of all ages and abilities, including many children, novice, and recreational cyclists. The condition of the Greenway in this section not only deters those people on bikes to continue westward to Jericho and Spanish Banks, but it is also dangerous to them as they deal with conflicts with inattentive motorists on the roads and is unsafe for both people cycling and walking on the busy shared path.


    Personally, I commute by electric-assist bicycle from North Commercial Dr to UBC every day and I pass through this area. I am fortunate that most of my commute is on safe streets and off-road bike paths, but this area, which I detour by going to York Ave, is by far the most unpleasant segment of my 16km commute (since York Ave is a very uneven road surface, it’s hardly more pleasant). The Park Board and City can do a lot better.


    I look forward to hearing that you will be acting on this issue urgently.


    Regards,

    Odessa Cadieux-Rey

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  • commented on Write BC's Leaders 2017-08-05 15:34:03 -0700
    I am looking forward to long-awaited change under our new BC government. I have lived my entire adult like until now under a Liberal majority government that did not represent or serve me. While I realize there is a lot that needs to be addressed in our province, I hope you will make increased investment in active transportation (cyling, walking, and public transit) a priority. Projects around the world (e.g. car-free squares and bike lanes in New York and bus rapid transit in Bogota) have shown that improvements can be made relatively cheaply and quickly, with wide-ranging and immediate benefits (improved health, reduced congestion, reduced emissions, happier citizens).


    Cycling, in particular, is an efficient, healthy, cost-effective mode of transportation that can be used by a majority of the population (that’s right – children, women, rich, poor!). If the BC government invested $100 million a year to towards cycling in this province, I am confident the results would be positive, especially in the longer-term.


    I live in the riding of Vancouver-Hastings and ride an electric bike to work at UBC (a 32km round-trip) most days of the week (for my other trips, I use a regular bicycle or public transit – my partner and I do not own a car, nor do most people we know). I get to work faster and more reliably this way than I would by any other method. However, even with Vancouver’s relatively good cycling infrastructure, I have to share space with cars (parked and moving) for much of the journey, which leads to some stressful conflicts. But if the infrastructure were more welcoming to bikes, and if electric bikes were made more affordable by a PST exemption, I am certain more and more people would join me.


    I look forward to seeing what changes this new government brings to the area of active transportation.

    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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  • 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

    6,641 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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