Richard Johns wants to volunteer 2017-12-31 19:44:54 -0800
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
Imagine that within the next ten years, you, your family and friends can safely and comfortably cycle across the region to work, school, shopping and transit 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.
A Yes vote will bring improvements including:
✔️ 2700km of cycling routes including 300km of paths and lanes separated from traffic
✔️ $131 million invested in cycling over ten years
✔️ Upgrades to the BC Parkway and Central Valley Greenway
✔️ Investing in North Shore Spirit Trail, Evergreen Bikeway and routes parallel to rapid transit lines in Surrey and Langley
✔️ Improved cycling and walking access to transit stations
✔️ Much improved cycling and walking facilities on a new 4 lane Pattullo Bridge
✔️ Millennium Line Extension to Arbutus, LRT in Surrey, 25% increase in Bus Service, 11 B-lines, increased capacity on the Expo Line
All for only around 35 cents a day per household.
You can vote via mail-in ballot between March 16 and May 29.
✔️ Safer and Healthier - With less traffic, fewer crashes and more opportunities for walking and cycling, the plan will save around 200 lives and prevent 4000 serious injuries per year.
✔️ Sustainable Environment - Reduced Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Air Pollution
✔️ Healthy Economy - Keep our economy competitive with faster and more reliable travel and better access to more jobs, workers and marketsPledge your vote
Richard Johns commented on Transportation Plan Letter 2014-12-12 15:02:06 -0800I’m writing to you concerning “B.C. on the move”, the Province’s 10-year transportation plan. I am pleased to see that cycling is at least mentioned, along with a commitment to “support and encourage cycling and walking by providing safe, accessible and convenient facilities on highways and roads”. On the other hand, I’m disturbed by the lack of specific details, such as a map showing the new routes to be added, or a budget allocation.
You may not be aware that the Lower Mainland (where I leave) presently has huge gaps in its cycle network. As a consequence, there are many trips that, while fairly short, simply cannot be completed by bicycle, especially when riding with children or inexperienced cyclists. For example, I will happily ride with you on any route of your choosing between New Westminster and the Pitt River Bridge, but I think you’ll find it very unpleasant and dangerous, if possible at all.
Opponents of cycle infrastructure will say that, in view of the small numbers of cyclists in BC, there is no need for safe, accessible routes. This argument neglects the fact that our transportation network is heavily biased against cycling, so that cycling here artificially depressed, to well below its natural level. (The natural level of cycling is what it would be in a neutral transportation network, one that provides adequately for all modes.) In countries with such a neutral network (or something approaching it) the level of cycling is around 20 – 30% of trips. These countries enjoy enormous benefits in mobility for all (including the poor, the young, and the disabled) and in health and safety.
B.C. can easily enjoy similar benefits, if we’re prepared to spend rather modest sums of money. Cycling offers a fantastic return on investment.
The Provincial Government is developing a new 10-year transportation plan, B.C. on the Move. Billions of dollars will be spent on this plan. Please write the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure to help ensure that cycling and walking get their fair share.
We strongly encourage the Province to implement a comprehensive Active Transportation Strategy building upon the BC Road Safety Strategy which commits to a long term goal of zero fatalities. Safe and comfortable access for people walking, cycling, riding transit or using wheelchairs should be an integral part of the plan and of all the roads and bridges in BC.
Cycling facilities should be safe, convenient and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities including childrenand seniors. This includes bicycle paths and protected bike lanes that are designed to be safe for the higher speed cycling required for long distance commuting, training and exercise.
Our recommendations include a $100 million per year investment in cycling and walking by the Provincial Government; upgrading cycling and walking facilities on provincial roads and bridges; improved standards that prioritize all ages and abilities separated bike lanes; universally available cycling skills training for children with provincial funding support; improved cycling and driver education; improved standards & more funding for maintenance and hazard removal; a comprehensive cycling tourism strategy; and legislation to improve the safety and legal protection of people walking and cycling.
Relate your personal experiences regarding cycling issues and how investing in cycling facilities would help you, your family and community.Send feedback
Richard Johns tagged Susan Ellard's Acquire abandoned rail line between Kelowna and Vernon for a safe cycling and walking corridor. with very high 2014-10-29 16:46:07 -0700
This initiative is a unique, one-time only, incredible opportunity to invest in infrastructure which benefits local population health and fitness, air quality, cycling safety, GHG emission reduction, and green tourism opportunities. This project could be the first major link in a future network of scenic and safe cycling and hiking routes that could draw not only the local citizenry, year-round, but tourists from throughout North America and abroad. Links could be developed between this route and local vineyards, agricultural businesses, and B&B or inn operators. This could put BC firmly on the map of worldwide locations for cycle tourism. www.okanaganrailtrail.ca
Richard Johns commented on Alex Fraser Bridge Cycling Access 2014-10-23 15:25:55 -0700Too true. Getting from the Alex Fraser into Surrey at the south end is especially complex and difficult.
Richard Johns tagged Diane Stevenson's Keep highway shoulders clean with high 2014-10-23 15:04:18 -0700
Lougheed Hwy and the Mary Hill Bypass shoulders are often covered in gravel, rocks, etc. MOT says there is a contract to sweep shoulders every 90 days, which does not happen, and even if it did this is too infrequent. Clear shoulders makes for safer cycling!
Richard Johns commented on Median to cross Victoria Dr. at 10th Ave 2014-10-29 16:31:40 -0700Anne Duifhuis: I agree that it’s generally a bad idea for road users to give up their right of way. As you say, it causes confusion and even danger. However, in this rare case I’m often grateful for drivers stopping, as otherwise I could be waiting for ages. I regard this fact as proof that the intersection needs fixing. No intersection design should rely such on (confusing and dangerous) courtesy.
Richard Johns commented on Upgrade Lougheed Hwy II 2014-10-17 10:08:28 -0700Agreed. The Lougheed Hwy in Maple Ridge is especially unfriendly, as there is no shoulder or wide curb lane and so you’re sharing that 12’ lane with 18-wheelers. Last month I wanted to ride with my kids to Mission, but we couldn’t get past Pitt Meadows.
BTW there’s no actual suggestion at the top of this post. It’s blank.
Richard Johns published Upgrade the Lougheed Hwy in Cycling Project Priorities 2014-10-14 16:19:01 -0700
Upgrade the Lougheed Hwy in Southern Coquitlam to make a continuous and safe essential connection for bikes. This may require narrowing existing lanes where no space presently exists for a curb bike lane. This is a short-term measure, as in the long term a AAA route away from motor traffic is needed.
Richard Johns answered 2014-10-07 10:00:21 -0700Q: 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.
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.Take the survey