The Provincial Government is developing a new 10-year transportation plan,B.C. on the Move, and wants to know your top three priorities for transportation infrastructure projects and is asking for public input.
The BCCC will be making a submission to the government based on our comprehensive cycling strategy and we want that submission to reflect the priorities of our members and other people cycling throughout BC. Knowing your priorities will also help us make the case to the government for increased investment million in cycling infrastructure, maintenance and education.
Please let us know your policy priorities and ideas below.
Then, on or before Dec. 12, let the Province know what your priorities are.
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.
Please note that MOTI bike lanes aren't just an investment in those fit enough to use them. Boomers will increasingly need them when their driver's licences are restricted and lifted, because those on mobility scooters, golf carts, John Deere tractors, etc., needn't be licensed. This will provide an entire, large, vocal generation of people not too keen on bike lanes to have freedom of the road well into their sunset years.
A common mistake I have seen is putting a "multi-use" pathway as an answer for cycling routes. Those people who cycle to work (or wherever) are in just as much a hurry to get there as those people in their cars. We don't want to avoid baby strollers, dogs, groups of runners, kids learning to ride their first two-wheeler, and grandma out for a walk. It would make as much sense as making a major highway a playground zone. Cyclists can achieve great speeds and can seriously injure those people who stroll around without any sense of their surroundings (i.e. paying no attention to "divided lines", etc.). In order to improve cycling safety and efficiency for the daily commute, please have dedicated cycle commuters provide their input. Don't just rely on a city councillor who maybe somewhere in his garage owns a bike.
Provide an allowance for people who choose to bike. (i.e.: similar to getting one for having a second child). People needs incentive to change their habits. Once they tried and see that, past an adjustment period it's all good, (more energy, happier, more relaxed, losing weight, feeling stronger...) you have a new convert, and one less person needing Health care before it's their time to check out. This in turn will be an incentive for the government to provide better infrastructure for the people biking. Win-Win situation
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!
It would be great for the government to legislate some kind of incentive (tax break?) for workplaces to add showers and changerooms. Obviously, getting to work in our climate can sometimes be a wet affair, and having somewhere to change and dry off can be a huge factor in deciding whether or not it's worth it to bike.
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!
There are numerous locations throughout BC where the construction of rumble strips along with the placement of concrete barriers has reduce the useable shoulder surface to less than 600mm. This is unrideable and unsafe forcing riders into high speed traffic lanes. The MoTBC design standards specify that the paved shoulder should have a minimum width of 1.5m. Cyclists lives are being placed at risk to protect motorists who are essentially unattentive for any number of reasons. This is unacceptable as it is based on discrimination in that it implies that cyclists are less worthy of protection than careless drivers.
We NEED more separated bike lanes, to take the cycling community in Vancouver to the next step. These separated bike lanes should be along main streets, for example: Burrard St., Commercial Drive, SW Marine Drive, Cambie St. and there are many more examples.
More sharrows and other lane markings along with education for drivers and cyclist as to the meaning of the markings