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.
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.
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.
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.