Richard Campbell

I’ve had the pleasure of working with many of you to improve cycling around Vancouver and BC through HUB, BEST, Canada Bikes and the BCCC. Working with political leaders and staff in all levels of government, we have had many successes. From wider sidewalks on the Lions Gate Bridge and the Ironworks Bridge, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Path on the Canada Line Bridge, to the Central Valley Greenway. All told, these improvements total around $70 million.

While there are many reasons why I work to move cycling forward, what I find most rewarding is seeing more and more people cycling. Especially families with children.

Still, there is much to do. BC is a large province with great potential.

We need cycle tracks along main streets so people can safely and comfortably cycle to shops, cafes, restaurants, offices and other businesses.

We need safe connections between communities for locals and tourists. At least wide shoulders free of debris and preferable paths separated from high speed traffic.

We need to improve the Motor Vehicle Act or even better, replace it with a modern road users act that makes the safety of people cycling and walking the priority. Key changes include removing the requirement to ride single file allowing you to legally ride beside friends and families and a safe passing distance law.

We need improved standards for paths and roads ensuring that obstacles are not placed on or near bicycle paths, that fencing and railings do not cause crashes or serious injuries and that shoulders are wide, well maintained and kept clear of hazards. 

We need need to build stronger more organized cycling community across the Province to encourage leaders to make commitments to improve cycling and to provide the grassroots support they need when they show leadership in moving cycling.

We need your support to make this all happen. As the BCCC not a charity, we can’t issue tax receipts. However, that means we are not limited in the amount of money that we can and will devote for advocacy.

I look forward to continue working with you to make this beautiful province a great place for people of all ages to enjoy cycling.

Thank you for your great work and support.


  • responded to Protected Bike Lanes Make Communities Safer for Everyone with submitted 2019-07-26 20:30:21 -0700

    Protected Bike Lanes Make Communities Safer for Everyone

    A study has found that networks of protected bike lanes make cities safer for everyone including those driving and walking. Based on the experience of existing protected bike lanes, they predict that a complete network of protected bike lanes would decrease traffic fatalities by 44% and fatal/severe injury by 50%.

    The study by Wes Marshall from the University of Colorado Denver and Nick Ferenchak from the University of New Mexico, found that it was the protected bike lanes that resulted in the improvements, not higher cycling rates or safety in numbers. This is likely due to safer street design, and lower motor vehicle speeds

    This strongly increases the business case for massive investment in protected bike lanes. This investment, in addition to GHG emissions reductions, could significantly reduce ICBC costs that total around $4.6 billion per year. This would result in lower insurance rates so those that drive should be supporting investing in protected bike lanes if they want lower insurance rates.

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    Cycling For Everyone

    Your generous contribution will help us mobilize the support needed to convince the Provincial and Federal Governments to make bold investments in cycling & walking through:

    • Outreach to organizations and businesses 
    • Petitioning to show the government that a lot of people support better cycling
    • Meeting with politicians and staff
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    Please support our efforts by making an on-going contribution of $5, $10, $15 or $20 per month or a one-time donation.


  • What Actions Should the Government Take to Promote Cycling, Walking & Rolling?

    As part of their Active Transportation Strategy consultation, BC Government is asking what the most important action is they could take to promote walking and cycling in your community and region. Please let them know here.

    Let the Government Know What Action to Take

    A good idea to mention improvements to provincial roads, highways and bridges needed in your community to make cycling, walking and rolling safer and more convenient for people of all ages.

    You can also send an email to activetransportation@gov.bc.ca

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  • responded to Province Starts Consultation on Active Transportation with submitted 2019-03-07 21:10:42 -0800

    Province Starts Consultation on Active Transportation

    The Province has started consultation on active transportation! This is a great opportunity to make cycling safer and more comfortable for everyone in BC. Input will be excepted until April 15. 

    The development of an active transportation strategy with significant investment in and policy support for cycling, walking and rolling has be the major objective of the BC Cycling Coalition over the last few years. Our reps have already participated in the two stakeholder forums in Vancouver and Surrey and a facilities design guidelines meeting. 

    Minister Trevena states:

    By investing in strong, sustainable communities I believe we can build a better B.C. for ourselves, our kids and our grandchildren.

    As part of CleanBC, we want to work in partnership with communities to improve active transportation infrastructure that connects the places where people live, work, learn and play. Transforming how we get around not only helps to reduce pollution, it can lead to healthier outcomes for people and make our communities cleaner and more livable.

    Through this site, British Columbians are encouraged to bring their ideas about the ways governments can work together to build new active transportation infrastructure or better support existing network connections. Your input is valuable so please join the conversation!

    Working together, we can make communities more livable with investments in cleaner transportation options that are convenient and affordable.

    On the investment side, we are encouraged that the CleanBC plan states: 

    Among global leaders in active transportation, annual per-person investments are growing. The Netherlands spends $48 per person per year on active transportation programs; Denmark invests $34 per person, and New Zealand recently announced an investment of $24 per person on infrastructure, education, promotion and safety. Lessons learned in these leading jurisdictions
    will help to inform the new B.C. strategy.
     

    Take Action

    Questions will be posted on the active transportation website every two weeks.

    The first question is: 

    What does active transportation mean to you and how does it fit into your life? Please respond here.

    Input and submissions can also be emailed to activetransportation@gov.bc.ca

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  • Eliminating the PST on Electric Bicycles - Minister James - Letter - January 2019

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  • published Donate Safer Cycling in Take Action 2018-12-28 16:53:10 -0800

    Help Make Cycling Safer

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    Do you feel that cycling should be safer in BC?

    We believe everyone should have the right to feel safe on the road, and for families to enjoy precious time together, enjoying fresh air and exercise. 

    We want the province to improve conditions for cyclists in B.C. by investing in expanded bike networks, improving safety education for drivers and cyclists, and update the Motor Vehicle Act.  We are pressuring the government to adopt a safer passing law to help ensure that drivers pass people cycling by at least 1.5m.

    We have made progress

    Thanks to the generous donations from folks like you, we have helped convince the B.C. Government to develop an Active Transportation Strategy in 2019 to make cycling safer and more attractive. They state that lessons learned from Netherlands and Denmark will help inform the new B.C. Strategy. They say they are making sure that major projects such as bridges are designed to make walking and cycling use as safe and convenient as possible.

    In September, the Union of BC Municipalities passed a resolution urging the Province to update the Motor Vehicle Act to improve the safety of all road users. In November, the Finance Committee recommended that the B.C. Government eliminate the PST on electric bikes

    Still, there is much work to be done. We need your help. To dramatically increase investment in bike networks and to change legislation takes persistence and resources. That’s why we ask for your donation, especially now when whatever you donate could be doubled!  

    To support our work toward improving conditions for cycling, the BC Cycling Coalition has a target of raising $10,000 during this holiday season. That’s why we ask for your donation, especially now when donations of $100 or more will be matched by anonymous donors up to $2000. But this offer ends in the first week of the new year.

    It is fair that people of all ages and abilities should be able to cycle safely, conveniently and enjoyably in any community in BC.   Does every family in BC feel safe going for a ride with the kids? This is our vision. This the way it should be.

    Help us get there. Please donate and help us get matching funds.

    Thank you, and we wish you a safe and happy New Year! 

    Richard Campbell, Executive Director, BC Cycling Coalition

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  • responded to BC to Establish Active Transportation Strategy in 2019! with submitted 2018-12-15 20:13:48 -0800

    BC to Establish Active Transportation Strategy in 2019!

    Good news! The BC government has stated it will establish an active transportation strategy in 2019 as part of it's CleanBC plan. This has been one of the BC Cycling Coalition's top goals. We are really excited to see it move forward. Thanks to all of you who sent letters, signed the Cycling and Walking for Everyone petition and donated to our campaigns. Your actions really make a difference!

    We are also excited that Minister Trevena met with us the day after the CleanBC plan was announced. It is great to have a Minister of Transportation committed to developing an active transportation strategy. 

    From the CleanBC plan, page 25:

    It’s not an option for everyone, but driving less can help reduce costs, stress and the risk of accidents,
    not to mention cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. In 2019, the Province will establish an active transportation strategy with measures to support new infrastructure, education and incentive programs, and safety improvements for people walking, cycling and using other kinds of active transportation.
    As we expand our transportation infrastructure, we’re making sure that major projects like new bridges and interchanges are designed to make walking, cycling and transit use as safe and convenient as possible.
    They mention investment levels from some of the world leaders, so, hopefully, we will soon see similar levels in BC so everyone can bike and walk for their daily trips. From page 26:

    We currently spend about $1.50 a year per person on active transportation, including things like bike lanes, walking paths and well-planned connections to transit. 

    Among global leaders in active transportation, annual per-person investments are growing. The Netherlands spends $48 per person per year on active transportation programs; Denmark invests $34 per person, and New Zealand recently announced an investment of $24 per person on infrastructure, education, promotion and safety. Lessons learned in these leading jurisdictions will help to inform the new B.C. strategy.

    While this is definitely great progress, still lots of work to be done to ensure that the B.C. Government develops a great active transportation strategy and invests enough to ensure everyone can ride a bike for their daily trips.

    Please Donate to our Cycling for Everyone campaign. 

    We will keep you up to date on the consultations for the active transportation strategy. For breaking news, please Like Us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter

      

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  • responded to Exempt e-bikes from the PST - Finance Committee with submitted 2018-11-20 12:28:49 -0800

    Exempt e-bikes from the PST - Finance Committee

    Good news! The recommendations of BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services include exempting e-bikes from the PST. This was among the recommendations the BC Cycling Coalition presented to the Committee in September.

    Specifically, the recommendation on page 23 of the report states:

    29. Exempt e-bikes (electric-assist bicycles) from the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) to encourage British Columbians to pursue active forms of transportation. 

    Of note, this was the only recommendation the Committee made regarding the PST. The report has been sent to the Legislature who will likely approve the new budget in the Spring.

    Currently in B.C. bicycles and transportation fares are exempt from PST charges, and clean energy vehicles (cars) are eligible for rebates up to $5,000. Purchases of new electric bicycles, and their electric parts, are charged PST, and are not eligible for rebates. Something doesn’t seem right here, does it?

    For small business owners however, this detail feels rather significant. "It's really quite a hassle." Says Paul Dragan of Reckless Bikes. "When repairing an electric bike, we have to charge PST on the electric parts like the battery and motor while there is no PST on the bike parts like wheels and brakes.". Creating two separate lines, and a once unnecessary step to small business’s financial records, is cumbersome and aggravating.

    Electric bicycles remove accessibility barriers by allowing riders to conquer hills, speeds, and distances that would otherwise be impossible for some people. These machines, that emit zero carbon, make active transportation a viable option for a broader population, opening it up to all ages and abilities, especially in combination with safe cycling infrastructure.

    More here.

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