Vitalii Vovk

  • commented on Road Safety Emailer 2018-09-04 13:12:42 -0700
    I’ve seen far too many speeding drivers on BC’s roads. I’m calling for stopping being afraid of losing electoral popularity and taking immediate and systemic steps in order to enforce speed limits in B.C by implementing automated speed enforcement systems.


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    Let the Premier and Ministers know that you want safer roads
    Tell them about your close calls or crashes. Let them know you want transportation choices; more enforcement of drunk and distracted driving laws; automated speed enforcement; and lower speed limits to help protect you and your loved ones.
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  • commented on Electric Bike Emailer 2018-05-16 14:10:11 -0700
    In BC, there’s no incentive for purchasing of an e-bike, an environmentally and traffic-friendly travel device. E-bikes enable people of all ages and almost all physical states to cycle, especially on a hilly terrain. I call for introducing such incentives through tax rebate for residents of BC.


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    Vitalii Vovk

    Canadian citizen

    Vancouver, BC

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  • commented on Metro Vancouver Cycle Highways Emails 2018-04-06 16:26:17 -0700
    I’m calling for improved cycling infrastructure in metro Vancouver.


    Despite cycling being the fastest growing mode of transport in Metro Vancouver, the cycling network is disconnected and a lot of people are unable to find safe routes to their destinations.


    Over 40% of locals want to cycle but currently don’t, and for many of them it’s because they are scared of dangerous road conditions.


    I support HUB Cycling’s UnGapTheMap campaign and urge the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MoTI) and TransLink to provide increased investment into cycling infrastructure. Sustained, high level funding would help create a safer, more connected network that would get more people cycling.


    Cycle highways, which are getting more people biking in countries such as Denmark, Germany, Norway, the Netherlands and the UK, would be a suitable solution for many of Metro Vancouver’s highest priority gaps.


    Cycle highways are suitable for all ages and abilities and provide direct, safe routes across longer distances, connecting communities and major destinations.


    The introduction of cycle highways would reduce congestion and greenhouse gases, provide healthier transportation choices and would encourage residents and tourists to access destinations across Metro Vancouver by bike.


    Please support safer cycling in Metro Vancouver by backing the introduction of cycle highways and considering this solution when planning all road and transit projects. By working closely with stakeholders, such as HUB Cycling and municipalities, to plan and implement cycle highways, Metro Vancouver could become one of the safest and most connected cycling regions in North America.


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  • commented on Seaside Greenway emailer 2018-02-11 15:19:48 -0800
    Hello,


    I’m calling for infrastructure improvement in Kitsilano in order to enable residents who commute by bicycle to get to / through the area freely and safely. Physical separation from other traffic / pedestrians is a golden standard for urban infrastructure. Vancouver has great potential for becoming a truly smart city, and enabling residents to commute by bicycle is an essential component of this goal.


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  • commented on Write BC's Leaders 2018-01-07 17:59:02 -0800
    I’m writing to express my strongest support of cycling infrastructure improvement in BC. To enable all people, from young to elderly, to cycle safely in BC, safe and protected from other traffic cycling infrastructure has to be available systemically. It has to be uniform, easy to use, recognizable, and practical. Different patches of the city that have some protected bike lanes is not enough for shifting transportation habits in the province. I call for deep and comprehensive plan that will transform the province into a recognized cyclist-friendly subject. All the required for that methods are known and available – just look at Denmark or the Netherlands. Political will is what we need.


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    Vitalii Vovk

    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