Ray Moon

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    Complete the Trans Canada Trail - Southern BC

    Initiated in 1992 as a project to celebrate Canada’s 125th year, the Trans Canada Trail is the world’s longest network of multi-use recreational trails for biking, walking, hiking and horseback riding. In the winter, many sections are great for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. When connected, it will stretch 23,000 kilometres from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic Oceans, through every province and territory, linking over 1000 communities and all Canadians.

    In British Columbia, the Trans Canada Trail runs nearly 1,700 kilometres from Victoria to the Rocky Mountains, through some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. It passes through or near many communities including: Victoria, Duncan, and Nanaimo on Vancouver Island; West Vancouver, North Vancouver, Vancouver, Burnaby, Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Coquitlam, Surrey and Langley in the Lower Mainland; Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and Hope in the Fraser Valley; Princeton, Penticton, and Kelowna in the Okanagan; Kootenay and Rocky Mountain communities including Grand Forks, Trail, Fernie and Cranbrook, and onto the British Columbia-Alberta border. It will have spur trails linking to it as the British Columbia Trail Network develops.

    Help complete the Trans Canada Trail by 2017 as well as fund other biking and walking trails in BC. Please sign and share the petition with your contacts.

    The Gaps

    Our maps show connected and operational trail in green, with gaps and interim routes shown in yellow. It is our goal to fully connect these gaps with operational trail (or sanctioned roadway connections) by January 1, 2017. Many segments are well on their way to being developed as recreational trail. However, many large segments remain as gaps. Some of the most notable include:

    • City of Victoria (Clover Point to Johnson Street Bridge
    • Malahat (Langford to Shawnigan Lake)
    • Coquihalla River Bridge (NE of Hope, missing bridge over the river)
    • Summerland to Penticton on the KVR
    • Castlegar to Trail
    • Trail to Salmo
    • Nelson to Kimberley Nature Park/St Mary's
    • Cranbrook to Fernie
    • Fernie to Elk Pass

    More information on the BC sections of the Trail at: http://trailsbc.ca/tct/trans-canada-trail

    For more information about the Trans Canada Trail, please visit their web site: www.tctrail.ca


    TrailsBC strongly supports the Biking and Walking for Everyone - Billion for Bikes campaign. The dramatically increased investment in cycling will really help complete the Trans Canada Trail by 2017 as well as fund other trails in BC.

    Please sign and share the petition with your contacts.

  • signed A Billion for Biking & Walking Petition via 2016-07-23 13:29:31 -0700

    A Billion for Bikes - Cycling for Everyone Petition


    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%

    Funding Sources

    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.

    Take Action

    Please sign and share the petition with your contacts.

    More Info

    BC Cycling Coalition Climate Leadership Plan Submission

    Regional Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan, Capital Regional District

    Metro Vancouver Regional Cycling Strategy Implementation Plan

    Recommendations by the Canadian Diabetes Association for B.C. Budget 2016

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    6,632 signatures

    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
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