Arno Schortinghuis


I love cycling and I believe that as the voice for cycling in British Columbia, the BCCC continues to help make cycling better. It has been an honour to serve as president of this great organization and I would like to continue to help the organization to grow and become an even stronger voice for cycling in BC .

  • commented on Rail Trails Emailer 2018-02-12 10:25:50 -0800
    Dear Premier Horgan, Minister Donaldson, Minister Beare:

    Abandoned rail corridors have the potential to become amazing cycling corridors throughout the province. These could provide world class cycle touring opportunities as well as providing recreational opportunities and cycle commuting opportunities for BC residents. Though there are some decent rail trails on the Island and in the Okanagan, many rail trails are being destroyed by motorized recreational use.

    Before the 2010 Olympics, the provincial government initiated a “Trails of 2010” initiative which promised that many rail trails would be established for walking, cycling and equestrian use. The major one was the Kettle Valley Rail corridor between Hope and Nelson which is currently a portion of the Trans Canada Trail. Unfortunately, nothing was done to improve the trail and now much of it has been destroyed by motorized use. The provincial government has also established the “Experience the Fraser” initiative which would see trails on both sides of the Fraser between the Salish Sea and Hope, but again this project is languishing.

    Motorized use is totally incompatible with non-motorized use due to speed, noise and trail destruction. Note that there are many places for motorized trail use throughout the province. The rail trails are ideal for cycling and should be reserved for active transportation. I encourage you to work with the cycling, hiking and motorized groups in order to create world class cycle touring opportunities as well as trails which will attract many local residents to walk, cycle and ride horses.

  • posted about Safer Passing Law on Facebook 2017-10-27 15:31:52 -0700
    Support a 1.5m Safer Passing Law. Make our roads safer for cycling and walking.

    BC Needs a Safer Passing Law to Protect People Cycling & Walking


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    Take Action: Email the Premier

    {{show_more?html==A Safer Passing Law requiring drivers to pass people cycling and walking by at least 1.5m would make our roads safer and more comfortable for residents and visitors. If there is more than one lane for traffic in the same direction, the driver would have to have to pass in the lane next to the one a vulnerable road user is traveling in. 

    While progress has been made, still relatively few roads in B.C. have bike lanes or shoulders and many don’t have sidewalks especially in rural areas forcing people to share the road with high speed motor vehicle traffic. While we strongly encourage governments to invest in protected bike lanes, paths and sidewalks, building them could take years. In the meantime, a Safer Passing Law will help improve safety.

    Research elsewhere indicates that:

    • Close passes account for almost 1/3 of the threatening encounters people cycling have with those driving

    • Close passes are a particular problem in rural areas accounting for almost 50% of incidents

    • People who maintained an average of under 13km/h reported 3 times as many near misses per mile than those with an average of over 19km/h

    • Close passes are particularly a problem for women, who on average cycle more slowly than men, and experience a 50% higher rate of near misses than men

    Enabling Education and Enforcement

    The majority of drivers already pass people cycling and walking in a safe manner but the few that do not pose a potentially fatal risk to vulnerable road users. A Safe Passing law would help educate those that are unaware of how to pass safely and enable enforcement when needed.  

    • Police initiatives to tackle drivers who pass cyclists too closely could prevent up to 28% of the crashes that kill and seriously injure cyclists, according to an analysis of crash data

    Clarity for People Driving, Cycling and Walking

    A cyclist can do little to avoid a hit from behind, and an objective, easy to estimate minimum passing distance is better than a subjective standard of safe driving behavior for much the same reason that a maximum speed limit is.

    Not only does the MVA not currently define a minimum passing distance for motorists overtaking cyclists, there is confusion as to whether the language in the Act even applies to passing cyclists. Section 157 states that an overtaking vehicle “must cause the vehicle to pass to the left of the other vehicle at a safe distance.” Bicycles, however, are not “vehicles” by definition under the Act at s. 1. In any event, even where courts have accepted that motorists have an obligation to pass cyclists safely, what constitutes as a safe passing distance remains unclear.

    A safe passing law would provide clarification that a motorist has a duty to leave a safe passing distance when passing a cyclist as well as definitive guidance on the minimum such distance. This avoids subjective assessments by motorist as to what constitutes a safe distance, and provide an objective standard for enforcement and education.


    Safe passing distances have been specified by over 27 jurisdictions in North America, including Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.

    Following the death of rising cycling star Ellen Watters on a training ride in December 2016, the New Brunswick legislature is moving quickly to pass a safe passing distance law.

    Nevada’s safe passing law requires passing inimmediate left lane, if there is more than one lane in the same direction.

    Ottawa bike police are using a sonar device to  measure the distance between drivers and cyclists. As in Ontario and other jurisdictions, we also recommend an educational campaign be undertaken to ensure motorists are aware of the law before enforcement campaigns.

    Thank you to the Cross Canada Cycle Touring Society for their generous donation to this campaign.


    Learn more about their organization here: 

    More Info About the Safer Passing Campaign 

    Safe Passing Submission

    Safer Passing and Speeds Brief}} 

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  • commented on Seaside Greenway emailer 2017-10-03 15:11:55 -0700
    The Vancouver Seaside Greenway could be a world class walking and cycling experience which would attract more locals as well as people from around the world to enjoy this iconic route.

    Unfortunately, there is one major gap in the greenway, namely Kits Beach and Haddon Parks. This is surprising, given the lofty Mission, Goals and Objectives which are included in the Park Board. For example, the Vision is

    “To be leaders in parks and recreation by connecting people to

    green space, active living and community.”

    Why then is it that so much effort is made to provide parking for cars, a restaurant and a museum and that recreational opportunities like tennis, swimming and basketball are encouraged but walking is unsafe on the official greenway path and cycling is very unsafe in this area? Doesn’t the vision statement speak more to walking and cycling than to driving and swimming? Why are walking and cycling left out of the definition of recreation but golfing is included?

    I urge the Park Board to improve the dangerous segment of the Seaside Greenway route in the Kitsilano Beach area immediately. Then we can invite the world to visit our world class greenway.

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  • answered 2017-02-01 20:35:37 -0800
    Q: Please rate how strongly you support or oppose the investment of $100 million per year over 10 years in cycling and walking.
    A: Strongly Support

    Cycling and Walking Investment Poll

    The BC government spends around $2 billion per year on transportation, primarily on highway expansion, road maintenance and transit. The BC Cycling Coalition estimates that it will cost around $2 billion to complete cycling networks and $2.5 billion to complete walking networks in communities across BC.

    The BC Cycling Coalition recommends that the BC Government invest $100 million per year over 10 years to help complete cycling and walking networks in communities across BC. This investment in protected bike lanes, paths, sidewalks and safer intersections would help people of all ages including children and seniors to safely cycle, walk and use wheelchairs.


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  • commented on Sunshine Coast Coastal Bike Route 2015-12-02 23:16:02 -0800
    Hi Greg:
    Thanks for your feedback. Unfortunately, with current funding levels it will take well over 50 years to get safe cycling networks throughout BC. We are recommending that the province accelerate their funding by investing a $billion to make this happen much sooner so that society can more quickly reap the benefits of more people cycling. We are encouraging the government to develop a provincial cycling strategy and this process would dictate how we can best move forward. We certainly encourage the government to increase investment in safe cycling infrastructure. With your support for our petition, we will be one step closer.

    Arno Schortinghuis, President, BCCC
  • answered 2015-11-12 16:40:35 -0800
    Q: Please choose your top priority:
    A: Changes to the Motor Vehicle Act including safe passing distance law and being able to ride two abreast

    Cycling Priorities Poll

    Please let us know what you think the top priority should be for the BC Cycling Coalition. This will help us plan our efforts over the coming year.

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  • 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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Arno is from the Netherlands and got around by bike before he was born since this is how many Dutch people get around. He believes that while a cycle trip sometimes takes more elapsed time than by other modes, cycling is way more tim
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