Bill Yearwood

President and Board member of the BC Masters Cycling Association (BCMCA) for 10+ years, involved in all matters of the administration, promotion, and the development of the BCMCA. Collaboration with other cycling clubs to host events around BC. Responsible for getting the BC Minister of Transport to consider and have Worksafe BC establish guidelines for amateur grassroots road events control (marshaling).

My vision for cycling in BC and around the world, is that cycling is a respected mode of transportation. That everyone respects the space cyclist need and are part of making cycling safe and convenient.


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  • commented on Email Your Mayor & Council in Support of Motor Vehicle Act Improvements 2018-09-05 20:30:29 -0700
    The MVA is not an appropriate Act to ensure cyclists are safe on BC roads. I should be renamed “The Road Safety Act”, should identify venerable road users, and ensure motor vehicle drivers have a responsibility to reduce risk to Active Transportation (cyclists, pedestrians, etc.) road users.

    Mayors & Councillors Pass Motor Vehicle Act Improvements Resolution

    Great news! Resolution B102: Updating the BC Motor Vehicle Act to Improve Safety for All Road Users passed at Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) conference. Thanks to the City of New Westminster for moving this resolution forward.

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    While this is a very important step forward, much work still needs to be done to help ensure that the BC Government updates the Motor Vehicle Act to make our roads safer for people walking and cycling.

    Your donation will be a real help enabling us to reach more people and groups who support cycling and engage government officials. Please contribute today! 

    Proposed changes to improve the safety and comfort of people cycling, walking and using a wheelchair include:

    • Change of name of the act, as it applies to all modes, not just motor vehicles
    • Specify minimum passing distance of 1.5m for people cycling, walking and using a wheelchair
    • Legal definitions of bicycle lanes and separated cycling facilities to enable better enforcement against vehicles blocking bike lanes
    • Legalization of bicycle specific signals
    • Allowing riding two abreast 
    • Removal or updated as near to the right clause
    • Enabling cities to create blanket speed limits less than 50 km/h
    • A default speed limit of 30 km/h on local neighbourhood streets (no centre line)

    More information on the proposed changes here.

    Please write your mayor and council thanking them for supporting the changes to the Motor Vehicle Act.

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  • commented on Make the Sea to Sky Highway Safer for Cycling 2018-05-30 10:48:40 -0700
    Two low cost things could significantly reduce risk of fatal cyclists accidents on our Highways and in particular the Sea to Sky Hwy.

    Improved maintenance (keep the shoulder clear of gravel and debris that road cyclists must avoid); and reduce the speed limit where cyclists must ride on the road because of no paved shoulder (this is the case near Porteau Cove – vehicles cannot slow from 80 to 30 or less when they see a cyclist on the road and there is a vehicle coming in the other direction – the natural choice is to take out the cyclist as opposed to a head on collision at a combined speed of 160).

    If the paved shoulders are not cleaned, we effectively have no paved shoulder to ride on.

    Make the Sea to Sky Highway Safer for Cycling

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    The Sea to Sky corridor (Highway 99 and secondary roads) connects Horseshoe Bay, Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, Mt. Currie and on to Lillooet. The natural beauty of the corridor and recent improvements to the highway and roads to Squamish Valley, Callaghan Valley, Pemberton Meadows and Portage Road to D’Arcy, has enhanced the attractiveness of the area for motorists and cyclists alike.

    Please email the Minister

    The Whistler Cycling Club has submitted the following recommendations to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. We believe these would help improve safety and enjoyment for all road users in the Sea to Sky corridor.

    Maintenance

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    1. Frequently sweep highway shoulders to remove gravel, glass and debris.
      After the initial sweep in the spring gravel, glass and debris accumulate on the highway shoulder, especially in areas with a concrete barrier.
    2. Repair cracked, uneven and damaged Highway 99 shoulders, particularly between Whistler and Pemberton.
    3. Repaint white fog line separating travel lane from shoulder (a highly visible fog line helps to delineate the shoulder area for cyclists).
    4. Repaint bicycle stencil pavement markings on shoulders through urban areas and at highway intersections.
    5. Establish more frequent communication between cycling community, maintenance contractors and MoTI.

    Infrastructure Enhancements and Investments

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    1. Repave Highway 99 from Whistler to Pemberton, including adequate (ideally 2.0m minimum 1.5m) paved shoulder.
    2. Address cycling safety hazard due to narrow shoulders along Porteau Bluffs.
    3. Address extreme safety hazard for cyclists of the very narrow northbound shoulder from Britannia to Murrin Park.
    4. Install additional regulatory signage to encourage drivers and cyclists to share the road.
    5. Install cycling tourism signage.
    6. Replace, move or mark dangerous storm drain catch basins.
    7. Widen and/or repave secondary roads.

    Communication, Education, Regulation

    1. Utilize overhead digital signs at Alice Lake and Alta Lake Road to encourage drivers to watch for cyclists.
    2. Create laws to adopt a mandatory 1.0-1.5 m separation between vehicles and cyclists, with greater separation in areas with higher speed limits.
    3. Clarify existing cycling laws (e.g. riding two abreast) and educate cyclists and motorists on the laws and etiquette of shared road use.
    4. Improved education of both cyclists and motorists would be beneficial.

    Motor Vehicle Speed

    Highway 99 Speed Limits were increased in 2016 on the following sections:

    • Horseshoe Bay/Squamish: 90 km/km
    • Squamish/Whistler: 100 km/h
    • Whistler/Pemberton: 90 km/h

    These increased speed limits between Horseshoe Bay and Pemberton,
    coupled with higher traffic volumes, have increased the risk and consequences of
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    1. Wider shoulders would provide more separation between cyclists and high-speed traffic. 
    2. More frequent shoulder sweeping and shoulder repairs would reduce the need for cyclists to move into the travel lane.

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  • commented on Road Safety Emailer 2018-05-25 11:40:00 -0700
    I commute on the shoulder of the Pat Bay Hwy twice a week. It is the most efficient route, but high risk because of the poor maintenance (clearing debris) from the shoulder. I have had 3 flats in the last 4 commutes (my tires cost about $100 each).

    This is common on BC roads. The only place to ride without the risk of flat tires is where the automobile traffic travel and clear debris (spit it to the side where bikes could ride safely). Obviously this puts me and other riders at risk of being hit by a fast moving automobile.

    Please take steps to improve road maintenance in and effort to reduce risk to all users.

    Thank you.

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  • signed A Billion for Biking & Walking Petition 2017-11-04 18:59:50 -0700
    I believe cycling solves several of problems we face. It helps transportation congestion, physical health, and the environment.

    A Billion for Bikes - Cycling for Everyone Petition

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    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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  • commented on Write BC's Leaders 2018-01-24 14:41:35 -0800
    I’m writing to encourage you to embrace a transportation mode shift. Walking, cycling, clean public transportation, and non-polluting vehicles are preferable (in that order). I ask that you ensure your government is part of a change to shift BC residents (set an example for Canada and the world) out of polluting transportation.

    I would like to also point out that women are at the fore front of this shift, and by making it better for women, we help with gender equality.

    This can be achieved in part by a cycling friendly Motor Vehicle Act, and safer cycling routes.

    Write BC's Leaders for More Cycling Funding

    {{show_more?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 $1 million to $4 million per km (1/6 the cost of one km of road network for motorized vehicles). This investment will enable the construction of hundreds of kilometres of high quality facilities in communities around the province, giving the majority of British Columbians access to great bicycle routes.

    Everyone Benefits

    Importantly, cycling facilities also benefit those who don’t ride a bicycle. Multi-use paths are used by pedestrians, in-line skaters, electric wheelchairs, personal mobility scooters, and skateboards. Traffic calming along bicycle routes benefits neighbourhoods, making streets safer for all pedestrians. But it has particular benefit for seniors, children, and the disabled. Bike lanes along busy streets calm traffic, enhancing the pedestrian environment and creating a more welcoming retail atmosphere.

    Accelerated Investment

    In our Cycling Strategy. we recommend a significant acceleration of the investment in cycling networks including bicycle paths, separated bicycle lanes and other high quality bicycle facilities totalling $175 million per year by all levels of government. This investment in infrastructure, accompanied by funding for education, promotion, and end-of-trip facilities, will enable residents and visitors of all ages and abilities to safely and conveniently cycle throughout the province, fostering healthier individuals and communities.}}

    Take Action

    We encourage the Provincial Government to show strong leadership by committing $100 per year for cycling and walking networks in communities around B.C.

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