Let's get the Motor Vehicle Act changed

I'm a founding director of the BC Cycling Coalition. I have been secretary and am currently the Treasurer. I was also on the board of HUB (previously the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition for about 15 years. I was an appointee to the City of Vancouver's Bicycle Advisory Committee for over ten years. I have a good understanding of the needs of cyclists and of best practices for the design of road and cycling infrastructure. I have excellent knowledge of and the implication of BC's Motor Vehicle Act (and related legislation) and strongly believe that BC is long overdue for major changes to bring in line with best practices from around North America and Europe and helping the BCCC work towards getting changes made.


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  • commented on Email Your Mayor & Council in Support of Motor Vehicle Act Improvements 2018-09-05 14:26:28 -0700
    Dear Mayor and City Councillors,


    At the upcoming UBCM conference, please vote in favour of Resolution B102: Updating the BC Motor Vehicle Act to Improve Safety for All Road Users.


    BC’s Motor Vehicle Act is sadly out of date and behind most other jurisdictions in North America. Simple things like bike lanes and separated bicycle facilities are not defined. We also need a minimum pass distance law and ease in allowing for municipalities to set lower speed limits. Even the name doesn’t indicate its true intent and should be changed. These are just a few examples of the many changes this act requires. Please encourage the province to bring this act into the modern era by approving this resolution.


    Thank you for your time and understanding.

    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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    Thank you for supporting safer cycling, walking and using a wheelchair through improvements to the Motor Vehicle Act. Your letter really helps!

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    Please help us make BC great for cycling:

    Your donation will help us reach more people who are passionate about safe cycling:


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    Richard


    Hi

    Please join me in helping to make BC safer for people who cycle, walk and use wheelchairs. Send a email in support of improvements to the Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) that will make cycling and walking safer and more comfortable.

    Let your mayor and council know how improvements to the MVA would make cycling, walking and using a wheelchair safer and more enjoyable for you and your family and friends.

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    Tell them about your experiences of cycling, walking and using a wheelchair in BC. It only takes a minute or two and will really help make a difference!

    Yes. I support Improvements to the MVA! 

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  • commented on Seaside Greenway emailer 2017-10-11 18:37:17 -0700
    I urge the Park Board to improve the dangerous segment of the Seaside Greenway route in the Kitsilano Beach area immediately. This section from the Burrard Bridge west to Balsam Street is one of the last unsafe sections of the iconic 28 km Seaside Greenway.


    The route through this incredibly well-used section of the Greenway either forces people walking and biking to share a narrow asphalt path or else forces people to ride on roads with heavy traffic and parking on both sides as well as through an extremely busy parking lot. People choose to bike on the Greenway because it is perhaps the most safe, scenic, and flat route in Vancouver and as a result it attracts people of all ages and abilities, including many children, novice, and recreational cyclists. The condition of the Greenway in this section not only deters those people on bikes to continue westward to Jericho and Spanish Banks, but it is also dangerous to them as they deal with conflicts with inattentive motorists on the roads and is unsafe for both people cycling and walking on the busy shared path.


    I look forward to hearing that you will be acting on this issue urgently.


    Sincerely,

    Seaside Greenway emailer

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    Please help with this campaign:

    Your donation will help us make cycling safer for all, visit www.bikehub.ca to support our work.

    Many thanks,

    HUB Cycling


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  • answered 2017-01-03 11:10:16 -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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  • signed A Billion for Biking & Walking Petition 2016-07-28 07:26:36 -0700

    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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  • answered 2015-06-16 11:06:38 -0700
    Q: How great a danger are drivers distracted by phoning or texting to you when you are cycling?
    A: Very Dangerous

    Distracted Driving Poll

    The Province of BC is currently asking for public input on distracted driving including texting or calling while driving. The BC Cycling Coalition will be submitting recommendations and wants your feedback to help guide our recommendations.

    Take the survey

  • answered 2014-10-07 11:22:02 -0700
    Q: With billions in surpluses projected for coming years, I would prefer that the Federal Government:
    A: Invest $40 per person per year in cycling paths and separated bike lanes.

    Federal Funding Poll

    The Federal Government is projecting large surpluses in coming years. The current government is talking about tax cuts.

    Another option would be for the Federal Government provide communities funding for cycling improvements such as separated bike lanes and cycling paths. The Netherlands, for example, invests around $40 per person per year in cycling.

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  • answered 2014-08-28 21:26:34 -0700
    Q: Please chose 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.

    Take the survey

I'm a founding director of the BC Cycling Coalition. I have been secretary and am currently the Treasurer. I was also on the board of HUB (previously the Vancouver Area Cycling Coalition for about 15 years. I was an appointee to the City of Vancouver's Bi
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