Erin O'Melinn

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  • commented on Email Your Mayor & Council in Support of Motor Vehicle Act Improvements 2018-09-05 11:48:30 -0700
    Next week at UBCM, please vote in favour of a BC Active Transportation Strategy.

    A strategy would show provincial leadership and guide more investment to build for and promote more people walking, cycling, and getting around by more active modes. Community connectivity depends on access to actively getting around, and more people moving under their own steam will enhance road safety, air quality, and health as well. Walking and cycling are affordable, accessible, and convenient ways to get around when there is a connected network. Please support progress here.

    A BC ATS would provide enhanced funding available to municipalities to build active communities and to provide education and programming to motivate and inform safe, respectful, and efficient ways to get around.

    Vote Yes for a BC Active Transportation Strategy.

    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.


    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:

    Best Regards



    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.

    Here is the message I just sent:


    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 Rail Trails Emailer 2017-09-29 23:48:09 -0700
    Rail trails are flat and ideal for cycling, they are also highly attractive to cycle tourists who want to travel long distances without highway traffic. Maintaining and improving the BC section of Trans Canada Trail will provide good family-wage jobs through trail related services and the shops and services in adjacent trail communities. Other areas in Canada and the US have benefitted in the millions from cycling tourism like this, and BC’s beautiful natural setting has huge potential to attract people from all over.

    Currently, the trail is becoming deteriorated by motorized use and lack of maintenance. Better maintaining and connecting this trail system has benefits for thousands of British Columbians. Please use this opportunity.

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