Gili Rosenberg

  • commented on Metro Vancouver Cycle Highways Emails 2018-04-08 11:48:59 -0700
    As a young family of three, living in Kitsilano, Vancouver, we have chosen not to own a car. We get around the city almost solely by bike, occasionally using transit. I commute daily by bike to downtown Vancouver. Our three year old started riding a balance bike at 14 months and a pedal bike at three years. Having the recently paved Arbutus Greenway ride by our door has been life changing for us and him. More routes like this are desperately needed, both for commuters, like myself, and for families such as ours.

    We need a fully connected network of safe, smooth and separated bikeways – a cycling highway, just like in Europe. Getting more people out riding, both to work, to shop or for recreation is in everyone’s interest – to have less cars on the road, cleaner air, healthier citizens, kids who can grow up riding around their city and to their schools.

    The current network of cycling streets is a great first step, but there is much still to improve. We live on 10th Ave., a major cycling route, on a block with two schools (between Vine and Yew). Daily we have a barrage of SUV’s, Hummers, and so on, idling on our block, in a 30 minute traffic jam, when school starts and ends. It’s a dangerous situation, and the road is showing the toll – it is all broken up due to the increased traffic. Let’s create a situation where it is safe and convenient for kids to ride to school, instead of riding in two tonne tanks. Let’s create a network of cycling highways that is separate from the roads that cars travel on, let’s make cycling accessible, convenient and safe for all to enjoy, and we will all reap the benefits, even those of us who cannot or choose not to cycle!

  • signed A Billion for Biking & Walking Petition 2015-11-13 05:27:25 -0800

    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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  • answered 2014-11-29 20:43:44 -0800
    Q: Please choose your top priority:
    A: More funding for bike paths and separate bike lanes in your community

    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

  • tagged Separated Bike Lanes: Lots More, Along Busy Streets with very high 2014-10-24 12:33:13 -0700

    Separated Bike Lanes: Lots More, Along Busy Streets

    We NEED more separated bike lanes, to take the cycling community in Vancouver to the next step. These separated bike lanes should be along main streets, for example: Burrard St., Commercial Drive, SW Marine Drive, Cambie St. and there are many more examples.

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