George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project, Phase 2 Consultation

Upcoming Time Deadline – The Government needs your input by April 2

Phase 2 Consultation is under way for the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project. Whether or not you frequently use the tunnel, this is the opportunity for your input. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is trying to narrow down the potential scenarios for further study.

This is the time to push the cycling agenda for a replacement project, including Combined Mobility of transit and bikes.

In addition to the highway-based scenarios put forth by the Ministry, it is also the time to push for additional scenarios that include the existing tunnel and transit alternatives such as light rail, extending the Canada Line, LRT, etc, which can carry bicycles.

Information packages for his consultation are available at http://engage.gov.bc.ca/masseytunnel/

PLEASE COMPLETE THE SURVEY BY APRIL 2, 2013 AT http://fluidsurveys.com/s/masseytunnel/

Some Comments

For the George Massey Tunnel Replacement Project consultation, the British Columbia Cycling Coalition input to the survey will reflect the Coalition’s perspective of Cycling for Transportation and cycling as an alternative mode of transportation for motorists to consider. The Coalition’s interests include a provincial-wide highway (right-of-way) infrastructure and network for people of all cycling skills and preferences to cycle in any part of British Columbia; a provincial network for cycling touring, which contributes to the local economies where cyclists pass through; and support for capacity within the province for Combined Mobility of transit and cycling (and public transportation), usually where cycling is a feeder to transit.

Too Early for Reducing the Number of Scenarios

It appears too early to focus on narrowing down a number of road based alternatives when there is lack of knowledge on future use of the tunnel, including road usage, traffic patterns, BC Ferry future and impact on the local terminal, and impacts of a number of significant factors, including roads being built on traffic volumes and patterns for the future.

It may be more prudential for the province to proceed on upgrading the tunnel to the level of Scenario 1 – Maintain Existing Tunnel and then study the need for the tunnel over the next few years as other factors evolve, including the affordability of individuals to drive, now and in the future years at all income levels.

Alternatives Not Included in this Consultation

There should be an alternative that consists of Scenario 1 – Maintain existing tunnel and provide an Active Transportation option, including semi or rapid transit serving the area south of the Fraser River, including the communities along the way to the Tsawwassen ferry dock and the U.S.A. border.

Provisions for Additional Usage of the Highway Right-of-Way

Also, the wide right-of-way of Highway 99 provides an opportunity for fast train trackage south to the border, which can also be used to service the communities within Metro Vancouver along the way.

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Your Input Requested for an Upcoming Sunshine Coast Transit Future Plan

BCCC Members Input Requested for an Upcoming Stakeholder Meeting on the Sunshine Coast Transit Future Plan

The BCCC will be represented at an upcoming stakeholder meeting on the 27th of March. As cyclists, especially those who cycle or cycle tour on the Sunshine Coast, your input is sought to help shape the BCCC’s messages for this Stakeholder Meeting.

We expect that another Sunshine Coast group will also be involved providing input from local cyclists.

The BCCC’s interest in this Transit Futures Plan includes supporting advancement of cycling in this region and in this province, in general, with supportive area transit futures plans which facilitate cycling and

  • Combined Mobility (trips combining transit and ferries with cycling) – the transit vehicles, the terminals, and stops having capacity and facilities for accommodating bicycles and also serving as a back-up to cycling trips necessitating to be competed by transit due to unplanned happenings
  • Road and transit infrastructure supporting cycling as part of combined mobility trips – cycling as a feed to transit stops
  • Cycle Tourism on the Sunshine Coast – the transit system supporting touring

For your information, the agenda for this meeting will focus on designing the future transit network and prioritizing change based upon the feedback from the first round of engagement and, more specifically, on

  • feedback is gathered from stakeholders on the draft Vision, Goals and Targets;
  • feedback is gathered from stakeholders on priorities for transit system change; and
  • stakeholders provide input to the Transit Future Network Design.

Refer to http://www.bctransit.com/transitfuture/sun_latestupdates.cfm

Please provide your input on the list serve or directly to Jack Becker at [email protected]

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Cycling and the BC 2013 Election

We believe that investing in cycling will help create safer streets for people of all ages, healthier & more connected communities, long-term savings in health care & transportation costs and significant economic benefits for the Province of B.C.

With this in mind I encourage you to visit our election page to learn more about the Provincial Cycling Strategy, our candidate brief, and how you can get involved.

Also, be sure to read the first media coverage about the campaign and efforts to move cycling forward during the election.

Georgia Straight: Advocacy Groups Call for Focus on Cycling Ahead of BC Election

Pricetags: Annals of Cycling

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Lead a Cycle Tour this Summer!

Interested in leading a bike tour with your cycling buddies? Is there a tour you are longing to take, but would like others to share the experience with you? Here is your chance!

The BC Cycling Coalition is interested in coordinating and publicizing BC based tours led by coalition members for other members. This new initiative will enable local groups to connect with cyclists from other parts of the province, enhancing the experience for all, while providing the opportunity for a variety of people to experience other parts of the province. Whether you are planning a self supported expedition, a short hotel based loop or a hub & spoke event, BCCC can help with publicity and participation. Please contact us if you have cycling experience to share. As it is a new program, a variety of experiences is preferred.

For more information, contact Rob Bernhardt via email at [email protected] or call 250-704-2774.

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We are very pleased to be able to announce the launch of our new webpage! Getting to this point has taken longer than we might have liked, with the first concrete steps taken more than a year and a half ago, but we have finally arrived! I am very proud to be able to unveil phase 1 of our webpage, and am looking forward to being able to roll out more features and content over the next few months.

Special thanks to all of the board members who have contributed their time to get us to this point. Also, thank you to all the photographers who have sent us photos over the last few days.

If you still have photos of you and your family cycling in BC please feel free to email them to [email protected]

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