Peter Stary


British Columbia Cycling Coalition

A life-long cyclist, I have over 30 years experience in traffic management and transportation planning, most recently in relation to bicycle facilities. I believe that BC lags behind many other jurisdictions in its approach to cycling and that a comprehensive bicycle strategy is needed in order to fully realize the environmental, health and mobility benefits that the bicycle can deliver. Ultimately, our success as an organization should be measured by the quality and safety of the cycling experience in our province

  • Petition - Invest in Walking, Cycling & Transit not High Income Tax Cuts

    Imagine that within the next ten years, you, your family and friends can safely and comfortably cycle and walk to work, school, and shopping as well as for recreation and exercise. And when you would rather take transit, there is a bus or a train nearby arriving within a few short minutes.

    To help make this a reality, the Province could eliminate the planned tax cuts for those earning over $150,000 per year and instead invest in cycling, walking and transit in communities around B.C. While more funding will be needed, especially in Metro Vancouver, this will be a great step forward.

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    The higher tax bracket for people earning over $150,000 is set to expire at the end of 2015. This will result in a tax reduction worth around $225 million per year. Alberta just raised taxes on high income earners so it makes sense British Columbia not to cut similar taxes.

    Everyone, including those earning over $150,000, would benefit much more if the Province eliminated this tax cut and instead invested of this revenue in improved walking, cycling and transit in communities around the Province.

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    Everyone's time is valuable. For example, someone earning $150,000 per year is 93 hours spent or $6700 worth of their time per year stuck in congestion in Metro Vancouver.

    Everyone benefits from safer roads. By enabling more people to choose cycling, walking and transit, there will be fewer cars on the road and thus fewer crashes leading to fewer injuries and fatalities. 

    Everyone benefits from a strong economy. Transit, cycling and walking are affordable transportation. People cycling and walking are more productive at work. Cycling tourism has huge potential in B.C. For example, in Oregon, cycling tourism contributes $400 million per year to the economic. 

    Everyone benefits from healthier transportation. More people walking, cycling and transit reduces health care costs through increased physical fitness.


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    Petition - Invest in Walking, Cycling & Transit, Not High Income Tax Cuts

    Petition to Honourable the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, in Legislature Assembled.

    We the undersigned, draw your attention to the health, economic, environmental and social benefits of walking, cycling and transit.

    Your petitioners call upon the B.C. Legislature to extend the higher tax bracket for people earning over $150,000 beyond 2015 and invest the $225 million per year of revenue in improving walking, all ages & abilities cycling and transit in communities across British Columbia.

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  • commented on Upgrade Lougheed Hwy II 2014-10-14 22:55:14 -0700
    Don’t stop in S Coquitlam. Lougheed Hwy is an important cycling link between GVRD and the rest of the province. The following sections also need upgrading: Coquitlam Centre to (and around) Pitt River Bridge, through Maple Ridge, through Mission and between Deroche and Harrison Mills.

  • tagged David Kirsop's Rumble Strips with very high 2014-10-14 22:30:03 -0700

    Rumble Strips

    There are numerous locations throughout BC where the construction of rumble strips along with the placement of concrete barriers has reduce the useable shoulder surface to less than 600mm. This is unrideable and unsafe forcing riders into high speed traffic lanes. The MoTBC design standards specify that the paved shoulder should have a minimum width of 1.5m. Cyclists lives are being placed at risk to protect motorists who are essentially unattentive for any number of reasons. This is unacceptable as it is based on discrimination in that it implies that cyclists are less worthy of protection than careless drivers.

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