Richard Campbell

I’ve had the pleasure of working with many of you to improve cycling around Vancouver and BC through HUB, BEST, Canada Bikes and the BCCC. Working with political leaders and staff in all levels of government, we have had many successes. From wider sidewalks on the Lions Gate Bridge and the Ironworks Bridge, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Path on the Canada Line Bridge, to the Central Valley Greenway. All told, these improvements total around $70 million.

While there are many reasons why I work to move cycling forward, what I find most rewarding is seeing more and more people cycling. Especially families with children.

Still, there is much to do. BC is a large province with great potential.

We need cycle tracks along main streets so people can safely and comfortably cycle to shops, cafes, restaurants, offices and other businesses.

We need safe connections between communities for locals and tourists. At least wide shoulders free of debris and preferable paths separated from high speed traffic.

We need to improve the Motor Vehicle Act or even better, replace it with a modern road users act that makes the safety of people cycling and walking the priority. Key changes include removing the requirement to ride single file allowing you to legally ride beside friends and families and a safe passing distance law.

We need improved standards for paths and roads ensuring that obstacles are not placed on or near bicycle paths, that fencing and railings do not cause crashes or serious injuries and that shoulders are wide, well maintained and kept clear of hazards. 

We need need to build stronger more organized cycling community across the Province to encourage leaders to make commitments to improve cycling and to provide the grassroots support they need when they show leadership in moving cycling.

We need your support to make this all happen. As the BCCC not a charity, we can’t issue tax receipts. However, that means we are not limited in the amount of money that we can and will devote for advocacy.

I look forward to continue working with you to make this beautiful province a great place for people of all ages to enjoy cycling.

Thank you for your great work and support.


  • responded to Protected Bike Lanes Make Communities Safer for Everyone with submitted 2019-07-26 20:30:21 -0700

    Protected Bike Lanes Make Communities Safer for Everyone

    A study has found that networks of protected bike lanes make cities safer for everyone including those driving and walking. Based on the experience of existing protected bike lanes, they predict that a complete network of protected bike lanes would decrease traffic fatalities by 44% and fatal/severe injury by 50%.

    The study by Wes Marshall from the University of Colorado Denver and Nick Ferenchak from the University of New Mexico, found that it was the protected bike lanes that resulted in the improvements, not higher cycling rates or safety in numbers. This is likely due to safer street design, and lower motor vehicle speeds

    This strongly increases the business case for massive investment in protected bike lanes. This investment, in addition to GHG emissions reductions, could significantly reduce ICBC costs that total around $4.6 billion per year. This would result in lower insurance rates so those that drive should be supporting investing in protected bike lanes if they want lower insurance rates.

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  • What Actions Should the Government Take to Promote Cycling, Walking & Rolling?

    As part of their Active Transportation Strategy consultation, BC Government is asking what the most important action is they could take to promote walking and cycling in your community and region. Please let them know here.

    Let the Government Know What Action to Take

    A good idea to mention improvements to provincial roads, highways and bridges needed in your community to make cycling, walking and rolling safer and more convenient for people of all ages.

    You can also send an email to [email protected]

    Support our work to make cycling safer. Please donate.

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  • responded to Province Starts Consultation on Active Transportation with submitted 2019-03-07 21:10:42 -0800

    Province Starts Consultation on Active Transportation

    The Province has started consultation on active transportation! This is a great opportunity to make cycling safer and more comfortable for everyone in BC. Input will be excepted until April 15. 

    The development of an active transportation strategy with significant investment in and policy support for cycling, walking and rolling has be the major objective of the BC Cycling Coalition over the last few years. Our reps have already participated in the two stakeholder forums in Vancouver and Surrey and a facilities design guidelines meeting. 

    Minister Trevena states:

    By investing in strong, sustainable communities I believe we can build a better B.C. for ourselves, our kids and our grandchildren.

    As part of CleanBC, we want to work in partnership with communities to improve active transportation infrastructure that connects the places where people live, work, learn and play. Transforming how we get around not only helps to reduce pollution, it can lead to healthier outcomes for people and make our communities cleaner and more livable.

    Through this site, British Columbians are encouraged to bring their ideas about the ways governments can work together to build new active transportation infrastructure or better support existing network connections. Your input is valuable so please join the conversation!

    Working together, we can make communities more livable with investments in cleaner transportation options that are convenient and affordable.

    On the investment side, we are encouraged that the CleanBC plan states: 

    Among global leaders in active transportation, annual per-person investments are growing. The Netherlands spends $48 per person per year on active transportation programs; Denmark invests $34 per person, and New Zealand recently announced an investment of $24 per person on infrastructure, education, promotion and safety. Lessons learned in these leading jurisdictions
    will help to inform the new B.C. strategy.
     

    Take Action

    Questions will be posted on the active transportation website every two weeks.

    The first question is: 

    What does active transportation mean to you and how does it fit into your life? Please respond here.

    Input and submissions can also be emailed to [email protected]

    Support our work to make cycling safer. Please donate.

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  • Eliminating the PST on Electric Bicycles - Minister James - Letter - January 2019

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  • published Donate Safer Cycling in Take Action 2018-12-28 16:53:10 -0800

    Help Make Cycling Safer

    $4,975.00 raised
    GOAL: $10,000.00

    Do you feel that cycling should be safer in BC?

    We believe everyone should have the right to feel safe on the road, and for families to enjoy precious time together, enjoying fresh air and exercise. 

    We want the province to improve conditions for cyclists in B.C. by investing in expanded bike networks, improving safety education for drivers and cyclists, and update the Motor Vehicle Act.  We are pressuring the government to adopt a safer passing law to help ensure that drivers pass people cycling by at least 1.5m.

    We have made progress

    Thanks to the generous donations from folks like you, we have helped convince the B.C. Government to develop an Active Transportation Strategy in 2019 to make cycling safer and more attractive. They state that lessons learned from Netherlands and Denmark will help inform the new B.C. Strategy. They say they are making sure that major projects such as bridges are designed to make walking and cycling use as safe and convenient as possible.

    In September, the Union of BC Municipalities passed a resolution urging the Province to update the Motor Vehicle Act to improve the safety of all road users. In November, the Finance Committee recommended that the B.C. Government eliminate the PST on electric bikes

    Still, there is much work to be done. We need your help. To dramatically increase investment in bike networks and to change legislation takes persistence and resources. That’s why we ask for your donation, especially now when whatever you donate could be doubled!  

    To support our work toward improving conditions for cycling, the BC Cycling Coalition has a target of raising $10,000 during this holiday season. That’s why we ask for your donation, especially now when donations of $100 or more will be matched by anonymous donors up to $2000. But this offer ends in the first week of the new year.

    It is fair that people of all ages and abilities should be able to cycle safely, conveniently and enjoyably in any community in BC.   Does every family in BC feel safe going for a ride with the kids? This is our vision. This the way it should be.

    Help us get there. Please donate and help us get matching funds.

    Thank you, and we wish you a safe and happy New Year! 

    Richard Campbell, Executive Director, BC Cycling Coalition

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  • responded to BC to Establish Active Transportation Strategy in 2019! with submitted 2018-12-15 20:13:48 -0800

    BC to Establish Active Transportation Strategy in 2019!

    Good news! The BC government has stated it will establish an active transportation strategy in 2019 as part of it's CleanBC plan. This has been one of the BC Cycling Coalition's top goals. We are really excited to see it move forward. Thanks to all of you who sent letters, signed the Cycling and Walking for Everyone petition and donated to our campaigns. Your actions really make a difference!

    We are also excited that Minister Trevena met with us the day after the CleanBC plan was announced. It is great to have a Minister of Transportation committed to developing an active transportation strategy. 

    From the CleanBC plan, page 25:

    It’s not an option for everyone, but driving less can help reduce costs, stress and the risk of accidents,
    not to mention cutting back on greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. In 2019, the Province will establish an active transportation strategy with measures to support new infrastructure, education and incentive programs, and safety improvements for people walking, cycling and using other kinds of active transportation.
    As we expand our transportation infrastructure, we’re making sure that major projects like new bridges and interchanges are designed to make walking, cycling and transit use as safe and convenient as possible.
    They mention investment levels from some of the world leaders, so, hopefully, we will soon see similar levels in BC so everyone can bike and walk for their daily trips. From page 26:

    We currently spend about $1.50 a year per person on active transportation, including things like bike lanes, walking paths and well-planned connections to transit. 

    Among global leaders in active transportation, annual per-person investments are growing. The Netherlands spends $48 per person per year on active transportation programs; Denmark invests $34 per person, and New Zealand recently announced an investment of $24 per person on infrastructure, education, promotion and safety. Lessons learned in these leading jurisdictions will help to inform the new B.C. strategy.

    While this is definitely great progress, still lots of work to be done to ensure that the B.C. Government develops a great active transportation strategy and invests enough to ensure everyone can ride a bike for their daily trips.

    Please Donate to our Cycling for Everyone campaign. 

    We will keep you up to date on the consultations for the active transportation strategy. For breaking news, please Like Us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter

      

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  • responded to Exempt e-bikes from the PST - Finance Committee with submitted 2018-11-20 12:28:49 -0800

    Exempt e-bikes from the PST - Finance Committee

    Good news! The recommendations of BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services include exempting e-bikes from the PST. This was among the recommendations the BC Cycling Coalition presented to the Committee in September.

    Specifically, the recommendation on page 23 of the report states:

    29. Exempt e-bikes (electric-assist bicycles) from the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) to encourage British Columbians to pursue active forms of transportation. 

    Of note, this was the only recommendation the Committee made regarding the PST. The report has been sent to the Legislature who will likely approve the new budget in the Spring.

    Currently in B.C. bicycles and transportation fares are exempt from PST charges, and clean energy vehicles (cars) are eligible for rebates up to $5,000. Purchases of new electric bicycles, and their electric parts, are charged PST, and are not eligible for rebates. Something doesn’t seem right here, does it?

    For small business owners however, this detail feels rather significant. "It's really quite a hassle." Says Paul Dragan of Reckless Bikes. "When repairing an electric bike, we have to charge PST on the electric parts like the battery and motor while there is no PST on the bike parts like wheels and brakes.". Creating two separate lines, and a once unnecessary step to small business’s financial records, is cumbersome and aggravating.

    Electric bicycles remove accessibility barriers by allowing riders to conquer hills, speeds, and distances that would otherwise be impossible for some people. These machines, that emit zero carbon, make active transportation a viable option for a broader population, opening it up to all ages and abilities, especially in combination with safe cycling infrastructure.

    More here.

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  • responded to Finance Committee Recommends Eliminating the PST on Electric Bikes with submitted 2018-11-20 12:17:07 -0800

    Finance Committee Recommends Eliminating the PST on Electric Bikes

    Following our submission in October, the recommendations of BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services included eliminating PST on electric assist bicycles.

    While this is definitely good progress, it is only a recommendation to the B.C. Government.

    Please help make sure they eliminate the PST from electric bikes:

    Write the Premier and Ministers

    Currently in B.C. bicycles and transportation fares are exempt from PST charges, and clean energy vehicles are eligible for rebates up to $5,000. Purchases of new electric bicycles, and their electric parts, are charged PST, and are not eligible for rebates. In addition to this not being very fair or equitable, the PST on electric bikes is also a real hassle for bike shops when they are repaited as PST is charged on the electrical parts but not the other parts of a bike.

    The recommendation is on page 78 of the Report on the Budget 2019 Consultation:

    95. Encourage the use of electric, cargo and adaptive bicycles by eliminating the PST on electric assist bicycles.

    The report includes some of our input on electric bikes on page 73:

    The British Columbian Cycling Coalition further identified opportunities to extend cycling as a transportation
    option for more people with the use of electric, cargo and adaptive bicycles. Electric bicycles can increase the
    number and length of cycling trips, and enable people with physical challenges to cycle for transportation.
    Cargo bicycles, on the other hand, help people to carry children or larger loads on their bicycles, and can be
    used by businesses for deliveries. They recommended exempting these bicycles from the PST to encourage
    their adoption and use.

    By enabling more people to cycle further for more trips, electric bikes can also help B.C. meet its climate goals.

    More information

    B.C. Budget Submission - Cycling and Walking are Affordable Mass Transportation |BC Cycling Coalition

    Electric Bicycles - Affordable Healthy Clean Transportation | BC Cycling Coalition

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  • published Our People in About Us 2018-11-11 19:11:37 -0800

    Our People

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  • responded to Speed limit hikes led to vastly more fatalities, injuries, crashes with submitted 2018-10-10 21:27:46 -0700

    Speed limit hikes led to vastly more fatalities, injuries, crashes

    Sadly, the speed limit increases on some rural highways in 2014 lead to an significant increase in fatalities, injuries, crashes according to a new study.

    Email the Minister for Lower Speed Limits

    From the Vancouver Sun:

    “Our evaluation found increases in fatalities, injury, and total crashes on the road segments where speed limits were increased,” according to the report, published in a journal called Sustainability. The study was led by Vancouver General Hospital emergency room physician Dr. Jeff Brubacher, and co-authors included road safety engineers at the UBC Okanagan campus.

    “There was a marked deterioration in road safety on the affected roads. The number of fatal crashes more than doubled (118 per cent increase) on roads with higher speed limits.”

    “All of the pro-speed arguments, like the one that people were already driving over the speed limit, have been disproven in this research. The pro-speed advocates who’ve lobbied for speed limit increases have based their view on crappy data at the time. The mistake should be admitted and speed rolled back because, from a safety point of view, it was the wrong decision,” he said.

    Report co-author Gord Lovegrove, a transportation engineering expert and associate professor at UBC Okanagan, said the government should have acted sooner, given that his research team shared data with the government before study publication.

    These speed limit increases have also made cycling less safe and comfortable on roads which are often the only connections between communities. In addition to lower speed limits, we also recommend the following.

    Adequate cycling facilities can be provided through a variety of means, including:

    • Physically separated bike lanes, preferably directional and properly integrated into intersection design;
    • High quality bike paths within highway rights-of-way, with safe and efficient crossings of intersecting roads;
    • A high quality bike path outside of a highway right-of-way could be an option if it involved no substantive increase in distance or grade.

    Sufficient shoulder width should account for the following factors:

    • Speed of traffic on the adjacent roadway;
    • The volume of buses, large trucks and RV’s, bearing in mind wind turbulence and off-tracking on corners;
    • The presence of significant cross-winds and grades (cyclists need more space for weaving when climbing or negotiating cross-winds and avoiding obstacles when descending);
    • The presence and condition of rumble strips, drainage grates and road-side barriers, all of which can reduce useable space and collect debris;
    • How frequently debris accumulates and how quickly it is cleared.

    More information here.

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  • responded to $669 Million Surplus for BC, Time for Massive Investment in Cycling with submitted 2018-09-27 17:05:07 -0700

    $669 Million Surplus for BC, Time for Massive Investment in Cycling

    The latest BC budget update forecasts a surplus of $669 million. A significant surplus should be used to help address the cycling and walking deficit we estimate to be at least $2 billion and perhaps as high as $10 billion.

    For example:

    • The Capital Regional District’s Pedestrian & Cycling Master Plan estimated the cost of upgrading the bike network to attract people of all ages and abilities is around $275 million.

    • In order to meet its target of 10%, TransLink has estimated that completing all-ages cycling networks around the Metro Vancouver region will cost at least $850 million.

    • Kelowna’s cycling and walking Plan is estimated to cost $267 million.

    The government really should not be claiming a budget surplus while seriously underinvesting in safe cycling and walking networks.

    While progress has been made in some BC communities, the vast majority of people still don't have access to safe protected bike lanes and paths separated from traffic. As a result, many people don't have the healthy affordable transportation choices they need resulting congestion, pollution, high GHG emissions and traffic injuries and fatalities. Communities with higher levels of cycling and walking have significantly lower traffic fatality rates.

    The New Zealand government is investing $390 million ($339 million CAN) in cycling and walking over 3 years, a $96 million increase over the previous three years. New Zealand's population is almost the same as BC's.

    Take Action 

    Encourage the BC Government to follow New Zealand's lead and invest at least $100 million per year in cycling and walking. Let them know what improvements you want in your community.

    1. Make a Budget Submission

    Make either a personal submission or one on behalf of an organization or business you represent. The deadline is Oct. 15 at 5pm

    2. Donate to our Cycling for Everyone Campaign

    3. Email the Premier

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  • Motor Vehicle Act Improvements, Active Transportation Strategy & Investment

    Hi {{recipient.first_name_or_friend}}

    Thanks to all of you who have sent emails, taken surveys and provided feedback to the BC Government in support of making cycling safe and convenient for everyone.

    On the Clean Transportation discussion page, in the 423 responses, bike, bicycle and cycling were mentioned 370 times and 3 of the 4 top rated comments featured cycling including the top 2. Great work! I expect that will really get their attention. 

    Please help us with our efforts to make cycling safer by contributing $5$10$15, or $20 per month or making a one-time donation to our efforts to make cycling safer. Thanks to you who have already contributed. Much appreciated!

    Support the Active Transportation Strategy & Investment Resolution

    Some good news! Resolution B15: Active Transportation Strategy will be voted on at the Union of BC Municipalities conference in mid-September.

    Please write your mayor and council encouraging them to support this resolution. Let them know how a provincial active transportation strategy and increased investment in cycling and walking would help your family, friends and community.

    Send the email in support of Resolution B15 here: https://www.bccc.bc.ca/active_transportation_strategy

    Email Your Mayor & Council in Support of Motor Vehicle Act Improvements

    Some more good news! Resolution B102: Updating the BC Motor Vehicle Act to Improve Safety for All Road Users will be voted on at the Union of BC Municipalities  conference in mid-September. 
    Our proposed improvements include a safer passing law, allowing riding two-abreast, allowing 30 km/h speed zones, a default 30 km/h limit on local streets, legal definitions of bike lanes to enable enforcement, officially allowing bike signals and removing the as far right as practicable cause. 
    Please write your mayor and council encouraging them to support Resolution B102 at: https://www.bccc.bc.ca/mva_municipal_email

     

      Donate for Safer Cycling NOW!  

    Building a Stronger Movement for Safer Cycling

    The BC Cycling Coalition and our member organizations represent over 58,000 supporters in communities across the Province.

    There is strength in numbers. If you represent an organization involved in cycling, help us create a stronger cycling movement by becoming a member organization.

    Our Supporters

    Thank you to all our member businesses including Cowlines Mobility,  Pedego Electric BikesMotorino Electric Cycles, and Like2Have.it, for supporting our work to make cycling safer!

    More info on becoming a supporter here.

     

    Please share this email with your friends. You can also share and view it online here.

    Best Regards

    Richard 

     

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  • published Active Transportation Strategy in Take Action 2018-09-05 12:44:56 -0700

    Support the Active Transportation Strategy & Investment UBCM Resolution

    Some good news! Resolution B15: Active Transportation Strategy passed at the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) conference. Thanks to all the mayors and councillors who voted for it, the District of North Vancouver for moving this resolution forward; BCAHL and Heart and Stroke for building municipal support; and to Courtenay, the Sunshine Coast Regional District and Vernon for similar resolutions.

    2018 UBCM Resolutions Book, page 108:  

    Whereas to respond to the complex and evolving needs of British Columbians and diversify the economy, local government across BC have developed forward-thinking: transportation plans, the development of community centres, age-friendly community plans, and Integrated Community Sustainability Plans. And whereas a provincial active transportation strategy - fully supported by dedicated staff and increased investments in provincial funding for municipal/regional active transportation projects - would accelerate implementation of existing community plans, and enhance the liveability and competitiveness of BC communities:

    Therefore be it resolved that UBCM urge the Province of British Columbia to establish a provincial active transportation strategy, with dedicated staff and increased investments in local active transportation.

    Please write your mayor and council thanking them for support this resolution, a provincial active transportation strategy and increased investment in cycling and walking.

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  • responded to New Zealand Investing $390 Million Over 3 Years in Cycling & Walking with submitted 2018-08-23 17:17:04 -0700

    New Zealand Investing $390 Million Over 3 Years in Cycling & Walking

    The New Zealand government is investing $390 million ($339 million CAN) in cycling and walking over 3 years, a $96 million increase over the previous three years. A key component is the $67 million Skypath project over the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

    From RNZ News:

    Acting Associate Transport Minister James Shaw said the $390 million National Land Transport Fund package would be the largest investment ever in walking and cycling infrastructure for New Zealand.

    "More and more Kiwis want the freedom to cycle safely around their towns and cities, and this investment in safe cycle infrastructure is needed to making that possible," said Mr Shaw.

    Patrick Morgan, from Cycling Action Network, said the funding was good news for those who ride bikes, and those who didn't.

    "With more and more people discovering the joy and convenience of riding a bike, it's no surprise the government wants to invest.

    "But this is not just about getting on your bike. We're all better off with less congestion, lower transport bills, cleaner air and better health," Mr Morgan said.

    New Zealand's population is almost the same as British Columbia's. With an active transportation deficit of over $2 billion in B.C. communities, it is time the B.C. Government step up and invest a similar amount in biking and walking networks. 

     

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  • Kids on Wheels Instructors & Engagement Assistants - Vancouver

    The BC Cycling Coalition is excited to offer four positions this summer assisting with our Kids on Wheels program!

    We are looking for instructors and engagement assistants for our exciting balance bike program this summer! In this program, through the use of balance bikes (pedal-less bikes) and classroom activities, such as books, bike toys, songs and discussions, children are exposed to active lifestyles at the earliest possible age.

    We are also looking for people who will help us with events planning of our Kids on Wheels Zones and in general help move the program forward, write reports and seek funding opportunities.

    Read more

  • responded to Greenways Can Really Reduce GHG Emissions with submitted 2018-07-11 20:28:46 -0700

    Greenways Can Really Reduce GHG Emissions

    Car and bus use by people living within 300m of the Comox Greenway has decreased significantly according to a UBC study. The resulting 21% reduction in GHG emissions really helps make the case for investing in cycling and walking improvements as part of the new BC Climate Plan.

    This research by Victor Douglas Ngo, which was  part of a larger study Larry Frank, found:

    University of British Columbia (UBC) researchers surveyed people living near Vancouver’s Comox-Helmcken Greenway the year before and after its completion in 2013. About half of the 585 participants lived within 300 meters of the greenway, and the rest were within a 500-meter radius. Results showed that the closer group (300 meters) reduced their daily car or bus travel distance by 18 per cent after the greenway was built.

    “These participants logged 2.8 kilometers of car or bus travel per day, compared to 3.4 kilometers the year before,” said Victor Douglas Ngo, the study’s first author and a researcher at the health and community design lab at UBC. “Less commuting also meant they generated 21 per cent less travel-related emissions, producing 520 grams of emissions a day, from 660 grams the previous year.”

    The group that lived more than 300 meters away did not show the same reductions in car or bus travel. Their motorized travel actually increased by 37 per cent to an average of 2.6 kilometers per day per person, from 1.9 kilometers previously. In addition, their average individual carbon emissions grew to 510 grams per day, from 330 grams previously.

    This research along with the increases in cycling to work in BC communities further helps build the case for significantly increased investment in biking and walking as part of BC's new climate plan.

    Please the Premier know that you want cycling to be a big part of the plans to address climate change. Let them know what greatly improved cycling would mean for your family and community. 

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  • published Ride Hailing in Take Action 2018-05-03 16:39:52 -0700

    Make Ride Hailing Safe for Cyclists

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    Tired of taxis, delivery trucks and other vehicles blocking bike lanes? Well, without road improvements, the right regulations and enforcement, the introduction of ride-hailing (Uber, Lyft, etc.) could make it worse.

    However, with smart planning, policies, taxes and regulations, the introduction of ride-hailing provides BC the unique opportunity to transform communities, making roads safer and more attractive to people cycling while more effectively accommodating transit, taxis, goods delivery and automated vehicles.

    Please let the Minister know you want ride-hailing made safe for people who cycling!

    Initial financing from the ride-hailing industry and an on-going tax on ride-hailing should fund the implementation, operation and enforcement of:

    • Pick up/drop off zones;
    • Protected bike lanes;

    Other measures, that will ensure that ride-hailing reduces congestion and is safe and environmentally beneficial, include:

    • Mandate or incentivize the use of small, lighter vehicles that are less likely to seriously injure people walking and cycling. Full size SUVs and pickups are 3 times more likely to severely injure people walking than smaller vehicles. Smaller vehicles are also more fuel efficient and require less space on the road and in loading zones
    • Ensure that pedicabs, tandem bicycles & electric Low Speed Vehicles (LSV) can be used for ride-hailing
    • Mandate pedestrian and cycling collision avoidance systems
    • Enforce zero tolerance for distracted driving and stopping in bus and bike lanes
    • Enact a safer passing law, increased penalties for dooring, blanket speed limits under 50km/h and other Motor Vehicle Act updates
    • Fine the ride-hailing companies for driver infractions to incentivize them to find solutions to prevent infractions.
    • Establish distance-based insurance & mobility pricing for ride-hailing

    More info

    Making Roads Right for Ride-hailing | BC Cycling Coalition

    Ride-hailing letter to Minister Trevena | BC Cycling Coalition

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  • responded to Investing in Cycling & Walking a Great Way to Improve Road Safety with submitted 2018-04-26 19:38:22 -0700

    Investing in Cycling & Walking a Great Way to Improve Road Safety

    Due to increased crashes, BC is facing a road safety crisis. So far, the Government has not committed to dramatically improving cycling and walking choices, which can be very effective in improving road safety, reducing injures, fatalities and ICBC's costs.

    Please email the Premier

    The BC Road Safety Strategy 2015 states:

    These smart modes of transportation include walking, cycling and public transport. By reducing private car use, these other travel modes reduce the motor vehicle crash rate, encourage healthy physical activity, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our carbon footprint.

    The BC Government has taken a few good steps to improve road safety including committing to using red light cameras for speed enforcement but clearly that is not enough.

    From A New Traffic Safety Paradigm by Todd Litman, page 14:

    Total (all mode) per capita traffic fatality rates tend to decline as active transport mode shares increase in U.S. urban regions, as illustrated below. Cities with active mode shares over 10% average about half the traffic fatality rates as those with active mode shares under 5%. 

    Relatively modest investments can increase active mode travel and safety. For example, the U.S. Federal Highway Administration’s Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program invested about $100 per capita in pedestrian and cycling improvements in four typical U.S. communities, which caused walking trips to increase 23% and cycling trips to increase 48%, mostly for utilitarian purposes (FHWA 2014). Despite this increase in their exposure, pedestrian fatalities declined 20% and bicycle fatalities 29%, causing per-mile fatality rates to decline 36% for pedestrians and 52% for bicyclists.

    For BC, we are recommending $100 million per year be invested by the BC Government in bike paths, sidewalks and other active transportation improvements. With matching funds from municipalities, the Federal Government and TransLink, this should increase cycling mode share to over 10% and walking to around 10%. Based on the results from the states, this could cut traffic fatalities in half in communities around BC.

    Source, and More Info

    A New Traffic Safety Paradigm | Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute

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