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.


  • Municipal Leaders Support Automated Speed Enforcement by Schools, Parks & Playgrounds

    Municipal leaders called on the BC government to allow them to use speed cameras on local roads at the 2017 UBCM conference. Automated speed enforcement has proven to be effective around the world at lowering crashes, injuries and fatalities. According to the ICBC Review, just enabling speed enforcement on red light cameras in BC could reduce the severity of crashes by 11% to 45%.

    From UBCM 2017 Resolutions Book, page 165:

    Whereas local governments must address traffic safety challenges to ensure the well-being of our residents while balancing limited financial and RCMP resources.

    And whereas traffic speed enforcement in residential areas, playground and school zones is labour intensive and the ability to use photo radar as an enforcement tool has proven to be effective and efficient in the management of speed:

    Therefore be it resolved that UBCM call on the provincial government to amend provincial legislation to permit local governments to independently implement photo radar on local roads at the local government’s expense. 

    From the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention

    Speed cameras can reduce crashes substantially. [Decina, Thomas, et al., 2007] reviewed 13 safety impact studies of automated speed enforcement internationally, including one study from a United States jurisdiction. The best-controlled studies suggest injury crash reductions are likely to be in the range of 20 to 25 percent at conspicuous, fixed camera sites.

    We are concerned that mobile enforcement vans could be parking in bike lanes, shoulders or otherwise block cycling facilities. Fixed cameras may prove to be a better option both at improving safety and increasing the likelihood that drovers will know the cameras are their and thus lowering their speed to avoid tickets. 

    It is time that the BC government make our roads safer for people cycling, walking and driving. Please write the Premier.

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  • Building Biking and Walking Infrastructure Creates More Jobs than Roads

    Building bike paths, greenways and sidewalks creates more construction jobs than road projects.

    In one study (page 42) requested by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AATHO), transportation enhancement projects including greenways, sidewalks and bicycle facilities created 17 jobs per million dollars invested. Therefore, investing $1 billion in cycling, walking and greenways could around 17,000 jobs in communities around BC.

    The Pedestrian and Bicycle Infrastructure: A National Study of Employment Impacts by the University of Massachusetts Political Economic Research Institute found that:

    For each $1 million, the cycling projects in this study create a total of 11.4 jobs within the state where the project is located. Pedestrian-only projects create an average of about 10 jobs per $1 million and multi-use trails create nearly as many, at 9.6 jobs per $1 million. Infrastructure that combines road construction with pedestrian and bicycle facilities creates slightly fewer jobs for the same amount of spending, and road-only projects create the least, with a total of 7.8 jobs per $1 million.

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  • commented on Electric Bike Emailer 2019-02-14 01:24:37 -0800
    Removing the PST from electric bicycles will help more people use sustainable transportation and thus reduce GHG emissions.

    Electric Bike Emailer

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    Please join me in helping to electric bikes more affordable for people in BC. Send a email in support of removing the PST on and adding rebates for e-bikes.

    Let the leaders know how electric bicycles can help you, your family and friends get around more sustainably. It only takes a minute or two and will really help make a difference! 

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  • published Make Our Roads Safer for Everyone in Take Action 2017-07-23 13:29:01 -0700

    Make Our Roads Safer for Everyone

    The BC Road Safety Strategy has a lot of good recommendations that if implemented, would make our roads much safer for everyone cycling, walking and driving. Unfortunately, the vast majority of policy measures have not been implemented and infrastructure changes have not been made on the scale needed to make much of a difference.

    Take Action: Please Email the Premier and Ministers

    Not surprisingly, the result has been increased crashes and higher ICBC rates. It is time the BC Government got really serious about road safety.

    Transportation Choices

    One key measure that we strongly support is reducing driving by providing people with excellent cycling, walking and transit choices. Sadly, the government has been underinvesting in cycling, walking and transit for decades giving many no reasonable cycling, walking and transit options.

    Safer Speed Limits

    Slower speeds decrease the number and severity of crashes and are especially important to make our reads safer for people walking and cycling.

    • Reduced speed limits on highways
    • Giving communities the authority to set default speed limits below 50 km/h
    • Default 30 km/h on local roads

    Enforcement

    The ICBC review by Ernst & Young covered in a Vancouver Sun article supported the following measures:

    • Increasing the number of red light cameras at intersections and using them for automated speed enforcement
    • Automated speed cameras which international research has shown could cut fatal and serious collisions by more than a third
    • Really cracking down on distracted driving with increased penalties and greater enforcement
    • Doubling the number of roadside breath tests and significantly increasing penalties. 

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  • responded to People Who Bike To Work Live Longer, Have 45% Lower Risk Of Cancer with submitted 2017-04-20 11:00:28 -0700

    People Who Bike To Work Live Longer, Have 45% Lower Risk Of Cancer

    A new study from researchers at the University of Glasgow found that people who cycle to work live longer having a lower risk of death from any cause. They also state that population health may be increased by policies that encourage active transportation including the building of bike lanes.

    CNBC reports:

    The study, published on Thursday in the BMJ, found that compared to "a non-active commute", riding a bike to work was associated with a 45 percent lower risk of cancer and a 46 percent lower risk of heart disease.

    The article in StudyFinds states:

    The study examined how 264,000 people — averaging about 53 years old and pulled from a British database focusing on biological information — got to work each day. The participants indicated on a questionnaire their modes of transportation — be it by car, bike, public transportation, or foot. They were also polled on their level of physical activity.

    In a follow-up about five years after the study began, researchers then determined which participants had either died or were admitted to a hospital at some point during the study. They determined that the participants who commuted to work by bicycle had the lowest risk of death from any cause and lowest risk of cancer.

    Of course, the researchers caution that the results are strictly observational, and that cause-and-effect can’t be concluded from this study. “The findings, if causal, suggest population health may be improved by policies that increase active commuting, particularly cycling, such as the creation of cycle lanes, cycle hire or purchase schemes, and better provision for cycles on public transport,” the study notes.

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  • responded to Communities on the Move - Biking, Walking, Transit & Wheelchairs with submitted 2017-04-10 10:46:49 -0700

    Communities on the Move - Biking, Walking, Transit & Wheelchairs

    Creating Smart, Fair and Healthy Transportation Options For All BC Communities

    The BC Cycling Coalition is proud to be a part of the Communities on the Move Declaration, joining partners including BC Healthy Living Alliance, the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Lung Association.

    Show your support by sending a quick email to the leaders and candidates. We strongly encourage organizations and businesses to support improved cycling, walking and transit by endorsing the Declaration.

    Vision

    We envision that in 10 years, across BC – in communities small and large, it will be easy, safe and enjoyable to get around, whether by walking, biking, ride-sharing, by public transit or in a wheelchair. We want to see the provincial government making progressive investments that support active, connected and healthy communities.

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    • Healthy Communities: Safe biking and walking routes, good street design and regular transit should be available to all British Columbians so that it is easy to be active and healthy. These can also make it easier for people to be socially connected which is important for mental health.
    • Mobility for All: A range of transportation options should be available to all British Columbians – including those who live in smaller communities, and vulnerable groups such as children, older adults and those with disabilities or low incomes as well as non-drivers – so that everyone can have access to education, employment, shopping, healthcare, recreation, cultural events and social connections.
    • Clean Air and Environment: Public transit and active modes of transportation should be available to all British Columbians as these can reduce local air pollution and carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.
    • Economic Opportunities and Cost Savings: Active and public transportation facilities are smart investments as they can stimulate local business and tourism in communities of all sizes. These investments can also control rising healthcare costs because regular physical activity keeps people healthier and out of the healthcare system.
    • Consideration of Community Needs: All BC communities should have a range of convenient, affordable transportation options that are tailored to their context – whether urban or remote, dense or dispersed, small or suburban.
    • Safety for All Road Users: The design and rules of the road should ensure that all British Columbians can arrive at their destination safely.}}

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    • A Provincial Active Transportation Strategy
      • Invest $100M per year over the next 10 years to support the development of local cycling and walking infrastructure within a larger provincial network.2. Prioritize the completion of connected cycling and walking transportation networks.
      • Develop an Active Transportation unit within the Ministry of Transportation to provide professional planning and policy expertise at the provincial level.
      • Invest in Active School Travel Planning and standarized cycling education for healthy, active children.
    • Investment in transit
      • Invest in the full implementation of the BC Transit Strategic Plan 2030 and local governments’ ‘Transit Future Plans’ to grow transit service and meet local needs.1.
      • Ensure a fair share of capital funding and secure, predictable regional revenue tools for the full implementation of the TransLink Mayor’s Council 10-Year Vision.
      • Continue and expand the universal bus pass (UPASS) program to students and employees of post-secondary institutions.
      • Invest in public transportation systems that serve small, rural, remote and isolated communities such as the use of school buses and bus services that feed into regional centres.
    • Commitment to equity
      • Ensure transit accessibility for people on disability assistance by increasing the affordability of transit passes.
      • Improve handyDART service to meet demand and to expand accessibility to evenings, Sundays and holidays.
      • Ensure funding is allocated geographically and equitably across the province. Recognize infrastructure deficits for pedestrian, cycling and transit modes as well as limitations faced by rural, remote, geographically isolated and small communities as part of funding criteria.
    • Consideration of Regional Needs
      • Work with local governments to establish a Rural Transportation Strategy. Develop and invest in innovative community transportation systems, ride-sharing, tele-services and telecommuting options that can serve rural and remote British Columbians.
      • Develop and support implementation of Winter City Guidelines that give residents the opportunity to be active all year long. This should include operational measures such as snow-clearing for active transportation networks and improved winter road maintenance.
      • Support the Metro Vancouver Mayor’s Council to pursue alternative funding mechanisms.
    • Commitment to Safety
      • Support the BC Road Safety Strategy Vision Zero: work with partners to create safer streets and to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries on the roads of BC. Speed limits should be reduced and strictly enforced, including through the use of cameras and other proven safety measures.
      • Prioritize safety measures for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and those in wheelchairs and mobility devices.}}{{action?html=Yes. I want Healthy Transportation CHOICES!&anchor=#mailer}}
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  • published Save the Trans Canada Trail in BC in Rail Trails 2017-03-30 15:07:25 -0700

    Save the Trans Canada Trail in BC from Motorized Vehicles

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    trail_big_puddle.jpegLarge sections of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) Rail Trails in BC are being threatened by motorized use including ATVs, dual sport bikes, motorcycles, automobiles and 4x4s.

    The use of these Rail Trails by motorised vehicles is ruining the surface of the trails making it very difficult if not impossible to cycle, walk or use wheelchairs comfortably on them. The noise and pollution of gas-powered vehicles makes using these trails much less pleasant for other trail users and the speed of these vehicles pose a safety risk.

    These rail trails, which include the Kettle Valley Rail Trail and the Columbia and Western Rail Trail form a significant portion of the Trans Canada Trail in BC, linking rural and urban residents with health and fitness benefits, active transportation opportunities and have great low-carbon tourism and recreational potential.

    For the past 20 years, volunteers across BC have worked to obtain the Provincial and Federal dollars and public donations necessary to assemble the TCT in British Columbia as a recreational greenway for cyclists, walkers and equestrians across British Columbia. The rail corridors were reserved and funded with the expectation that they were for cycling, walking and equestrians.  Adjacent landowners supported rails to trails on this condition because motorised uses are often incompatible or disruptive to farming and ranching.

    Because rail trail gradients are ideal for cycling, they are also highly attractive to cycle tourists who want to travel long distances on a pathway without highway traffic.  When the cycling tourism potential of these trails is developed, they will offer a superior trail product that would provide good family-wage jobs through trail related services and products and improve the livability of adjacent trail communities.  The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association completed in 2015 a strategy plan supported by Destination BC describing how these rail trails could be developed into a tourism product.

    We need to have money invested in natural resource management and transportation to solve the impasse with motorized recreation users.  Communities along the rail trail corridor deserve to benefit from gains in health and fitness, active transportation, and cycle tourism initiatives, as has been done elsewhere in North America.  One of the suggested ways to move ahead is to consider designating the TCT a linear park or greenway officially so that cultural, historical and natural resources are protected to the full extent possible, such as under the BC Heritage Act.  

    The status quo is not acceptable making it necessary that something must be done.  People cycling are being routed off the rail trails due to their poor condition onto highways.  These rail trails are often the only safe options for travelling between communities for those who can’t or don’t want to drive. The only other options are roads with high speed traffic that often don’t even have shoulders.

    We recognize that in addition to recreation, ATVs and other gas powered vehicles are used as low cost transportation by some who can’t afford to drive or are unable to drive. With rural poverty being a challenge around BC, we will work with groups and individuals to help address these issues with solutions that do not involve the use of motorized vehicles on rail trails. While improving cycling and walking will help many, we realize that not everyone can or wants to cycle or walk longer distances. Possible measures to consider are:

    • Encourage the government to fund and build motorised trails that provide needed access without the use of rail trails
    • Allowing ATVs to use road shoulders
    • Allowing ATVs to use roads in a community

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  • Help Save BC's Rail Trails - Please Donate

    $720.00 raised
    GOAL: $10,000.00

    ATVs and dirt bikes are wrecking the surface of trails making them difficult or impossible to cycle or walk on. Your generous contribution will help us mobilize the support needed to help save the Trans Canada Trail & other rail trails in BC from motorized vehicles and encourage improvements to make them great for cycling and walking:

    • Outreach to organizations and businesses 
    • Letter writing campaigns to show the government that a lot of people support better trails for walking and cycling
    • Meeting with politicians and staff
    • Press releases and op-eds
    Donate

  • Most businesses on urban streets make their money from pedestrians and cyclists

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  • published Cycling and Walking Investment Poll in Polls 2018-04-04 19:08:50 -0700

    Cycling and Walking Investment Poll

    The BC government spends around $2 billion per year on transportation, primarily on highway expansion, road maintenance and transit. The BC Cycling Coalition estimates that it will cost around $2 billion to complete cycling networks and $2.5 billion to complete walking networks in communities across BC.

    The BC Cycling Coalition recommends that the BC Government invest $100 million per year over 10 years to help complete cycling and walking networks in communities across BC. This investment in protected bike lanes, paths, sidewalks and safer intersections would help people of all ages including children and seniors to safely cycle, walk and use wheelchairs.

     

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  • posted about Motor Vehicle Act on Facebook 2017-01-02 01:22:15 -0800
    The rules of the road need updating to make cycling safer and reduce conflicts. Support Motor Vehicle Act changes.

    Motor Vehicle Act

    The Motor Vehicle Act (MVA) contains the laws governing the use of the roads in B.C. The Bike Sense Manual highlights the sections of the MVA specific to cycling.

    The BC Cycling Coalition and our partner groups have completed a review of the MVA and submitted a list of proposed improvements reflecting the best practices of progressive jurisdictions to BC Government officials. As part of a comprehensive Cycling Strategy for British Columbia that includes accelerated investment in cycling networks, cyclist and driver education and improved maintenance of cycling infrastructure and roads, the BC Cycling Coalition has made recommendations to the Province to update this legislation.

    The purpose of the proposed improvements are to:

    • Provide greater clarity to all road users
    • Acknowledge the fundamental differences between bicycles and motor vehicles
    • Improve the safety of cyclists and other road users while improving the convenience and comfort of cycling
    • Reduce conflicts among cyclists, pedestrians and motorists
    • Provide better legal protection to cyclists and pedestrians in the event of collisions with motor vehicles
    • Enable police to further focus their enforcement efforts efficiently on infractions that are the most likely to result in collisions, injuries and fatalities
    • Conform with the practices taught in CAN-Bike, Streetwise and other bicycle safety courses.

    These proposed changes include:

    • Change of name of the act, as it applies to all modes, not just motor vehicles
    • Specify minimum passing distance of 1.5m
    • Legal definitions of bicycle lanes and separated cycling facilities
    • 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 streets 
    • Increasing the penalty for dooring from $81 to $368 plus 3 demerit points

    More information on the proposed changes here.

    If you are interested in getting involved, please volunteer

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  • Street Parking is Dangerous for Everyone

    On-street parking is dangerous for people cycling, walking and driving. It reduces sightlines making it harder for people walking, driving and cycling to see each other. People cycling can be hit by car doors and vehicles accessing the parking.

    Cruising and Crashing for Parking

    A study by Donald C. Shoup of the University of California found between 8% and 74% of downtown traffic in cities was cruising for parking. This cruising not only increases congestion and pollution but most likely also results in more collisions with people walking, cycling and driving.

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    European priorities for pedestrian safety,European Transport Safety Council  

    Invisibility Pedestrians can be difficult to see: They are small compared to a car, and can be hidden by one. At night the problem is more severe. A parked car is the most commonly cited source of obstruction.

    Parked cars are a traffic hazard for pedestrians, particularly children. Research has shown that prohibiting on-street parking improves safety. The number of accidents is reduced by about 25% in streets where on-street parking is prohibited.

    From European Commission, Directorate-General Transport and Energy, page 13

    Pedestrian crashes often occur when people are trying to cross the street on links outside pedestrian crossings or where no pedestrian crossings exist. One of the causes is the driver’s difficulty in perceiving pedestrians because of darkness and/or parked cars. In the United Kingdom, nearly 90% of the injuries to older pedestrians which are caused by motor vehicles happen under such conditions. In over 10% of cases, the driver cannot see pedestrians because of parked cars.

    Vehicle speeds were slower in the presence of occupied on-street parking bays compared to the other two environments; however, the speed reduction was insufficient to compensate for observed impairments in drivers’ hazard perception and slower response to the pedestrian in this condition. 

    Safety Considerations in the Use of On-Street Parking

    Depending on street grades and speeds, curb parking can create a hazardous sight obstruction if allowed on a major route within even a hundred meters of an egress point.

    The effect of curb parking on road capacity and traffic safety

    The breadth of curb parking should not be set within the range of the sight triangle at the upstream road segment of a pedestrian crosswalk.

    Cycling

    On-street parking is dangerous for people cycling due to dooring, conflicts with automobiles pulling in or out of parking and reduced visibility of vehicles at intersections and driveways. 

    It concluded that the greatest risk to cyclists is when they share major streets with parked cars, with no bike lanes present — such as on Broadway in Vancouver — and that without a designated space on the road, cyclists face a greater risk of injury from moving cars and car doors opening.

    In contrast, the study concluded, roads with infrastructure designed for cyclists — including bike lanes on major streets without parked cars, residential street bike routes, and off-street bike paths — carry about half the risk, while physically separated bike lanes carry about one-tenth the risk.

    Teschke noted that while accidents involving parked car doors — “doorings” — were on the greatest route risk for cyclists, such accidents are responsible for 10 per cent of all crashes involving cyclists.

    Dooring is Dangerous to Cyclists

    Almost all people cycling along busy arterial streets without protected bike lanes are riding in the “door zone”, too close to the parked cars to avoid being hit by a door. This is especially dangerous on downhill sections where cyclist and motor vehicle speeds are higher and breaking distances are longer. Doorings have proven tragic. In 2001, 40 year-old actor Keith Provost of Vancouver was killed riding his bicycle as a result a driver opening a car door in front of him. In 2015, Patricia Keenan of Kelowna, was killed by a door opening in front of her.

    Vehicles Accessing Parking are Dangerous to Cyclists

    In addition to dooring, vehicles accessing parking are also dangerous. The Toronto Bicycle/Motor-Vehicle Collision Study 2003 found that vehicles pulling into or out of on-street parking were responsible for 1.2% of all cycling collisions with motor vehicles.

    Motor Vehicle Conflicts

    From Safety Considerations in the Use of On-Street Parking:

    The overall picture of curb-parking accidents, as related in the literature, is grim. This type of collision generally represents about 20-25 percent of urban non-freeway accidents. A significant proportion of these produce injuries. Furthermore, a distinct probability exists that many accidents related to curb parking are not reported as such, because a parked vehicle was not actually contacted (even though it posed a sight restriction).

    Parking-related midblock accidents accounted for 49 percent of all accidents along major streets, 68 percent along collector streets, and 72 percent along local streets. Prohibition of parking resulted in the lowest accident rates measured. 

    • Vehicles leaving the parked position disrupt the traffic flow and, by increasing congestion, lead to rear- end and sideswipe collisions.
    • Vehicles entering the parked position frequently require automobiles approaching in the lane adjacent to the parking lane to slow or stop. Parking maneuvers are especially hazardous because they usually involve a backing-and-turning movement. Rear-end and side- swipe collisions can readily result from this maneuver,
    • Drivers or back-seat passengers getting out of parked vehicles on the street side present an added ob- stacle in the roadway. Not only are the door and the alighting passengers in danger of being struck, but passing traffic may have to swerve or stop suddenly. This causes both rear-end and sideswipe collisions.

    Curb parking has adverse influences on operation safety of dynamic traffic. Among them, motor vehicle safety is determined by the severity of traffic conflict caused by curb parking. (Cao, 2016)

    Dooring is Dangerous to Drivers

    As soon as someone steps out of their car door, they are a pedestrian and face increased danger due to on-street parking. As well, being forced to suddenly brake or swerve to avoid hitting a fallen cyclist is dangerous for motorists.

    Photo: Cycle Toronto


     Thanks to Real Estate Foundation of BC for their support of our Streets For Everyone work.

     


  • commented on All of Commercial For Everyone 2016-11-10 12:28:16 -0800
    It makes no sense to divert people on bikes that want to shop and visit businesses on the Drive over to Victoria. It is 600m back and forth. According to the City of Vancouver, already 11% of people access Commercial by bike and even the BIA’s survey has 7% arriving by bike. Plus, the City has identified Commercial as being one of the least safe streets in the city for cycling. Clearly improvements are needed.

    Streets For Everyone has engaged many in the community and found broad support for the bike lane. Plus it was included in the recommendations by the Citizens Assembly.

    The BIA petition and survey contains a lot of misinformation regarding the bike lane. For one, it is not a bicycle highway, it is a local route to access local businesses. And what the City mentioned in at the open houses, is reallocating a lane of traffic, that would have little impact on parking. It does no one, including the business any good to spread misinformation. Please write the BIA and encourage them to just stick to the facts.
  • Support Bike Lanes on The Drive - Please Donate

    Good news! The City of Vancouver is starting public consultation how to make Commercial Drive better for people of all ages cycling and using public transit.

    The BC Cycling Coalition has been working with the folks from Streets For Everyone over the last two years in their efforts to make the Drive a street that works for everyone. The core changes we are aiming for include widened sidewalks, better transit and transit shelters, protected bike lanes, better pedestrian crossings and more marked or signalized crosswalks, more street furniture, and more landscaping. More here.

    Unfortunately, in spite of evidence that bike lanes are good for business and support from several Drive businesses, the Commercial Drive BIA has come out against bike lanes. They even have a petition with 5,000 signatures opposing the bike lane.

    We need your help to continue to support Streets For Everyone by coordinating business outreach, petitioning and public engagement. Please contribute $5$10$15, or $20 per month or make a one-time donation.


  • posted about The Climate is Right for Cycling on Facebook 2017-04-08 22:32:46 -0700
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    The Climate is Right for Cycling

    Take Action: Please Email the Premier

    The climate is changing, populations are increasingly vulnerable, and the world is finally listening.

    We are seeing an incredible synergy across the world of people coming together for this cause. It’s time to alter how we live in hopes of keeping our climate from rising more than 2 degrees celsius. In BC, we need to join voices now to ask for what we need in order to make the changes that count.     

    The BC government recently released its Climate Leadership Plan which did not include any new cycling initiatives. While the Climate Leadership Team’s recommendations to the Government include the possibility of using Carbon Tax revenue to fund cycling and walking infrastructure, the Climate Leadership Plan is deferring any increase in the Carbon Tax to further discussions with the Federal Government.

    The Plan acknowledges there is much work still to be done and states:

    B.C. is committed to reaching our 2050 target to reduce GHG emissions to 80 per cent below 2007 levels. That means continuing to update our plan, which we will do over the course of the following year and every five years after that.

    The Climate Leadership Team acknowledged the importance in the short term of the creation of communities more conducive to transit, walking and biking so there is still the opportunity for the Province to commit to investing more in cycling over the coming year.

    We still need to work hard to convince the BC Government to enable everyone in Province to cycle and walk for their daily trips by investing $1 billion over ten years in cycling and walking. Please sign the petition and write the Premier.

    Cycling is Effective

    We know that “At approximately 37%, transportation is B.C.’s largest source of emissions.” (BC Gov). We also know that people in BC want to cycle more, and would do so if they had access to separated bike lanes.

    Replacing trips made in vehicles with bike trips is a lot more effective at reducing GHG emissions than replacing cars with alternative cars, and building car centric “Infrastructure [that] is located, designed and maintained to withstand extreme weather conditions.” (Discussion Paper, pg 15)

    If BC is serious about ‘reducing GHG emissions to two tonnes or less per capita (a 95% reduction from 1990) by 2050, cycling needs to be allocated the resources to grow immensely. Doing this will allow those that already want to start biking, or do it more often to join.  

    Facts:

    According to a new report published by the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy and the University of California, Davis, if we increase trips made on bike from 7% globally to 23% by 2050, we could save 300 megatons of CO2 emissions, and 24 trillion dollars. (Full Report)

    Cycling is Popular

    Cycling is popular with almost 70% of adults in BC riding a bicycle at least once a year. Many want to cycle more with almost 70%, 3 million people, indicating they would ride more if there were separated bike lanes that protected them from traffic. The CRD estimates that building out the cycling network would increase cycling to 15% of all trips while TransLink estimates network buildout in Metro Vancouver will increase cycling to 10% of trips.

    Based on these estimates by region, the cost of building cycling networks around the Province will be be approximately $2.3 billion. For less than the cost of a new highway bridge, we can have quality bike routes that millions of British Columbians will enjoy. However, based on current levels of investment, cycling networks will take 20, 30 or even 40 years to complete. Not nearly fast enough given the urgency to find climate change solutions.

    Where significant investments have been made, cycling has increased dramatically. Between 2008 and 2014, daily cycling trips by City of Vancouver residents over doubled increasing from 50,000 to 131,000. In Central Okanagan, daily cycling trips increased by 43% from 2007 to 15,400 in 2013.

    We are being heard:

    Since the start of the Billion for Bikes campaign, the BC Government has increased cycling funding by $2 million to $8 million per year. Much more is needed but that is a good start. The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services has also officially recommended investment in cycling. Read the details about the recommendation here.

    Take Action

    1. Sign the Petition

    Please sign and share the petition and donate to our Billions for Bikes Campaign. Don't be shy- Feel free to share and celebrate the news with fellow bikers at stop lights, or with your barista- social media is not the only way!

    2. Donate 

    Along with lending your voice, monetary support is immensely appreciated. The BC Cycling Coalition's ability to push for change is fueled by fundraising. A sincere thank you to those who have already donated. 

    3. Write the Premier and Your MLA

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

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  • posted about The Trail of the Okanagans on Facebook 2016-09-21 20:45:46 -0700
    This will be an awesome trail!

    The Trail of the Okanagans - Help Complete this Spectacular Cycling & Walking Trail

    One of the key natural features of the Okanagan Valley is a chain of lakes that are connected by the Okanagan River. Many small and medium-sized communities dot their shorelines. Vineyards and orchards welcome visitors and residents. It is a remarkably beautiful region.

    Over the last few years trail development for hikers and cyclists has progressed to a point where it becomes feasible to connect all communities of the Okanagan Valley including Osoyoos, Penticton, Kelowna, Lake Country and Vernon with a continuous 250km pathway. Over 70% will follow abandoned rail trails along beautiful lakeshores, valleys and rivers. Only a very small portion will follow Highway 97 on a separate bike lane or go through suburban areas on residential roads.

    The Okanagan Valley has established an international reputation as a cycling paradise. Unfortunately many cycling events are at the local level since there currently is no safe way of cycling from community to community. Several local governments and volunteer groups including The Trail of the OkanagansThe Okanagan Rail Trail InitiativeThe Gellatly Bay Trails and Parks Society and The Shuswap Trail Alliance have developed plans to address this situation. 

    The vision of a valley-wide cycling corridor includes the development of loops and spurs that provide access to communities, vineyards, beaches, parks, the Trans Canada Trail and the many single-track mountain bike areas. Various studies have shown that significant economic benefits can be realized by encouraging cycling-tourism. In addition a safe, affordable, green transportation option is required for commuters and students visiting UBC Okanagan and the various facilities of the Okanagan College.

    Though significant investments have already been made by local municipalities, regional districts and the Provincial Government, additional funding is required to build safe cycling lanes along sections of Highway 97, to acquire land leases from private owners and the Okanagan Nation bands, and to construct trails or to improve the surface of existing trails.

    These infrastructure investments are expected to yield significant returns by extending the short summer tourist season into the spring and fall shoulder seasons, which is required to make additional private investment for businesses including hotels, restaurants viable. 

    HELP MAKE IT HAPPEN

    The $1 billion for cycling and walking proposed by the BC Cycling Coalition would greatly speed the completion of Trail of the Okanagans and other cycling improvements in the Okanagan thus enabling residents and visitors to experience the economic, health and environmental benefits of cycling sooner. Please sign the petition and share it with your friends, family and co-workers.


  • published My Story in One Time Contribution 2016-08-28 23:38:51 -0700

    My Story

    Please help fundraise to help us in our efforts to enable everyone in BC to cycle safely for their daily trips! Let them know why cycling is important to you and your community as well as why they should support the BC Cycling Coalition.

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  • Invest in Safety for Bike Riders on Hwy 19A from Fanny Bay to Royston

    The Comox Valley is the land of outdoor activity. It is known for mountain biking but equally enjoyed by people on road bikes. One popular route is through the rural Comox Valley communities situated between Cook Creek Road and Royston Road, a 30 km stretch along Hwy 19A. With an investment in better cycling infrastructure, the Comox Valley could become a mid-Vancouver Island cycling destination.

    Even now, many people cycle this route: local cycling clubs, tourists and residents. It is rare not to spot a person on a bike here. This section of Hwy 19A offers the only transportation route by car, bike, transit or foot through the adjacent ocean front residential nodes and contains the access point to both Denman and Hornby Islands. It is also an important link for the bicycle circle route between Nanaimo, the Comox Valley, Powell River and the Sunshine Coast. The route offers a unique rural community experience for both locals and the growing number of people seeking adventure by bike.

    In my experience, the best side of Hwy 19A between Royston and Cook Creek Road is its diverse natural setting offering vistas of Baynes Sound, aromas of the sea, stretches of forest and occasional viewings of wildlife from both the forest and the sea. The friendly unique rural communities along the route provide sanctuaries of rest, food and hospitality. The overall terrain is comfortable, with undulating sections but nothing steep. It is a route ideal for cycle tourism and transportation by bike, or rather could be.

    The negative side is the road itself. It has areas of neglect and inadequate shoulder widths. The posted traffic speeds vary between 60-80 kmh. Generally it denies a bike rider a safe space. The shoulder is often too narrow, some spots as narrow as 9 inches wide; the cars too fast, many very large, and frequently not moving over nor slowing down enough for a cyclist to feel safe; the upkeep of the road shoulder is poor including overgrown greenery, gravel, and cracked and angled pavement, many of the bridge decks are shared with highway speed traffic with no refuge for the bike rider and interspersed during a bike ride is often parked vehicles that essentially force the cyclist off the shoulder into a travel lane meant for larger and faster moving traffic.

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    My personal story, that fueled safety concerns on this stretch of roadway, occurred in June 2016. I experienced what felt like a near miss on two consecutive days: one with a logging truck that forced me off the road, the other with a swerving driver that fortunately swerved away just in time to continue swerving somewhere else. I can only guess that person was impaired.

    My conclusion is this section of Hwy 19A does not consider public safety issues for people on bikes nor people on foot. The gold standard would be protected cycling and walking infrastructure, something, given my recent experiences, I am advocating for.

    Take Action

    I believe improved cycling infrastructure on Hwy 19A in the Comox Valley would make the road safer for people on bikes. A likely outcome would be more residents cycling for transportation, and a marked rise in cyclotourism. The return on investment beyond the potential for saving a person’s life is the role cycling plays in climate action solutions, health care cost reduction, tourism and rural community economic growth.

    Please email the Minister of Transportation and Highways, the Hon. Todd Stone to ask for investment for safer cycling infrastructure on Hwy 19A:

    [email protected]

    And cc:

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    I support the BC Cycling Coalition in urging the BC Government to increase investment in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure and programs. Please sign and share the petition.

    Thanks!

    Sue


  • posted about Inside Passage Bike Route on Facebook 2016-04-22 23:06:20 -0700
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    Inside Passage Bike Route - Vancouver Island

    DSCN0923-E2_resize-2.jpgThe Inside Passage Bike Route is a proposed cycling touring linking Comox, Courtenay, Qualicum Beach, Parksville, Ladysmith, Nanaimo, Chemainus, Duncan, Mill Bay and communities in-between. It will also connect with BC Ferries to Hornby Island, Denman Island,  Gabriola Island, Saltspring Island and Thetis Island. The Route is a project of the Comox Valley Cycling Coalition, the Oceanside Cycling Coalition and the Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition. The goal is to establish a continuous trail for cycling along the beautiful eastern shore of Vancouver Island. The upgraded cycling facilities will also enable locals to cycle more for their daily trips.

    Help make the Inside Passage Bike Route and other cycling improvements on the Island happen. Please sign the Billion for Cycling and Walking petition and share it with your friends, family and co-workers.

    The Vancouver Island cycling coalitions are working with other cycling groups and the BC Cycling Coalition to help create a designated bike-touring route linking the whole of the Island with the Sunshine Coast and the Lower Mainland.

    Economic Benefits

    DSCN1461_resize-300x225.jpgThe Inside Passage Bike Route will enable cycling tourists to safely and conveniently access hotels, stores, bakeries, pubs, restaurants, farms, wineries and tourist attractions thereby greatly enhancing their vacation experience and benefiting local businesses, the economy and increasing tax revenue for the Provincial and Federal Governments.

    Québec’s Route Verte, a province wide network of cycling routes, has proven to be very  effective in attracting tourists from around the world and nearby states and provinces.  In 2006 it is estimated that Route Verte users spent  134 million supporting over 2,800  jobs. This economic activity is estimated to generate more than $36 million in tax  revenue for the Provincial and Federal Governments.

    Progress

    The Inside Passage Bike Route project is at end of Stage 1 which involved the route selection and mapping. Each coalition partner has established the best route through their area, created a map and identified alternative routes and points of interest.

    Currently, in Stage 2, each partner organization is identifying sections that need infrastructure upgrades. Stage 3 is the development signage and wayfinding methods, including printed and digital maps. The end goal will be a continues signed recreational bike route all along the island with options for site excursions and alternative routes and point of interests.

    Help Make it Happen

    The $1 billion for cycling and walking proposed by the BC Cycling Coalition would greatly speed the completion of Inside Passage Bike Route and other cycling improvements on Vancouver Island thus enabling residents and visitors to experience the economic, health and environmental benefits of cycling sooner. Please sign the petition and share it with your friends, family and co-workers.


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