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.

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    We need your help for our grassroots efforts to spread information about the referendum and encourage the many people who support cycling, walking and transit to vote Yes.

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  • commented on Transportation Plan Letter 2017-07-08 02:34:18 -0700

    Transportation Plan Letter

    The Provincial Government is developing a new 10-year transportation plan, B.C. on the Move. Billions of dollars will be spent on this plan. Please write the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure to help ensure that cycling and walking get their fair share.

    We strongly encourage the Province to implement a comprehensive Active Transportation Strategy building upon the BC Road Safety Strategy which commits to a long term goal of zero fatalities.  Safe and comfortable access for people walking, cycling, riding transit or using wheelchairs should be an integral part of the plan and of all the roads and bridges in BC.

    Cycling facilities should be safe, convenient and comfortable for people of all ages and abilities including childrenand seniors. This includes bicycle paths and protected bike lanes that are designed to be safe for the higher speed cycling required for long distance commutingtraining and exercise.

    Our recommendations include a $100 million per year investment in cycling and walking by the Provincial Government; upgrading cycling and walking facilities on provincial roads and bridges; improved standards that prioritize all ages and abilities separated bike lanes; universally available cycling skills training for children with provincial funding support; improved cycling and driver educationimproved standards & more funding for maintenance and hazard removal; a comprehensive cycling tourism strategy; and legislation to improve the safety and legal protection of people walking and cycling.

    Relate your personal experiences regarding cycling issues and how investing in cycling facilities would help you, your family and community.

    Send feedback

  • responded to my wishlist 2014-12-05 12:02:18 -0800

    my wishlist

    - four way stop at Victoria @ 10th (Vancouver) [intersection can be confusing and difficult to cross due to busy traffic] - traffic light & cyclist-activated signal at Renfrew @ Adanac (Vancouver) [intersection is very difficult to cross when cycling westbound] - completion of the westbound bike lane on Pacific Blvd between Seymour and Burrard (Vancouver) - a shoulder on Lougheed Highway westbound between Oxford and Shaughnessy (Port Coquitlam) [most of Lougheed Hwy has a shoulder, but this section doesn't and is particularly dangerous] - Lougheed Hwy between Shaughnessy and Lansdowne could use a bike lane (Coquitlam/Port Coquitlam) - a bike lane on Prairie between Shaughnessy and Traboulay Poco Trail (Port Coquitlam) [Prairie is a good alternative to Lougheed Hwy and i think there's enough room to create bike lanes] - a bike lane on Guildford Way between Pinetree and Pipeline (Coquitlam) [the rest of Guildford has a bike lane] - a bike lane on Pipeline Rd/Woodland Dr between Guildford and Patricia (Port Coquitlam) [this would connect Guildford to Patricia, which has a pedestrian/cyclist bridge across Coquitlam River and makes a nice alternative to Lougheed Hwy. the bridge itself is too narrow, however.] - a bike lane on Clarke/Moody/Murray between Barnet and Klahanie (Port Moody) [there is a nice shoulder along Barnet Hwy and there is a bike lane along Guildford that has been extended to Klahanie, but there is no bike route through Port Moody. they could easily put bike lanes on Clarke with the Evergreen Line construction. there is a new pedestrian overpass on Moody across the railway, but concrete barriers and a lack of a crosswalk make it impossible to get from the pedestrian overpass to Clarke legally. i ride on the road, which does a horseshoe, and it is quite dangerous. Murray is wide and there is lots of room to put in bike lanes. there is a new useless westbound bike path to right of the sidewalk that weaves around trees, ends abruptly and is usually full of joggers and dog walkers. the narrow eastbound bike lane between Klahanie and Ioco is on the road and it's good, except for a section that is next to parking and pretty much entirely in the door zone.] - the eastbound bike lane on W 1st Ave between Wylie and Manitoba is next to sections of parking and inside the door zone. the bike lane should be redrawn to indicate where cyclists should be to ride safely. the right side of the bike lane should be about 1m from parked cars. (Vancouver) - parking enforcement on W 1st Ave between Wylie and Quebec. cars regularly stop or park in the eastbound bike lane on 1st. i have many photos of such illegal parking jobs. unfortunately, i also have several photos of police parked in the bike lane. - speed limit and parking enforcement on all bike routes and residential streets - immediate enforcement of the Motor Vehicle Act sect 189 (1)f-g at all bike route traffic circles. the 6m corner clearance law ensures that road users can see what is happening at intersections. traffic circles on bike routes will be safer for everyone if this rule is enforced. - widespread education about and enforcement of the Motor Vehicle Act sect 189 (1)f-g - replacement of the rectangular Canada Line bridge onramps with curved onramps (vancouver/Richmond) [imagine if freeway onramps had right angles. bikes move just like cars and turning at these rectangular U's is awkward and briefly puts you in the oncoming lane. they might work with few cyclists, but as cycling becomes more popular, this sort of design will come to be seen as an obvious impediment to the flow of traffic. curved onramps would mean smoother travel and staying in one's own lane.] - completion of the canyon to coast trail. [Hope - Steveston]

    Official response from submitted

    Hi Cam

    All great suggestions.

    I've added one specifically, for Experience the Fraser, which is your "completion of the canyon to coast trail. [Hope - Steveston]" This is a great project that will require significant investment from the Provincial Government.

    Please respond to the governments survey, and list Experience the Fraser and the Lougheed Hwy upgrades. Also worth mentioning your other suggestions as it helps make the case for increased cycling funding.

    More info on the BCCC recommendations at:

    You could also send a letter to the Minister of Transportation at:

    Regarding the improvements in Vancouver, sending a letter to Mayor and Council a good idea, [email protected]

    Also a good idea to bring it up with the HUB Vancouver committee, [email protected]

    Regarding issues in the Tri-cities, Port Moody, Coquitlam and Port Coquitlam, a good idea to bring them up with the HUB Tri-cities committee, [email protected]

    Writing Coquitlam Council:

    Writing Port Moody Council:

    Writing Port Coquitlam Council:

    As this list is focused on provincial improvements, I have moved your suggestions to



  • responded to Median to cross Victoria Dr. at 10th Ave 2014-12-05 11:20:54 -0800

    Median to cross Victoria Dr. at 10th Ave

    The 10th Ave bike route (eastbound) ends at Victoria Dr. There you turn onto Victoria, or continue east along CVG. It's hard to cross Victoria, or turn (left) north onto Victoria, as traffic has very few gaps. Usually one has to wait for vehicles to give up their priority and stop to let bikes cross. A median would sure help a lot, as there are often gaps in one direction of traffic.

    Official response from submitted

    Hi Richard

    Agreed, this intersection is a problem. It is the responsibility of the City of Vancouver. Sending a letter to Mayor and Council a good idea, [email protected]

    Also a good idea to bring it up with the HUB Vancouver committee, [email protected]

    I'm move it to as this list is focused mainly on provincial issues.



  • tagged Brenda Guiled's Complete the Salish Sea Trail Network with very high 2014-10-28 23:18:58 -0700

    Complete the Salish Sea Trail Network

    We need to complete what's known informally as the Salish Sea Trail Network, which means putting bike lanes through Salt Spring Island to complete the Lochside Trail, Galloping Goose, Humpback Connector, and Cowichan Valley Regional Trail. This fabulous, world-class circuit, with loops within loops, connects 9 provincial ridings and 4 federal. MOTI and Tourism BC can do wonders for a very large region by finishing the last stretch and getting word out about it to the world.

  • responded to Bike Lanes Needed for Users of Mobility Scooters with started 2014-10-28 22:37:00 -0700

    Bike Lanes Needed for Users of Mobility Scooters

    Please note that MOTI bike lanes aren't just an investment in those fit enough to use them. Boomers will increasingly need them when their driver's licences are restricted and lifted, because those on mobility scooters, golf carts, John Deere tractors, etc., needn't be licensed. This will provide an entire, large, vocal generation of people not too keen on bike lanes to have freedom of the road well into their sunset years.

    Official response from started

    Great suggestions. I split them into separate entries and added more descriptive titles.

    The Salish Sea Trail Network is here.

    They will be us. My goal is to have great networks of separated paths that can be used by and are designed for bikes, mobility scooters and other light-weight slower human and electric powered vehicles before I need to use a scooter to get around. The separated bike lanes are quite popular with electric wheelchair users and scooters.

  • commented on Side Guards Letter 2014-11-08 01:53:17 -0800

    Urge the Government to Require Side Guards on Trucks - Write a Letter

    Side guards on trucks can help prevent serious injury and death in collisions with cyclists and pedestrians.

    MP Hoang Mai has introduced Bill C-603 calling for mandatory side guards on trucks. He states:

    “Researchers in the United Kingdom found that with side guards, cyclist deaths dropped by 61% and serious injuries by 13%. These standards have been implemented throughout the European Union and even in Japan. What are we waiting for?”

    Please write the Minister of Transport urging the government to support Bill C-603.

    More info here and at


    Send feedback

  • posted about Sea to Sky Highway on Facebook 2018-04-30 17:02:47 -0700
    Especially with today’s high gas prices, the government needs to invest much more in affordable transportation solutions like cycling.

    Make the Sea to Sky Corridor Great for Cycling

    Photo Credits: Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane

    The Sea to Sky corridor (Highway 99 and secondary roads) connects Horseshoe Bay, Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, Mt. Currie and on to Lillooet. The natural beauty of the corridor and recent improvements to the highway and roads to Squamish Valley, Callaghan Valley, Pemberton Meadows and Portage Road to D’Arcy, has enhanced the attractiveness of the area for motorists and cyclists alike.

    Widespread awareness created by GranFondo Whistler and IRONMAN Canada plus the growth of road cycling throughout Canada has resulted in a remarkable increase in the number of recreational road cyclists in the corridor. These major events and related visitors have brought significant economic benefits to corridor communities and to the province.

    The Whistler Cycling Club believes that the cycling priorities in the provincial government’s recently issued B.C. on the Move – A 10-year Transportation Plan could markedly improve the safety and experience for both cyclists and motorists in the corridor. The provincial plan identifies three cycling priorities for action:

    • Invest $18 million over the next three years to partner with communities to build new bike lanes and trails throughout B.C.
    • Widen shoulders, double the frequency of sweeping and implement safety improvements on provincial highways in areas with a high volume of cyclists
    • Develop and implement a cycling tourism signage and marketing strategy

    The Whistler Cycling Club has submitted the following recommendations to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure in line with the cycling priorities of the provincial plan. We believe these would help improve safety and enjoyment for all road users in the Sea to Sky corridor.


    • Significantly increase the frequency of shoulder sweeping, especially where gravel and debris from logging trucks, etc. collect along concrete barriers and at intersections. 
    • Clearly mark shoulder hazards until they can be remedied.
    • Repair cracked, uneven and damaged shoulders.
    • Repaint worn fog lines and bicycle pavement stencils early in the cycling season.
    • Ensure high value cycling secondary roads are well maintained (e.g. Callaghan Valley Road to Whistler Olympic Park).

    Regulation and Signage

    • Clarify existing cycling laws, and educate cyclists and motorists on the laws and etiquette for shared road use through advertising, collateral, ICBC, driver training and cyclist training (including school-aged youth).
    • Create laws to adopt a mandatory ‘minimum 1.0 to 1.5 metre’ separation between vehicles and cyclists.
    • Utilize existing road signage (such as the overhead electronic signs at Alice Lake and Alta Lake Road) to encourage motorists to watch for cyclists.
    • Install frequent regulatory and cycling tourism route signs to alert drivers that cyclists may be present and to legitimize and promote road cycling.
    • Install large “Warning – Cyclists on Roadway” signs for areas where the shoulder width is minimal/non-existent, where sightlines are poor or where there is a high risk of vehicle/cyclist collision. Suggested new locations are at the bottom of the northbound hill from Britannia and at the bottom of the northbound Duffey Lake Road from Lillooet Lake.


    • In specific areas where gravel and debris collects frequently, we recommend the province consider paving adjoining gravel side roads near their intersection with the highway or redesigning the shoulder to prevent debris from accumulating. This one-time cost may be less expensive than the repeated cost of sweeping, and it will provide a consistently safe shoulder for cycling.
    • Replace hazardous drain grates that could cause a cyclist to crash or force a cyclist to venture into the vehicle lane.


    • Repave Highway 99 from Whistler to Pemberton with minimum 1.5 m shoulder width for cyclists.
    • Continue to repave and/or widen shoulders of secondary roads in the corridor (e.g. Squamish Valley, Pemberton Meadows, Portage Road).
    • Repair/repave roads shoulder-to-shoulder, not just the vehicle lanes.
    • Widen Highway 99 shoulders in key locations, including Britannia Beach to Murrin Park; Porteau Cove to Furry Creek and hazardous sections between Whistler and Pemberton. Where possible, the minimum useable width, not including rumble strips, should be 1.5 m. (If it is impractical to widen the shoulder in the Porteau area, consider the installation of cyclist-activated flashing lights to warn motorists that cyclists are present.)

    Take Action

    We at the Whistler Cycling Club believe that road cycling could be safer and more enjoyable and that cycling tourism would grow if similar improvements were made in other areas of the province. We support the BC Cycling Coalition in urging the BC Government to increase investment in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure and programs.

    We encourage you to review the BC Cycling Coalition Billion for Bikes information and decide whether you wish to support their petition to the Provincial Government.


  • Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge

    The Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge is the only route across the Fraser River between Hope and Mission. The lanes are narrow with no shoulders or sidewalk making cycling over it rather scary especially when large vehicles are passing.

  • tagged Alex Fraser Bridge Cycling Access with very high 2014-10-12 14:35:22 -0700

    Alex Fraser Bridge Cycling Access

    The bicycle access in and around the Alex Fraser Bridge is not very convenient or safe. The paths are too narrow for even slow speed cycling. With steep approaches, the paths need to be designed for cycling speeds of 50-60kph. As well, the overpass over the highway is dangerous and needs improving. A man died a couple of years ago after falling off his bike on the steep narrow ramp leading up to it.

  • commented on Ironworkers Memorial Bridge Access 2014-12-11 14:21:24 -0800
    Hi Alexander

    I certainly agree especially when cyclists are traveling downhill. The challenge is funding which is why we are recommend that the Province invest $100 million per year in cycling.

    If you could write a letter to Minister Stone with your concerns supporting the increased investment, that would be great.


  • followed Member Organizations 2014-07-11 11:11:30 -0700

    Member Organizations

    Our member organizations are involved in cycling advocacy, education, sport, recreation and tourism both locally and at the provincial level. Please consider joining them and getting involved in their efforts to encourage and improve cycling.


    There is strength in numbers. If you represent an organization involved in cycling, help us create a stronger cycling movement by becoming a BC Cycling Coalition member organization. More information here

  • commented on Write Mayor and Council 2019-04-24 12:01:34 -0700

    Write Your Mayor and Council

    Your letters do make a difference. So please help make your community a better place to ride a bicycle!

    To learn more about local issues, please get involved with your local cycling organization.

    Please report hazards including debris and potholes here.

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    {{email?type==autoresponse&&for==mailer&&from==BC Cycling:[email protected]&&subject==Thank You for Supporting Safer Cycling in Your Community&&body==Dear recipient.first_name_or_friend

    Thank you for supporting safer cycling in your community. Your letter really helps!

    Your message below has been sent to and copied to

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    Please join me in helping to make BC safer for people who cycle and walk. Send a email in support of a Safer Passing Law in BC.

    Let the political leaders and candidates know your experiences and how a Safer Passing Law would make cycling safer and more enjoyable for you and your family and friends.

    Here is the message I just sent:


    Tell them about your experiences of riding on BC's roads and dealing with traffic. It only takes a minute or two and will really help make a difference!

    Yes. I support a Safer Passing Law! 





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  • commented on Write BC's Leaders 2014-08-24 23:52:49 -0700
    This is a test

    Write BC's Leaders for More Cycling Funding

    {{show_more?While there has been investment by all levels of government in cycling routes in communities around the Province over the last decade, often these routes are not connected to each other leaving you stranded with your bike at busy intersections. Many destinations are still not served by safe comfortable convenient cycling connections. Until people can cycle from anywhere to anywhere without worrying if there is a good bicycle route, many won’t chose to ride a bicycle and we will not realize the full economic, health, environmental and social benefits from the hundreds of millions of dollars already invested in cycling.

    Inadequate Funding for Communities

    Communities across the province have produced extensive cycling network plans. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding, these cycling networks may not be complete for 20 to 30 years. For instance:

    • Surrey has recently completed a cycling plan that includes over 470 km of additional bike lanes and paths. With current funding, it plans on completing around 12km per year but has indicated that additional funding from the provincial and Federal Governments would speed implementation of the plan.
    • The Pedestrian & Cycling Master Plan – Capital Regional District estimated the cost of upgrading the bicycle network to attract people of all ages and abilities is around $275 million.
    • TransLink has estimated that completing all ages cycling networks around the region may be much higher than $800 million. Due to lack of new funding sources, in 2013, TransLink only invested $2 million.

    Decades of Underinvestment

    A large expenditure on cycling facilities is required to make up ground lost through several decades of underinvestment . The Netherlands, widely hailed as the world leader in cycling, spends approximately $40 per person per year on cycling. Several other jurisdictions with cycling levels similar to that of BC are matching or exceeding that level of investment. London Mayor Johnson recently announced he will increase  cycling funding to $619 million over the next three years.

    Cost Effective

    No other transportation investment of similar size can boast the potential to be enjoyed by people of all ages and income brackets, in communities large and small, throughout the province. High quality cycling facilities that are attractive to a significant portion of the population such as bicycle paths and separated bicycle lanes can cost from $1 million to $4 million per km (1/6 the cost of one km of road network for motorized vehicles). This investment will enable the construction of hundreds of kilometres of high quality facilities in communities around the province, giving the majority of British Columbians access to great bicycle routes.

    Everyone Benefits

    Importantly, cycling facilities also benefit those who don’t ride a bicycle. Multi-use paths are used by pedestrians, in-line skaters, electric wheelchairs, personal mobility scooters, and skateboards. Traffic calming along bicycle routes benefits neighbourhoods, making streets safer for all pedestrians. But it has particular benefit for seniors, children, and the disabled. Bike lanes along busy streets calm traffic, enhancing the pedestrian environment and creating a more welcoming retail atmosphere.

    Accelerated Investment

    In our Cycling Strategy. we recommend a significant acceleration of the investment in cycling networks including bicycle paths, separated bicycle lanes and other high quality bicycle facilities totalling $175 million per year by all levels of government. This investment in infrastructure, accompanied by funding for education, promotion, and end-of-trip facilities, will enable residents and visitors of all ages and abilities to safely and conveniently cycle throughout the province, fostering healthier individuals and communities.}}

    Take Action

    We encourage the Provincial Government to show strong leadership by committing $100 per year for cycling and walking networks in communities around B.C.

    {{mailer?headline=Let the Leaders Know You Want Increased Cycling Investment&introduction=Tell them what the problems and solutions are in your community and what better cycling would mean for your family and friends.&subpage=provincial_funding_letter&to=government_bc.mlas.leaders.*&cc=government_bc.mlas.port.trans.*,government_bc.mlas.port.fin.*,*,government_bc.mlas.port.env.*,candidates.mla.local,member_organization.local,bccc&placeholder=Your%20message%20*}}

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  • posted about Volunteer on Facebook 2017-01-11 21:41:16 -0800
    I signed up to volunteer for British Columbia Cycling Coalition. Join me!

  • commented on Highway Safety Email 2017-01-06 19:41:36 -0800
    This is a test letter.

    Highway Safety Email

    {{mailer?headline=Write Premier {{query_widget?government_bc.mlas.leaders.premier&template=[[signup.last_name]]}} and Minister {{query_widget?government_bc.mlas.port.trans.minister&template=[[signup.last_name]]}} regarding cycling safety and increased speed limits on Provincial Highways&introduction=Please relate your experiences regarding safety problems and speed on BC roads highlighting sections that are really  hazardous.&subpage=highway_safety_email&to=government_bc.mlas.leaders.premier,government_bc.mlas.port.trans.minister&cc=government_bc.mlas.leaders.!premier,*,*,*,government_bc.mlas.port.env.*,government_bc.mlas.port.trans.!minister,candidates.mla.local,member_organization.local,bccc&placeholder=Your%20message%20*}}

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