Thursday, March 17, 2011

Encourage Premier Clark to Support Cycling

Please send a message to Premier Clark at the address below indicating your strong support for a comprehensive Provincial Cycling Strategy including investment in high quality cycling facilities, education, promotion and legislation including a revised Motor Vehicle Act that places the priority on the safety of cyclists and other vulnerable road users.

Other Ministers involved in cycling issues include:
Hon. Blair Lekstrom - Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure
Hon. Kevin Falcon - Deputy Premier and Minister of Finance
Hon. Michael de Jong, Q.C.- Minister of Health
Hon. Dr. Terry Lake - Minister of Environment
Hon. Ida Chong - Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
Hon. Patrick Bell - Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Innovation

The benefits of cycling and the BCCC's recommendations are detailed in Realizing the Benefits of Accelerated Investment in Cycling and summarized in Investing in a Healthy Future. The cornerstone of these recommendations is the four year investment of $175 million dollars per year totalling $700 million to fund family friendly bicycle paths, separated bike lanes and other high quality cycling facilities in communities and on provincial roads throughout BC.

Premier Clark and her ministers are likely working on a new budget so now is a great time to recommend greater investment in cycling. Your message could include some or all of the following:

  • What this investment and the other recommendations and improved cycling would mean for you, your family and your community
  • The highlighting of the recommendations that are important to you, your family or your community
  • Specific cycling facilities you would like to see built
  • Stories on what new cycling facilities have meant to you and your community
  • Stories about impact of the lack of cycling facilities in your community
  • Cycling education and skills training for adults, children
  • Updating the Motor Vehicle Act to improve the safety and comfort of cyclists and pedestrians
  • The economic benefits of cycling and cycling tourism

Hon. Christy Clark 

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

NDP Leadership Candidate Adrian Dix on Cycling

Here is the response from NDP Leadership Candidate Adrian Dix to our cycling survey. Adrian is the first leadership candidate from either party to complete the survey.

1. How often do you ride a bicycle per month? 
I actually don’t cycle. I run, walk and use transit for most of my urban/suburban travel. 
2. What level of funding for bicycle paths, separated bike lanes and other high-quality cycling infrastructure do you support per person per year in BC? 
I am not putting forward an alternate budget in this campaign. However, I support more funding for more and improved cycling lanes. The NDP has a record of expanded cycling while in office and I want to do more to make cycling an important part of integrated transport systems and plans. 
3. Do you also support $5 million per year of provincial funding for a comprehensive cycling education program including cycling skills training for children and adults and safety awareness campaigns for drivers and cyclists?
As I stated above, I am not putting forward an alternative budget. However, I support the expansion of cycling education and skills training. 
4. Do you support changing the Motor Vehicle Act to enable municipalities to set blanket speed limits in residential areas and on bicycle routes below 50km/h? 
Yes, in principle, subject to full discussions with the Union of BC Municipalities and others with expertise. 
5. Do you support a comprehensive review of the Motor Vehicle Act with the specific goal of improving the safety of and legal protection for vulnerable road users including pedestrians and cyclists? 
6. What other measures do you support to enable more British Columbians to choose cycling as a safe and convenient form of transportation?
Expanded bike lanes, removing the HST, working with transit and transportation planning agencies to ensure maximum integration of transport modes. 
Adrian Dix for BC
Lower Mainland: 604-523-4886 Province-wide: 1-866-523-4886

Thanks to Adrian and his campaign for the reply. The BCCC requested responses from all NDP and Liberal leadership Candidates. We will post the responses from other leadership candidates as we receive them. If any of the political parties send us a position on cycling, we will post it as well.

Friday, March 11, 2011

NDP Leadership Candidate John Horgan on Cycling

Here is the response from NDP Leadership Candidate John Horgan regarding cycling.
Thank you very much for the opportunity to respond to the BC Cycling Coalition survey. As many of the questions relate to government spending, it is premature for me to make any fiscal commitments at this time.
That being said, as a recreational cyclist and as an advocate for alternatives to conventional automobile transportation, I have stated that as premier I will focus on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, explore real transportation alternatives and expand energy conservation efforts.
I am uniquely familiar with transportation, traffic and congestion issues because these are major concerns in my own constituency of Juan de Fuca. I am a frequent cyclist along the Galloping Goose Regional Trail, which runs through my constituency, and I have long been an advocate of light rail transportation between Victoria and the Western Communities.
I have announced a variety of measures in my environmental plan (please see including investment in regional transit and working with municipal governments to encourage smart urban growth. Of course, this will include creating opportunities for increased cycling and pedestrian mobility. As well, in order to move people out of cars and to encourage them to embrace alternative forms of transportation, we will ensure that cycling and pedestrian traffic are both safe and enjoyable for British Columbians of all ages, wherever they live and work.
As a side note, as a young cub scout I was very proud to earn a ‘cycling badge’ and believe strongly that cycling skills and road safety should be part of the K-12 curriculum. 
John Horgan
Horgan for BC

250 812 8907
Thanks to John and his campaign for the reply. The BCCC requested responses from all NDP and Liberal leadership Candidates. We will post the responses from other leadership candidates as we receive them. If any of the political parties send us a position on cycling, we will post it as well.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Support a National Cycling Strategy to Help Curb Childhood Obesity

Governments across Canada including the Province of BC, have started a dialog on childhood obesity. Our Health Our Future, a National Dialog on Healthy Weight. They are encouraging all British Columbians to participate.

There is an on-line forum where people and groups can submit ideas and vote on ideas submitted by others. Please vote for the BCCC's idea to Develop a National Cycling Strategy.

The Province's press release contains some sobering facts:

  • Evidence shows that if British Columbians exercised for 30 minutes a day, controlled their weight, ate reasonably well and refrained from smoking – they could reduce their risk factors for most chronic disease by up to 80 per cent.
  • About 2,000 British Columbians die prematurely every year due to obesity-related illnesses such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes.
  • Childhood overweight and obesity rates are rising in Canada. Obesity rates in children have almost tripled in the last 25 years.
  • Childhood overweight and obesity in British Columbia is an issue nearing crisis proportions according to the Province’s Select Standing Committee on Health.

In the Globe and Mail article on the dialog, Ministers’ ‘national dialogue’ on obesity falls short for health advocates, Mark Tremblay, director of Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario supports funding for bike lanes.
Dr. Tremblay said the government invests very little in fighting obesity. To achieve real change, current and successive governments will need to invest hundreds of millions in a national strategy to build more bike lanes, shift the health-care system toward obesity prevention and improve public education about nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
More information on the case for increased investment in cycling can be found in the BCCC's budget submission, Realizing the Benefits of Accelerated Investment in Cycling. A summary can be found in Investing in a Healthy Future.