Several initiatives are underway to build support for dramatically more investment in cycling and a Provincial Active Transportation.
The BC Cycling Coalition is receiving three-year grant from the Real Estate Foundation of BC (REFBC) for their new Moving Active Transportation Forward in BC initiative to help facilitate a Provincial cycling and walking strategy and assist smaller communities in implementing their cycling networks.
"Thanks very much to REFBC for their generous support. We are also part of the Communities on the Move Declaration," shared Richard Campbell in a statement.
While there was no news of increased investment in cycling in the BC Budget Tuesday according to Campbell, typically cycling funding has not been part of budget announcements. With a projected surplus of $285 million and $7 billion in funding for transportation over the next three years, there is plenty of money potentially available for cycling.
The coalition is also planning Safe Passing Distance and Safer Speed campaigns working with other groups including HUB Cycling. Stay tuned for details.
"A big thanks those who have already contributed!"
"With the election coming up, it is critical to let provincial leaders and your candidates that you want better cycling. Please let Premier Clark, John Horgan and Andrew Weaver know that you want $100 million per year invested over the next ten years in cycling and walking. Let them know what improvements are needed in your community and what greatly improved cycling would mean for your family and community."
Creating Smart, Fair and Healthy Transportation Options For All BC Communities
"We are proud to be a part of the Communities on the Move Declaration, joining partners including BC Healthy Living Alliance and the Heart and Stroke Foundation. It contains strong support for cycling including recommending the development of an Active Transportation Strategy, investing $100 million per year over 10 years, improving education and reducing speed limits & increasing enforcement."