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The British Columbia government has committed to an Active Transportation Strategy that the BC Cycling Coalition has been lobbying for.
After much letter writing and petition-signing, the government listened and said that they will begin creating the strategy in 2019.
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.”
Apparently, in BC, our government spends roughly $1.50 per year per person on active transportation, including things like bike lanes, walking paths and well-planned connections to transit. The Netherlands spends $48 per person per year. 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.
Bottom line, spending $1.50 per person, per year is quite frankly third world-level investment.
In other cycling news, it is with sadness that the cycling coalition reports that Arno, their president, passed away three weeks ago. Arno was a champion of cycling for everyone at the local, provincial and national levels. He is really missed.
“His legacy lives on. We had a meeting recently with Minister Trevena regarding the Province’s Active Transportation Strategy that Arno arranged.” It was his hard work that helped motivate Minister Trevena.
Honourable Claire Trevena is the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure North Island. She was elected initially in 2005 and has been re-elected in 2009, 2013 and 2017.
Read about Arno’s legacy here>> https://www.bccc.bc.ca/arno?utm_campaign=newsdec2018&utm_medium=email&utm_source=bccyclingcoalition