Take action now for a complete transportation plan for all British Columbians
December 3, 2014
The Province of BC’s work on a new, 10-year transportation plan called 'BC on the Move’ will affect the transportation choices available to British Columbians, and the shape of our communities, towns, and cities for generations to come.
Why does it matter?
Feedback from British Columbians can ensure this plan is designed for safety and accessibility, so all ages, abilities, and modes of travel - including walking, cycling, transit and wheelchairs - are accounted for in advance, rather than as an afterthought. Complete transportation planning that puts people first means creating a system that offers wide-ranging benefits:
- safe and healthy mobility options for people and goods
- cost-effectiveness and support for economic growth
- strengthened communities
- protection for the natural environment
What can you do?
Participate in the public information gathering process - it's critical that the plan reflect cycling priorities…and time is running out.
December 12 is the deadline to have your say. Tell the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure to support more investment in transit & active transportation and safer roads. Give them your top three priority projects or initiatives by answering this online survey.
You can also:
- Write an open letter to Minister Todd Stone: P.O. Box 3623 Vancouver Main, Vancouver, BC V6B 3Y6
- Email your comments: firstname.lastname@example.org and cc email@example.com
- Share this message with your family, friends, co-workers, members and network
What has HUB asked for?
Our staff and Board have completed the survey individually, and we're also making a submission that encompasses a broader set of interests and concerns.
Due to their jurisdictional authority over numerous key, regional connections - including bridges, tunnels, ferries, border crossings, highways and major roads - MOTI will play a key role in working with HUB and municipalities to prioritize and invest in efforts to ‘ungap’ the map. We’ve recently met with key MOTI representatives, and have their commitment to work with us and communicate more frequently on cycling issues.
In our submission, we'll try to further make a case for increased investment in cycling infrastructure, maintenance and education. Our top three transportation infrastructure improvement priorities for consideration will be:
- Protected, paved, lit bikeway directly connecting the Central Valley Greenway in New Westminster to Coquitlam Centre
(by way of the Port Mann Bridge and parallel to Lougheed Highway).
- Protected, paved, lit bikeway connecting Richmond bike routes to the U.S. border (parallel to Hwy 99), and to the ferry terminal in Tsawwassen.
- Protected, paved, lit bikeway from Coquitlam Centre through Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge (parallel to Lougheed Hwy).
Tell us what you think
We also encourage you to attend a meeting of your local HUB Committee beginning in January, 2015 - visit our Groups & Committees webpage, find the committee closest to you, and attend their next meeting.