BC Motor Vehicle Act Improvements

 

 

HUB Cycling collaborates with the BC Cycling Coalition and other advocates to improve legislation to better protect vulnerable road users. Since 2016, we have made several recommendations to the Provincial Government.

In spring 2023, the BC Government passed legislation based on some of these recommendations. Bill 23 is a first step to reforming the outdated Motor Vehicle Act. There are many positive changes, including:

  • Vulnerable Road User, Cycle, Pedestrian, and Motor Assisted Cycle (e-bike) are now defined in the full Act, providing more clarity and accountability.

  • A duty (of care) imposed on drivers of motor vehicles in relation to vulnerable road users. 

  • Stronger penalties for unsafe behaviour around vulnerable road users.

HUB Cycling, in partnership with the BC Cycling Coalition, will be providing an updated list of recommendations to the Provincial Government in 2024, with the goal of focusing on improvements that will both improve safety and increase the use of active and healthy transportation, including asking that the Provincial Government introduce a Safe Intersections Law and a Safe Neighbourhood Speeds Law. 

 

Read our Recommendations for Safe Intersections and Safe Neighbourhood Speeds here (PDF)

 


The following organizations endorsed the 2018 position paper.
HUB Cycling and the BC Cycling Coalition will update some of these recommendations in 2024.

 

Trial Lawyers Association of BC logo           Health Officers Council of BC logo       Northern Health logo       Fraser Health Logo     
 

 

 Vancouver Coastal Health logo           Interior Heath logo        BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit logo

 

City of New Westminster logo.         City of Victoria logo           City of Vancouver Active Transportation Policy Council logo            Modo the Car Co-op logo       
 

 Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association logo       Vancouver Bike Share Inc. | MOBI logoBC Cycling Coalition logo                Capital Bike logo       

 

 Modacity Life logo          Surrey Board of Trade logo

 

* Letter of support from Interior Health (PDF).

 


Your support enables people of all ages and abilities, across regional and diverse communities, safer and more just transportation options.

What is the Impact of Your Generous Gift? 

  • $2,500 helps us develop programs for communities that may face social, cultural, and/or financial barriers to cycling.

  • $1,500 helps us maintain and expand our letter-writing tool to enable British Columbians to communicate directly with decision-makers about the importance of investing in improved cycling in BC.

  • $500 helps us engage with equity-deserving communities about their needs

  • $250 helps us provide infrastructure research support needed for an advocacy project like expanding cycle highways to underserved communities.

  • $100 helps HUB organize online learning to encourage people of all ages and abilities