Ride Your Riding!

There is no better place to have a meeting and no better way to see the impact of cycling on your community than from the seat of a bicycle.

Whether you are an MP, a candidate or simply a citizen keen to show your current and potential MPs what’s out there, Canada Bikes invites you to organize a Ride Your Riding event in advance of the 2019 Federal Election.

What? A community-oriented, family-friendly, educational bike ride between now and the October 2019 election.

Who? Local federal provincial and municipal elected officials are invited to join, and so is the whole community.

Why? Ride Your Riding is great for Canadians, MPs and politicians because it:

  • Acts as an opportunity to show off the great active transportation projects and programs happening in your community.
  • Encourages broader community interest and enable you to point out investment in cycling infrastructure
  • Allows you to meet with the people that currently make active transportation decisions locally and understand the bigger picture
  • Provides an opportunity to highlight your favourite bike experiences, as well as provide insight into what could be improved
  • Lets you meet active and connected constituents face to face
  • Its the best way to see, feel, hear and understand the area you represent

The rides are encouraged to be all-inclusive and should be routed with consideration of all ages and abilities for cycling.

Our role: Vélo Canada Bikes will be encouraging our members to start planning a date between now and the upcoming election when a ride might be appropriate within their schedules, and will track all the ridings that have had one. We can also help get you started. Just email [email protected] for details.

The impact:  Selfies with the hashtag #RideYourRiding are highly encouraged and unavoidable. Have fun. We’ll certainly be sharing widely and local bike groups have a wide reach. Other tangible ideas, projects, intiatives, plans?? You never know what can come out of a meeting by bike. Vélo Canada Bikes will be tracking all the rides happening over the country and paying close attention. We’ll make a map and try to get as many of the ridings in Canada covered (with your help, of course).

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Some examples of Ride Your Riding events already happening: 
– Dr.Doug Eyolfson already has one planned with Winnipeg Trails in Winnipeg in July
– Gord Johns, MP for Port Alberni is planning to ride his entire riding all summer, endeavouring to see every part of it.

Other helpful info:

Why is bike infrastructure such a big deal? Research shows that bicycle-
friendly projects are great for everyone even if they never ride a bike

• Safer streets are safer for everyone

• When bikes have dedicated safe space sidewalks are safer for pedestrians

•Well-designed infrastructure can improve the experience for everyone. and leads to smoother trips improving the behaviour of all modes

• Leads to less congestion as people will be to make the healthy choice, the easy choice

• Complete streets lead to livable communities, the air is better and the amount of noise decreases

• Research is emerging that bike infrastructure routinely encourages economic vitality

• Costs for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure are a fraction of large roads projects enabling nimble design, shovel-ready projects that put people to work right away

• Every taxpayer in Canada should be excited about the health benefits as diabetes, dementia, depression, colon cancer and cardiovascular disease are reduced by 40% from 30 minutes of riding

• Currently, transportation accounts for 30% of all greenhouse gases. Swapping a single 5km car trip with a bike trip would keep 2,000 lbs of carbon out of the environment per year.

Interested in putting your riding on the map or learning more?

Email [email protected] for details

Support for Cycling in Canada – Leadership Candidate Questionnaire

On March 15, Canada Bikes sent out an emailed questionnaire to all of the candidates running for the leadership of the Conservative and New Democratic Parties of Canada this year. The questions  and the answersare below.

We will be posting all their answers here as they arrive. We look forward to working together to build a bike friendly Canada.

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Full text of email*:

Dear Mr./Ms. ______:

We would like to commend you for making the decision to run for public office and would like to help you share your thoughts on cycling. To help us understand your views so we can share with our members and the public, we are asking you to complete the short survey below by March 24th.

Canada Bikes is a national organization that includes 14 member organizations representing thousands of members in Canadian towns, cities and provinces from coast to coast. We want to improve conditions for the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who regularly bike to work. We share our vision with tens of millions of concerned adults and teenagers in Canada who do not ride to work but say they would if only they had safe infrastructure. We also represent millions of people of all ages who already ride for exercise or leisure or school and who would like to more often. We also represent those who do not wish to ride bicycles, but want safety for their loved ones. Together, this is the vast majority of Canadians.

We feel everyone should be allowed to experience the joy and benefits of cycling without fear or insurmountable barrier. Canada Bikes wants to support and celebrate politicians who share this vision and we know we can achieve great things for Canada together.

Cycling Questionnaire:

1. If elected leader – and eventually Prime Minister – your vision for cycling in Canada will reverberate across the country. Why do you believe cycling is important for Canada?

2. Do you support the creation of a National Cycling Strategy?

3. If you become Prime Minister, how much do you envision the government of Canada investing annually in cycling infrastructure while you are in office?

4. The overwhelming majority of parents in Canada want better, safer routes to school. Compared to peer countries in Northern Europe, whose national transportation and infrastructure ministries have invested trillions in cycling infrastructure for decades and set meaningful policy to improve land use and reduce traffic violence, Canada has done relatively little. As a direct result, our cycling to school rates remain dismal and young people are unnecessarily being steered toward a life of physical inactivity and chronic disease. Will you commit to Canada becoming a leader in children’s mobility and cycling to school within one generation?

5. What has been your favourite personal experience on a bike so far?

Please reply directly to this email with the subject line (Support for Cycling in Canada Questionnaire) by midnight on March 24th*.

It is our pleasure to do our best to help you share your message publicly.

If you have secondary materials you would like us to share along with your answers – i.e. a social media, photo of you on a bike, platform link – feel free to include it.

My sincere thanks for your time and consideration,

Anders Swanson
Chair, Canada Bikes

*The email to the NDP differs slightly as they choose a leader later. Candidates have until August 10th to respond.

Chris Alexander’s Response

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1. If elected leader – and eventually Prime Minister – your vision for cycling in Canada will reverberate across the country. Why do you believe cycling is important for Canada?

Because it’s healthy, invigorating, green and social.  Cycling brings us together and helps us lead better lives!

2. Do you support the creation of a National Cycling Strategy?

Yes!  It should be part of our work with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, as well as all those in Quebec, together with the provinces and territories.

3. If you become Prime Minister, how much do you envision the government of Canada investing annually in cycling infrastructure while you are in office?

It will depend on infrastructure priorities set by municipalities, provincial and territorial governments.  But I will give them strong incentives to support cycling and public transit.

4. The overwhelming majority of parents in Canada want better, safer routes to school. Compared to peer countries in Northern Europe, whose national transportation and infrastructure ministries have invested trillions in cycling infrastructure for decades and set meaningful policy to improve land use and reduce traffic violence, Canada has done relatively little. As a direct result, our cycling to school rates remain dismal and young people are unnecessarily being steered toward a life of physical inactivity and chronic disease. Will you commit to Canada becoming a leader in children’s mobility and cycling to school within one generation?

Yes!  We need to make this commitment — and find ways to allow kids to self-propel to work even in winter!  Snow bikes have come a long way, after all!  The federal government should establish urban design and road safety norms for cycling — following Danish and Dutch examples, which are the best in my experience.

We need to promote healthy active lifestyles in every way!  Cycling, skiing, running and walking are all part of the solution.

5. What has been your favourite personal experience on a bike so far?

I made one fairly long trip down the Old Nipissing Road — now part of the Trans Canada Trail — a few years back.  That was absolutely awesome!  My wife and I also rented bikes in Paris a while back — and had a ball….
There will be more specifics from me on active life, cities and transport.  My policies to date are here: http://chrisalexander.ca/policy

Thanks for bringing these questions into our campaign!  They are truly important….
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Task Force on Pedestrian and Cycling Safety

The Hon. Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, recently announced that Transport Canada and the provinces will establish a task force to discuss safety measures to reduce injuries and fatalities involving cyclists, pedestrians and heavy trucks. This was prompted in part by recent deaths of two people on bicycles in Ottawa and Montreal – a sad, preventable and all too common element of the transportation landscape in Canada.

Canada Bikes strongly supports measures to make our roads, our vehicles and the way they are both designed much safer for people cycling. We will be working with the Government to help ensure measures are implemented soon.

We believe that people have a right to feel comfortable and safe on a bicycle anywhere in any community in Canada. While cycling is inherently much safer than driving, our country still has rates of injury for people on foot and on bikes far higher than those in the world’s bike-friendly countries. More importantly, tangible fear of fast moving traffic and of poorly designed roads and vehicles keeps most people from even starting. That needs to stop. We know the solutions. We know that infrastructure investment and policy change result directly in safe roads, healthier people and more people riding. It didn’t happen spontaneously in other countries; they made a choice. We can too.

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(photo: A.Swanson Den Haag, NL)

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Read our letter to the Minister. 

Fall Newsletter 2016

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Welcome to Canada Bikes’ Fall Newsletter! This one is chock full of exciting updates for people who love to ride bicycles in Canada….

National Cycling Strategy
Momentum on a National Cycling Strategy for Canada is growing. We were proud to support Hon. Minister Catherine McKenna when she called for a National Cycling Strategy on the steps of Parliament Hill on Bike Day in Canada with MPs from all parties. We were also honoured to attend and speak at the announcement of a private member’s bill calling for a National Cycling Strategy by Gord Johns MP for Courtenay-Alberni.

Bike paths, everywhere.
When the Government of Canada invests in cycling and walking infrastructure, we all win. We are thrilled to share this national cycling and walking infrastructure fund proposal. We are excited by the collaboration with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the Canadian Automobile Association, Velo Quebec, the Canadian Lung Association, Share the Road, Canadian Cancer Society, the Canadian Independent Bicycle Retailers Association (CIBRA) and the British Columbia Cycling Coalition (BCCC) and we know it has the full support of many many others! We will be working closely with members of the government to offer helpful advice on the best way to make it happen. Along with millions of Canadians, we were pleased to see the word “bicycle” appearing in conjunction with a big increase in infrastructure spending in the Fall Economic update and we look forward to the future. If you want to get involved, remember it always helps to contact your local politician or federal MP to talk about cycling infrastructure projects you’d love to see near you.

Canada Bikes, lately.
Coast to coast, we are growing our reach. We were in Vancouver last month for Pro Walk Pro Bike and found time to visit CIBRA’s fall conference in Toronto. We added five talented new faces to our board at our AGM in October. A big welcome Cornelia Dinca, Yvonne Bambrick, Cheryl Trepannier, Christina Vietinghoff and Karly Coleman, each of whom bring incredible amounts of expertise and energy. Lastly, we want to welcome and thank the new organizations who have joined us recently including Cycle Toronto, Bike Brampton, Citizens for Safe Cycling (Ottawa) and Bicycle Nova Scotia.  Learn more about Canada Bikes here.

In Case You Missed it (Important Developments Across Canada and Around the World).

Transport Minister Hon. Marc Garneau announced a task force on pedestrian and cycling safety. There was a unanimous vote in Edmonton to fast track a downtown protected bike lane network. Now Winnipeg wants one too. Better infrastructure can’t come too soon to help address gender imbalance on the roads of Canadian cities and equity issues in transportation everywhere. Speaking of important research, don’t miss this big report from Velo Quebec or the TCAT study that found that 1.3 of the trips (4 million) in the GTA could easily be made by bike. Montreal will host the 5th international Winter Cycling Congress Feb 8-10. Velo Quebec has also called on all school boards to adopt an Active Transportation Charter. Finally, since many European countries already have national cycling strategies of their own, our friends over at the European Cycling Federation (ECF) are taking the next logical step and working on a pan-European cycling strategy. We are watching closely.

Do you have an important info you think we should share in our next newsletter?
Contact us at [email protected] with your idea.

For real time information and updates, remember to join the discussion on Facebookand Twitter.
For general inquiries email us at  [email protected]

Remember, you can help make Canada a bike friendly country.
Become a member, donate or contact us to find out about other ways you can help.

Sincerely,
Anders Swanson
Chair
On behalf of the board of Canada Bikes

Canada Bikes AGM October 15th 2016

Please join us at our 2016 annual general meeting taking place online on October 15th at 1pm Eastern (2:30pm NFLB, 2pm Maritimes, noon Manitoba, 11am Alberta, 10am BC)

Here’s how to participate:

1. If you are already a member, you will have received a “Save the Date” notice 3 weeks ago and recent instructions in your email (if you missed the instructions, see #3). Note: Our AGM is for individual members and organizational members only. Organizational members can send up to three delegates to observe. Only one person is allowed to vote in elections. If more than one person is attending on behalf of an organization, kindly be sure to RSVP and indicate which person has voting rights.  Individuals are welcome to be both a member of an organizational member and a member of Canada Bikes as an individual (of course, if you had to pick one, we recommend your local organization first!)

2. If you are not already a member of Canada Bikes, it is not too late to sign up and then RSVP.

3. If you missed the email just click this link to go to our online meeting platform and register. It is best if you do this at least a few minutes in advance. Enter your name and email address. You will receive an email back within a few minutes with a unique link/phone number and PIN to join the AGM.

4. See you Saturday!

Agenda

Introductions (15min)
Approval of Agenda (1min)
Approve Minutes from AGM 2015 (2min)
Welcome and Report from the Chair (15min)
ED Introduction and Looking Forward (10min)
Financial Report (5min)
Notice of motion: proposed changes to the bylaws (Quorum) (1min)
Nominations to the Board (5min)
Election of Board Members (10min)
Adjourn
Cross Country Check-in and Discussion (20min)

We looking forward to having you join us and share in the national conversation on improving everyday cycling for Canadians of all ages and abilities!

Save the Date: AGM Saturday October 15th

You are cordially invited to attend our 2016 AGM!
It’s an exciting time for cycling in Canada and for Canada Bikes too.

Please save the date: Saturday, October 15th at 1pm Eastern (2pm in Halifax., noon Winnipeg, 11am Calgary, 10am in BC).

If you or your organization is planning to take part, please take a quick moment to RSVP (by filling out this short form). It is greatly appreciated as it will help us plan accordingly. (Organizational member contacts receiving this invitation who plan to delegate another representative for the AGM, please forward this RSVP form to that person. This will let us know who is coming on your organization’s behalf.)

The agenda will include the usual AGM proceedings (report from the chair, financial report, appointment of officers, etc.) including an update on the work we’ve been doing and any exciting new developments.

Importantly, to ensure we make the most of this opportunity of having you with us, there will be an opportunity for discussion so we can hear from you.

Logistical details, (how to dial-in/connect to the meeting, vote, etc..) are being finalized in the coming weeks and will be updated here as well as sent out along with the formal agenda to all members.
Stay tuned and we look forward to hearing form you on October 15th!

Building a Better Canada – National Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Fund Proposal

For a while, walking and cycling seem to have lain in wait as the secret weapons of sustainable transportation. What other transportation sector with such enormous potential on so many levels has been kept in check by underfunding and lack of focus? The results have piled up: cycling rates in Canada are low compared to our peers;  spread out communities face big road repair bills; low rates of walking and cycling have created conditions for poor air quality  and chronic disease and children bike to school a lot less than they used to. It has gotten to the point where young adults in car-focused cities who get old enough to see the benefits of having options are inclined to simply move away.

Luckily, over the last decade or so, something has begun to happen.

We have become a nation ready to move smarter.

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As towns, as cities and as a country, there has been no better time to scale up the construction of the kind of safe and reliable cycling infrastructure that gets everyone moving. That’s why we are joining voices with the Federal Active Transportation Coalition and organizations across the country in proposing that our federal government begin to invest significantly in walking and cycling networks for communities across Canada.

Please read our National Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Fund Proposal.

 

The good news is that Canada is now poised to join the ranks of countries with a national cycling strategy. The demand for better transportation options has been surging to all-time highs everywhere. Next to clean air or reliable drinking water, there simply aren’t many needs that are as strong as our need to move within our communities and connect with each other as human beings. Likewise, there are few targets for investment that are more popular, safer, healthier, more efficient, more financially sound or simply bursting with so many policy reasons to put shovels in the ground.

Cycling networks are what truly set a bike-friendly nation apart. It is, after all, the ubiquitous pathways, the blinking bike signals, the comforting concrete buffers, the safe and humane traffic speeds, and the utter lack of need to worry about arriving alive that will ultimately get a fledgling bike-friendly community’s heart to start beating.

That’s why governments at every level, including and inspired by significant pledges of investment from the top, have a real opportunity to help communities of all sizes ramp up their bike plans. You don’t need to look far away to places like Seville or Norway for inspiration on what can happen when you make big plans for investment. Look no farther than Calgary or Winnipeg, Victoria or provinces like Ontario for Canadian rising stars.

With roadways across the country run down and ready for rehabilitation in a nation with critical climate change targets to meet, helping provinces and municipalities invest billions in sustainable, fun, convenient infrastructure is only natural. It works in Scandinavia, it works in the Netherlands, it works for our American neighbours and, when we’ve dabbled, it has even worked here.

Success is guaranteed. We know that millions in just a single city will start to ride often if we do. Its time to make a real impact and show the world what Canada can do when we truly care. With 120 Billion dollars planned for “social” and “green” infrastructure (what kind of infrastructure is more green or more social than a matrix of bikeways and walkways?), there has been no better time.

To join the discussion on this $2.1B 3-year infrastructure investment,  join us on social media or have a discussion with your councillor, MLA or MP. Tell us about the impact it would have on you and your community. We are grateful for the support, leadership and shared vision of partners at the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Share the Road, Canadian Cancer Society, The Lung AssociationBCCCCAAVeloQuebec, CIBRA and Green Communities Canada as well as the many other organizations who see cycling as central to Canada’s future.

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Written by Anders Swanson
Chair, Canada Bikes

 

We’re hiring! Executive Director Position

Please see the very exciting opportunity below.

Executive Director : Fundraising & Development

Canada Bikes – Canada Bikes is a growing and dynamic non-profit organization providing a strong national voice for everyday cycling in Canada.

Job Purpose – The Executive Director is a contract position commencing September 1, 2016 or earlier and responsible for organizational fundraising and development, the successful leadership and management of Bike Day In Canada, and working with the Board on encouraging the Federal Government to adopt and implement a National Cycling Strategy.

Responsibilities

  • Obtaining core funding for the organization through grants, membership and business contributions that would enable the Executive Director position to continue.
  • Helping Canada Bikes diversify its funding sources and increase financial support for Bike Day In Canada
  • Building relationships with cycling or other organizations and businesses across the country
  • Organizing internal discussions regarding the development of a National Cycling Strategy
  • Participating in strategic planning sessions and member outreach
  • Managing event steering committees for Bike Day in Canada Event
  • Managing the Canada Bikes presence at Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual conference and other key events
  • Developing and reviewing organizational policies and procedures

Qualifications

  • Fundraising experience (grant writing and sponsorship)
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills
  • Networking and coalition building experience
  • Knowledge of government relations, advocacy and campaigning
  • Strong leadership, organizational and program management skills
  • Marketing skills and knowledge of Social Media and other current marketing techniques
  • A good working understanding of cycling and sustainable transportation issues
  • Experience and/or training/degree in a related field is an asset (such as Event Planning, Not-for-Profit Management, Urban Planning or Public Administration)
  • French/English fluency is an asset
  • Location: As the position will involve working with Federal officials, ideally the Executive Director will be either based in Ottawa or able to easily travel there for meetings (i.e.Montreal, Toronto)
  • Experience using Mailchimp, WordPress, Google Docs and Contact/Relationships Management Systems

Compensation: This is contract position start at 20 hours per week for 30 weeks with expectation to extend should both parties agree and funding be available.  Compensation ranges from  from $30 to $40 per hour depending on experience and qualifications.

How to apply

Please forward your resume and a cover letter explaining what excites you about this position to [email protected] with “Executive Director” in the Subject. The deadline is midnight August 1, 2016.

Interviews will be held between August 1 and August 8.

We thank all applicants for your interest, however only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Website: http://www.canadabikes.org/

Stimulus that Sticks: Why Building a Bike Friendly Canada Cannot Wait

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Jan 22 2016
Anders Swanson | @SwansonAnders

Cycling has become a Canadian issue. Sooner or later, the bicycle will play a much bigger role in the lives of all Canadians. It is only a matter of time. Statistically speaking (if you take a moment to look and ask), the vast majority of Canadians are behind us. They/we/you just want to be able to ride everywhere too badly.

Eventually, all levels of government will catch on the enormous mountain of latent demand that exists. Denmark had to work to become Denmark. The Netherlands became bike friendly intentionally. Canada must do the same.

How soon we all get there depends solely on the ability of our governments to understand how cycling works and their willingness to act. We’ve done our best. We have exhorted, explained, and organized. We have ridden, we’ve designed, we’ve presented. A lot of us even brave the torpedoes and go out and ride every day.

But we have reached a threshold where it no longer suffices to shift the impetus onto individual people. We can no longer simply say: “Hey you! Go out there. Go make some healthy choices.” while surrounding our communities in overbuilt infrastrucure that is loud, scary, unsustainable and pushing us further and further apart.

From a scientific standpoint, we now know – without a shred of doubt – that bicycle infrastructure is tied directly to usage levels and safety levels (as if bike-friendly countries with millions of people acting as clear examples for decades wasn’t enough). Want safety? Build it. 

Cycling is a major driver of numerous positive social, environmental and economic shifts, too many to even list. It is an essential service. It is a moneymaker. It is a serious means of transportation already serving millions with the added potential to be the backbone of public transit. When you add up all the benefits. dollar for dollar, what more can you possibly want?

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Cycling has national and even global consequences, and the time has come for all of our governments to do something about it.

Let’s face it. We’ve got serious issues. Luckily, the challenges that cycling infrastructure helps address – think major infrastructure deficits, childhood obesity, serious longterm healthcare sustainability concerns and, well…the future of Planet Earth  (..oh yeah. that..) – are all eminently solvable.

The right solutions simply need to rise to the top. Cycling infrastructure is one of them.

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The reality is this: An individual can build a bike, but she can’t build a bike lane. It is up to the government to make those healthy choices possible. Build it and we will come.

With all the talk about gearing up for more “infrastructure spending”, it is clear that we have an opportunity to do something right this time around. There is a burgeoning general agreement that the status quo no longer works.

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That’s why I, along with passionate members of our volunteer board, gave up a good part of what otherwise could have been a lovely weekend to write what we feel is an important letter to Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. You can read Our Letter to Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities in full here.

The gist: if we’re gonna ramp up, lets make sure there a better, safer more exciting Canada comes out at the other end. We cc’d a whole bunch of hardworking organizations across the country to demonstrate how serious this has become and because we know that, for them to, a bright future for Canada is only possible if get our priorities straight.

The letter itself ends with a call for a national cycling strategy. Going forward, we’re going to need the kind of nuanced and targeted approach that makes cycling thrive all over the world.

Below is an excerpt from that letter: the 5 interim recommendations that would make for a much better Canada.

In order to maximize the benefits of any federal infrastructure investment, we recommend the following:

  1. Prioritize those transportation projects designed to get people moving by sustainable forms of transportation. Canada’s approach to climate change and transportation equity deserves a sense of urgency. It follows that all new infrastructure projects deemed acceptable to the federal government follow strict environmental rules leading to outcomes that help us meet our international obligations.  Similarly, other levels of government do not always have the means to directly recoup the health benefits that cycling offers. Federal infrastructure investment programs are important opportunities to areas of overlapping interest and projects should be approved for federal funding based on their likely impact in areas of federal purvey.
  1. Ensure that, if deemed eligible for federal funding, all new/upgraded roads infrastructure projects include family-friendly protected walking and cycling design.  As investments in new and upgraded infrastructure have a lifespan of decades, it is critical that a complete streets approach be adopted now to ensure that these generational investments eliminate serious injuries and fatalities among people walking and cycling. We must insist upon highway/roadway design that includes protected bike lanes, protected intersections, traffic calming and design best practices known to dramatically reduce the safety risk to Canadians. Cycling facilities cannot be optional. Canada’s 2015 Road Safety Strategy’s ultimate goal is to continue to reduce fatalities and serious injuries caused by collisions on Canada’s roads. No project approved by the federal government should work counter to this goal.
  2. Understand that funding for cycling is integral to any mass transit project. Canadian jurisdictions are just now beginning to realize the need to link cycling infrastructure and transit. The reason for doing so is as simple as providing an exponential increase in effectiveness for any given station or stop. Cycling and transit are mutually dependent and thrive most when approached together. Mass transit represents a major financial investment, thus it is in the federal government’s interest to insist that multi-modal transportation be approached wholistically and that cycling be engrained whenever a mass transit project is proposed.
  1. Provide resources for the expertise needed to design high quality cycling facilities everywhere. Smaller communities in particular often lack the resources to implement leading edge improvements. Other countries are far ahead when it comes to developing national standards, training opportunities and leadership on design best practices. The Federal Government has an important role to play in shaping provincial and municipal policy so that infrastructure for cycling is front and centre of the design of investments, rather than just an add-on or ignored entirely.

5. Provide leadership. As soon as possible, we recommend making a public federal commitment to increasing cycling as a form transportation in Canada. Making verbal public commitments and important gestures are one of the simplest and most inexpensive actions that can be taken by a political entity. Doing so would inspire municipal governments, provincial governments, non-profit organizations, government administration and the people of Canada themselves to do their utmost, knowing that we are united in our purpose.

…but what do you think?

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About the author 
Mr. Swanson is a consultant, writer, mapper, designer and former bicycle mechanic. Recent projects include CounterPoint, BikeWalkRoll and the winter maintenance guidelines for Calgary’s exciting new downtown cycle track system. His volunteer work includes being a proud board member of  The WRENCH and coordinator/designer for international Winter Bike to Work Day. He is the Secretary of the Winter Cycling Federation, coordinator of the Winnipeg Trails Association and current Chair of Canada Bikes.