FCM Council approves motion asking Federal Government to act on active transportation

In June 2018, at the FCM annual conference in Halifax, FCM council approved this important motion. The decision was nearly unanimous and it is not hard to see why.

Cities and towns across Canada asked the federal government to:

· Improve transportation statistics collected by the federal government to assist municipalities more accurately measure mode share and report on progress on local AT strategies;

· Develop and publish AT policy and infrastructure design guidelines for adoption at the provincial/territorial and municipal level;

· Coordinate the roles and responsibilities of relevant federal departments and agencies; and

· Ensure continued long-term federal investment in AT infrastructure.


The full text can be found below.

What can you do? Send a link to the motion to your MP and ask them what the Government of Canada is doing about it.

Federation of Canadian Municipalities board of directors 2019

Motion Adopted by Federation of Canadian Municipalities. June 2018

WHEREAS, Active Transportation is any form of human-powered transport, especially walking and cycling;

WHEREAS, According to the Public Health Agency of Canada, physical activity has been shown to reduce the risk of over 25 chronic conditions, including coronary heart disease, stroke, hypertension, breast cancer, colon cancer, Type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis;

WHEREAS, About one quarter of Canada’s GHG emissions come from the transportation sector, Canada has the second highest rate of vehicle-kilometres travelled per person amongst OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) member countries, Canada has committed to reduce GHG emissions by 30% below 2005 levels by 2030, and, according to Canada’s December 2017 submission to the United Nations, additional efforts will be required to reach that target;

WHEREAS, Municipalities recognize the social, health, environmental and economic benefits that result when more people walk and cycle;

WHEREAS, Municipalities are integrating pedestrian and cycling infrastructure into long-term transportation and land-use planning, for instance through Complete Streets policies;

WHEREAS, Municipalities, municipal transit authorities and the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) recognize the important linkages between public transit and pedestrian and cycling infrastructure as part of integrated transportation networks;

WHEREAS, Municipalities recognize that making it easier and safer for people to walk and bike achieves important social inclusion benefits, especially for low-income Canadians, children, parents, seniors and persons with disabilities;

WHEREAS, Responding to calls from FCM, the federal government’s Investing in Canada Plan supports municipal investments in Active Transportation (AT) infrastructure, and greater federal leadership on AT policy will help maximize the benefits of joint federal-municipal investments in the near-term;

WHEREAS, Recognizing that municipal governments are best placed to develop local and regional AT strategies, the federal government has jurisdiction over complementary and enabling policy areas including transportation policy, transportation statistics, health policy and the environment, which can support and scale-up existing municipal efforts; now therefore be it

RESOLVED, That the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) call on the Government of Canada to develop and implement a National Active Transportation (AT) Policy that would, at minimum:

· Improve transportation statistics collected by the federal government to assist municipalities more accurately measure mode share and report on progress on local AT strategies;

· Develop and publish AT policy and infrastructure design guidelines for adoption at the provincial/territorial and municipal level;

· Coordinate the roles and responsibilities of relevant federal departments and agencies; and

· Ensure continued long-term federal investment in AT infrastructure.

November 2017 Newsletter

Message from the ED

Dear Members and Supporters of a Bike-Friendly Canada,

My first year as Executive Director has flown by incredibly fast and we can look back together and celebrate many accomplishments this year. You will be able to read about these in this newsletter. The momentum for cycling in Canada has grown and is unstoppable now. From big local victories like Bike Lanes on Bloor Street in Toronto and a bike-friendly bridge in Halifax, to the growing call for federal investment in cycling and walking from our partners like the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment (CAPE). CAPE recently wrote a letter, calling for a National Active Transportation Strategy that was signed by 8 major national health organisations,  and sent to Minister Philpott. Our National Bike Summit, the first of its kind in Canada, was a sold-out event with speakers such as Mayor Lisa Helps of Victoria, Josh Shaw of Lightfoot Bikes and Jean-Francois Pronovost of Velo Quebec, all joining our call for a National Cycling Strategy.

As your ED I have been meeting with numerous federal officials, elected and non-elected. I have met with the Ministries of Environment and Climate Change, Health, Infrastructure and Communities, Transport Canada, the Privy Council Office, Small Business and Tourism and Sports and Persons with Disabilities. I’m developing ties with national stakeholders including the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Canadian Urban Transit Association, Parachute Canada, Cycling Canada, Physical and Health Education Canada, Green Communities Canada (GCC) and the Active School Travel Alliance of Canada (ASTAC). Together with these allies we can get to a #BikeFriendlyCanada. In fact, with GCC and ASTAC we have formed the Active TransportationAlliance, to further our common goal of making Canada a bike and walk friendly country.  

We can’t do this work alone. We need the financial support of all of you that believe in a #BikeFriendlyCanada to do our work and take it to the next level. Please contribute to our campaign by clicking the Support Us Today button below. We are planning a two-day National Bike Summit in Ottawa May 28-29, 2018. Help us make it happen!

Judi Varga-Toth, Executive Director

Support Us Today
We’ve launched an e-petition to support Bill C312: An Act to Establish a National Cycling Strategy. Together, our voices and signatures will show the Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna that we do WANT federal leadership and vision for cycling. Sign today and share.
Bike Shorts…

The​ ​Way​ ​Forward​ ​is​ ​Paved​ ​with​ ​Bike​ ​Lanes:  How investing in cycling infrastructure will make Canadian cities more efficient, our businesses more competitive and lead to billions in reduced health and environmental costs for all of Canada. Read the Canada Bikes full pre-2018 Budget Submission

As referenced above, eight national health organizations have sent a letter to the Federal Minister of Health asking her to invest in the development of a National Active Transportation Strategy.  Signatories to the joint letter include Heart & Stroke, Diabetes Canada, Canadian Cancer Society, The Canadian Lung Association, Asthma Canada, the Alzheimer Society of Canada, Upstream, and CAPE. Kim Perrotta of CAPE created a blog post with details of what Active Transportation can do for Canada.  

Our postal code is a powerful predictor of our health. The design of our cities and neighbourhoods can either help or hinder our physical activity and social interactions, influencing our chances of experiencing poor health outcomes like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Canada will spend over $180 billion on infrastructure over the next 12 years. How will these investments impact our health and wellbeing? Who stands to benefit, and how? These are the big questions motivating all of us at INTERACT (Interventions, Research and Action in Cities Team), a new national research collaboration of scientists, urban planners, and engaged citizens uncovering how major changes and investments in city infrastructure are shaping the health and wellbeing of Canadians from coast to coast. For the full story on the INTERACT Project

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Walk 21 in Calgary – Speed Date Night & Saturday Workshop

Attention active transportation / safe streets advocates! On Wednesday, Sept 20th join Canada Bikes for an evening of networking during the Walk21 Conference in Calgary, Alberta. We invite all members of non-profit advocacy groups, urban planners and anyone interested in active transportation to attend and submit a 2 minute elevator pitch about your current initiative or your base platform to encourage networking with groups from across the country and beyond our borders.

Canada Bikes in alliance with Green Communities Canada (Canada Walks) and National Active and Safe Routes to School will be sharing thoughts and progress on an Active Transportation National Strategy in anticipation of a workshop September 23rd. We will have each group present their vision, and then enjoy some snacks and Alberta brewed beers ($4.00 pints for attendees!) and explore alliances, partnerships, and potential crossover. Please read more about us and register today!

Please also consider joining us on September 23rd for our workshop.

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).

photo L.A.Parry

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