I Want to Ride My Bicycle
gets the lowdown on future cycling plans
Richard Campbell (l to r), Kati
Tamashiro and Richard Dredel spoke at the Chilliwack Cultural Centre
Saturday. Below, Coun. Jason Lum speaks on behalf on the City of Chilliwack.
and municipal governments want us to ride bicycles so much that the
Ministry of Transportation (MOT) plans to pony up $20 million over
the next 3 years through their "BC on the Move" program. Pocket
change considering that since 2001, they've spent $220 million.
it's all part of the government's "Climate Leadership Plan" to
reduce greenhouse gases and get people more active. Now they're
talking our language.
This year, $6.5 million has been spent on 25 projects in 23
communities through BikeBC's cost-sharing plan. Included in the
blueprints, are bike lockers and more places to tie up.
Good times. Next year, $19 million has been allocated to enhance the
province's cycling infrastructure such as bike lanes, multi-use
paths and trails, as well as cycling/pedestrian bridges. BC is no
slouch when it comes to cycling. According to the government's 2015
"Bikenomics" report, over 150,000 cycle-tourists travel the province
Emcee Brad Hagkull (l) kept
the show going with some of his humour. Below, RCMP officer Nicole
shares some laughs with an attendee.
Funds are available through MOT. However, to be considered, local
governments must describe how their project encourages cycling,
increases safety, and contributes to increased physical activity and
healthy living as part of their "Active Community" plans. The
ministry also looks at how projects can increase cycle tourism
are accepting applications for next year’s BikeBC program now and
with this earlier intake, we’ll be able to provide funding decisions
to municipalities earlier, which allows them to get started on their
cycling projects sooner," said Minister of Transportation and
Infrastructure Todd Stone. "And with the funding boost of $2 million
next year, local governments will have more opportunities to make
their communities safer for cyclists and encourage more residents to
use cycling for commuting and for recreation."
The deadline for 2017-18 applications is Dec. 16.
On Saturday, about 75 people, mostly over 50-years-old, turned out
at the Cultural Centre to hear three speakers reveal plans for
cycling in Chilliwack:
• Richard Dredel, Dredel Transportation
• Richard Campbell,
• Kati Tamashiro, City of Vancouver
The forum was emceed by local teacher and wheelchair basketball
coach, Brad Hagkull. Each speaker described the concept of how
adding "buffered" cycle lanes and paths, to the existing 220km
bicycle-friendly routes, would encourage more people to saddle up
for at least for some of their transportation needs. However, the
speakers couldn't answer how much money has been allocated for
Christmas came early for
three winners of the prizes. Below, emcee Brad Hagkull kept things
The speakers also advocated "rail trails" along railroad tracks in
Chilliwack. It's hard to say just how "safe" those paths would be.
Some of the comments from the audience were about how renegade
cyclists are everywhere. On sidewalks and crosswalks, without lights
or helmets. Police say they are targeting some of the BMX'ers with
disregard for the laws and running rampant over the downtown at all
hours of the day and night.
officer Nicole, told The Voice that BC-wide fines for riding
without a helmet are $29 – far too low say some.
Some generous prizes given away at the Cultural Centre including a
Pedal Sport, a goodie bag of of bicycle gear from
and a high end helmet from
Vedder Mountain Bike Co.
Repairs and safety inspections were also available on-site.
To learn more about the BC on the Move program, visit
Locally, more information is available regarding CycleVision on the
City's website at
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