June 2011, Translink unveiled its regional cycling strategy entitled
“Cycling for Everyone”. It is an “ambitious plan to increase cycling
and improve cycling safety.”
The plan focuses on two main goals:
to get more people cycling more often so that, by 2040, 15% of all
trips less than 8 kilometers are made by bicycle.
make cycling feel safer so that, by 2040, 50% of all cycling trips are
made by females. Cycling is safer so that, by 2040, 50% fewer people
are killed or seriously injured while cycling.
I agree with
the two goals. This is one of those rare times Translink has come up
with an inexpensive solution to reduce congestion and get people
motivated to leave their cars at home.
According to Translink,
less than 2% of all trips less than 8km in Burnaby are made by bicycle.
Of those trips only about one quarter of those trips are by women.
Metro Vancouver, funding for bicycle facilities and programs over the
past decade has amounted to less than 1% of regional
In 2011, Burnaby budgeted a paltry
$487 020 (1.67% of money spent on transportation improvements) for its
bike program . Meanwhile council has set aside $28.7 million for roads
and traffic management.
There is a clear relationship between
proportion of money spent on bicycle infrastructure and bicycle
ridership, If the City took cycling seriously, we could reduce
congestion during peak hours. A safe cycling network could reduce
congestion around schools and reduce our dependence on cars for those
short trips to the store or worksite.
The personal choice
to cycle more often is influenced by many factors which include the
weather, convenience, safety, geography and physical health and
fitness. While government cannot influence the weather or geography of
the community, it can significantly make cycling more convenient and
safe. In addition, through information campaigns and event
sponsorships, municipal governments can help change people’s attitudes
With innovation in electric bike and
electric assisted bike technology, proper rain gear and appropriate end
of trip facilities, cycling will be a realistic and convenient choice
for many commuters in Burnaby.
(October 2, 2011)
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