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GNCC technical committee is meeting with top official of the City of Nanaimo this week to discuss plans for more bike and pedestrian infrastructure.

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The Inside Passage Bike Route Project

The proposed bike route on Vancouver Island and the "$1 Billion for Bikes ask" to the government of BC has been getting enormous media attention. In the last week the GNCC has done 6 interviews including the one below with Gloria Macarenko of CBC, BlackPress, IslandRadio and CBC TV- Radio Canada.

Today the rising price of gas and a growing disenchantment with cars, traffic, and the sedentary life styles, have resulted in new interest in different types of vacations and adventures. So a great opportunity to showcase our rural areas on the island.

The hurdle, for local decision makers and business leaders who want to encourage bike tourism, is to avoid the pitfall of classifying bikes as purely recreational, a luxury alternative to the classic Sunday drive. Welcoming bicycle tourists should go beyond a friendly attitude and amenities from business owners, though those two things certainly make a big difference. Bike touring, when it's embraced at a policy level, breaks down the dichotomy between recreation and transportation. After all, bike-minded improvements in infrastructure and enforcement create healthier, more economically sound places not just to visit but to live.

The Climate is Right for Cycling

Communities around the Province have ambitious cycling plans that when completed will enable you and others in your community to safely and comfortably cycle for daily trips instead of driving significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Investing in cycling and walking will also benefit the economy by increasing tourism, reducing healthcare costs, increasing workplace productivity, attracting talented workers and reducing the societal costs of traffic fatalities and injuries.

Cycling is popular with almost 70% of adults in BC riding a bicycle at least once a year. Many want to cycle more with almost 70%, 3 million people, indicating they would ride more if there were separated bike lanes that protected them from traffic. The CRD estimates that building out the cycling network would increase cycling to 15% of all trips while TransLink estimates network buildout will increase cycling to 10% of trips.

Where significant investments have been made, cycling has increased dramatically. Between 2008 and 2014, daily cycling trips by City of Vancouver residents almost doubled increasing from 50,000 to 100,000. In Central Okanagan, daily cycling trips increased by 43% from 2007 to 15,400 in 2013.

We need your help in making Nanaimo more cycling friendly. Join Us.

The Climate is Right for Cycling and Walking

Today the BC Cycling Coalition with support of the GNCC made their submission to the Climate Leadership Plan of the BC Government. Cycling and walking are popular activities that have the potential to grow substantially and thus provide BC communities with more affordable transportation choices and economic opportunities.

With sufficient investment and policy support, cycling and walking can become practical options for many more people, leading to significantly improved fitness and reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, congestion, and traffic fatalities. Investing in cycling and walking will benefit the economy by increasing tourism, reducing healthcare costs, increasing workplace productivity, attracting talented workers, and reducing the societal costs of traffic fatalities and injuries. Click below to see the full 39 page pdf document.

No PST on e-bikes please!

The Greater Nanaimo Cycling Coalition together with the BC Cycling Coalition wants to put efforts in pursuing the BC Government for a PST exemption for e-Bikes. As you might know, bicycles and some bike accessories are PST tax exempt in BC, but e-bikes are not!!! However purchasers of electric cars get a $5000 rebate.
The BCCC proposes two new policy options:

  • Eliminate the PST on e-bikes
  • Provide a rebate, ($200 - $500) on e-bikes
  • In addition we would like to see the following:

  • Require electric outlets in bicycle parking rooms & areas
  • Require electric car recharging spots to accommodate electric bikes as well

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