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Have your say to make communities more walkable, bike friendly

Icy roads and -10 degrees Celsius? No problem as long as you are dressed property and have your snow tires on. This cyclist was making his way along Third Avenue Thursday morning, probably on his way to work. Bill Phillips photo

British Columbians are encouraged to share their ideas to make walking, cycling and other kinds of active transportation safer, easier and more attractive.

“We know that people are looking for ways to get around without having to use their cars,” said Claire Trevena, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “We’re keen to hear what people think about building better, safer and smarter active transportation networks that work for people of all ages and abilities.”

Active transportation – whether it is on foot, bike, skateboard or wheelchair – gives people more options to get to their destinations safely and efficiently. By improving access to active transportation, people can be helped to get out of their cars, helping to relieve congestion, improve air quality and reduce pollution.

The Active Transportation Strategy is part of the provincial government’s CleanBC plan, launched last year to put B.C. on the path to reduce pollution, power the future with clean energy and create new opportunities for people in a sustainable, low-carbon economy.

“CleanBC initiatives like this will make cleaner transportation options more convenient, available and affordable for people, so we can all be part of creating a stronger, healthier province,” said Trevena.

Over the next six weeks, people are encouraged to participate online and share ideas on ways to make active transportation options more convenient and easier to use – including bike lanes, walking paths and connections to transit. In addition to the online discussion, Spencer Chandra Herbert, MLA for Vancouver-West End, and staff from the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure will lead conversations with local planners and Indigenous communities throughout the province.

“Together, we can build a better, safer and more active B.C. for ourselves, our kids and our grandchildren, while driving down climate change emissions,” said Chandra Herbert, who will advise the minister on active transportation issues. “I’m excited to hear and share great ideas from across B.C. so we can better connect the places where we live, work, learn and play with infrastructure that supports active transportation, and support changes to make getting around safer for all.”

All feedback received will result in a provincial approach with measures to support new infrastructure, education and incentive programs, and safety improvements for people using active transportation.

Comments are being accepted until 4 p.m. on April 15, 2019, at: https://engage.gov.bc.ca/activetransportation/

 

 

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