Transportation: Bike and Pedestrian Safety


ELECTION 2011: COPE'S BIKE AND PEDESTRIAN SAFETY POLICY



As a transportation alternative to travel by bus or car, for urban commuters cycling or walking has emerged as the transportation mode of choice for many of us who travel to work, or simply wish to get around the City in a healthy, inexpensive, socially responsible and environmentally sound manner.

A central tenet of COPE’s platform for change includes pedestrian and bike safety.
At present, the City of Vancouver is working on a 10-year cycling master plan to be incorporated into the City’s Transportation Plan 2040. As a COPE candidate for Vancouver City Council, Tim Louis offers his full support for COPE’s transportation platform, a key element of which involves pedestrian and bike safety.
At a press conference held the morning of Thursday, October 20th, COPE Council candidate Tim Louis told the media …

COPE will ensure that bike safety education, increased cycling infrastructure and better by-law enforcement, are included in the master plan, so that we can create a Vancouver that is accessible to everyone.”

“Pedestrians need to feel safe on the sidewalks, while cyclists need to feel safe on the road. Stopping drivers from speeding down bike ways, and stopping cyclists from biking on sidewalks should be a priority,” said Louis. “This problem can be addressed through meaningful by-law enforcement.”

COPE Park Board Candidate, Brent Granby added to Louis’ statement, saying …
“If cyclists don’t feel safe on the roads, they end up using the sidewalk. This in turn puts pedestrian safety at risk. COPE is committed to improving overall bicycle safety through education, enforcement and infrastructure.”

The Coalition of Progressive Electors is also calling on the City of Vancouver to work with the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia to include training for new drivers on how to respectfully share the road with cyclists.

COPE strongly believes that the bicycle is an excellent form of sustainable transportation and wants to do everything possible to make it an essential component of long-term transportation planning,” added COPE school board candidate Al Blakey, in attendance with COPE Park Board candidate Brent Granby, and COPE candidate Tim Louis, who offered his full support of COPE’s transportation policy.
“You can count on COPE to keep Vancouver moving safely.”

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