Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
I will be ordering a Scangauge for myself and will be happy to lend it to people to see how it works.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Here are the two articles; Seattle's Sharrows; Love Em or Hate Em? and
Four Solid Uses for Sharrows
Friday, December 3, 2010
Can you imagine how it might change people's habits if they had a cab meter in their car and they could see their money spent on gas vaporizing each trip they make?! It could be a great tool to compare cost of public transit to a private vehicle. After all we can't convince everyone to ride a bike because it is fun and healthy for you. Some people will react better to the dollars and "sense" approach.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Monday, October 18, 2010
Thanks to Jim Sinclair of the Mirror for the idea "Pedal Points" as the name for the column.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Friday, October 8, 2010
Many people are starting to use electric bicycles and scooters for transportation. I think this is good! Not everyone is able to use a "push bike"( as the term is used in other parts of the world.) It is a much more sustainable way of getting around compared to the automobile in most cases, but there are some safety concerns. Here is an excellent article on Scooter safety by Britt Santowski
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Our driving habits have to change
I wish to thank Don Brown for his letters concerning his near misses on Highway 14. We need to make more people aware of the very narrow margin of error we have to deal with each time we drive the highway. We can come very close to having our lives, or those of other people forever ruined or completely snuffed out, and it can be a matter of inches.
I would love to see all of Highway 14 and Otter Point Road paved with wide shoulders.This is not going to happen right away. It does need to happen for the safety of both cyclists, pedestrians and motorists, but it all costs money. Unfortunately, our government is still not giving cycling and public transit the priority it should. However, even with wide shoulders accidents can still happen. If people drive in an unsafe manner, all the best roads and infrastructures won’t help.
So this is the key. We need to look at our driving habits and realize our responsibility as motorists, cyclists and pedestrians. Education and awareness is very important.Contrary to the belief of some motorists, cyclists do have a right to be on the roads. It is the responsibility of a motorist to slow down and pass a cyclist only when it is safe to pass. Sometimes a cyclist will have to move away from the shoulder and into the main lane to avoid obstacles, so it is best to give a good 1.5 metre clearance.
One of the worst offending groups are truck drivers. (speed and unsafe passing) They are not all bad. Some of the drivers are truly professional and don’t let safety sit in the back seat to productivity. It seems the pressure is on them to get as many loads as possible. Perhaps some of the blame lies with the companies hiring them, but it is ultimately the drivers responsibility, and it will be the driver who will have to live with the fact that they just wiped out and killed someone.
On the drive to Victoria from Sooke, even if you had to slow to pass 10 separate cyclists, how much longer would that take? Maybe two minutes at the very most? Is that too much to ask yourself for a more relaxed drive and knowing that you didn’t risk your or someone else’s life today?
Juan De Fuca Cycling Coalition
I would like to respond to Mr. Makowsky's letter to the editor of last week.
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Some interesting statitics!
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
Bicycles and automobiles have to share the same roads - a recipe for conflict - and many potential cyclists just won't ride in the city because they see it as too dangerous. Add in the plague of bike theft and a lot of cyclists are simply leaving their bikes at home.
Check out the Documentary!
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Here is a link to a good article on bike safety from a blog done by two women. They talk a lot about how to be stylish on bikes and dress normally, but they also have good insights into safety since they are out there everyday on their bikes. This is their web; Let's Go Ride a Bike
I think it is true that we need to make it so that more people are comfortable riding our roads, not just young males in tight lycra shorts! You should feel comfortable sending your children out on their bikes or your grandmother on her 3-wheeler. The more of us out there the better for everyone, even the motorists!
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Pay as you drive auto insurance; This would pro-rate your premiums based on how much you drove in a year. Check out this website and sign the petition if you think it is a good idea.
Some opponents say it is too complicated and requires sophisticated tracking devices in vehicles. Not so! It can be quite simple. When we lived in New Zealand we had to pay road user charges for diesel vehicles based on mileage. It was a simple card that was purchased and displayed in the windscreen and based on odometer readings. Here we could just have the insurance broker check the mileage. This can work!
The other idea is to have a scanguage or similar device installed on all new vehicles and to have some incentive to have people retrofit existing vehicles with one. What this does is to help you monitor your fuel economy and to put an actual fuel cost to every mile or trip that you drive. It would raise people's awareness of the cost of driving and hopefully encourage them to bike, walk, or use public transit!
Friday, August 27, 2010
- Unveiling of the Draft Regional Networks
- Ideas for Transit Integration
- Proposed End of Trip Facilities
- Keynote: Jessica Roberts explores ways to market walking and cycling to CRD residents
Thursday, August 19, 2010
We will not be having bike lanes all the way, but here is what will be happening as per Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure;
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
Follow up to proposals to Victoria Transit Commission regarding Bikes on Buses and increased carrying capacity
Here is a copy of the original proposal
In my view there are many reasons why these ideas might be difficult to implement, but if there was the demand for such services and people spoke loud enough, I am sure solutions could be found. There just has to be a full committment to really integrating cycling and public transit. Yes it will cost money in some cases, but some of it will involve nothing more than a shift in thinking and setting different priorities.
Here is a link to the Victoria Transit Commission report. Decide for yourself if this item is dead in the water or not! I personally feel that we need to keep pushing for this!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
- Pilot project to allow bikes on board buses on the Sooke-Victoria and Victoria- Swartz Bay run during summer weekends.
- Retro-fit these same routes with racks capable of carrying 3 bikes
- Create a policy of allowing folding bikes on board all buses
All of these proposals were received very well and John Luton was there as well, speaking in support of improving the Cycling/Transit interface and supporting our proposals.
It looks like they will try the Pilot Project and allow folding bikes as well. We should know by the May Transit Commission meeting. The 3 Bike racks have some technical challenges but they will be looking into this as well, though it might take a bit longer to implement. The BC Transit staff was given direction to look into all these proposals and report back in May.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Here is a link to the proposals that we are presenting.
Please take the time to read them, then if you support these proposals, print, fill out and sign the Letter of Support, and then scan and email back to firstname.lastname@example.org or send via snail-mail. Alternatively, you can post the Petition at you place of work, and get many people to sign. That can be sent back via email as well, or contact Stephen to arrange a pick up. I would like to have all our names back by the 1st week of March.
Note; If you want to print any of these documents, it is better to download them to get the proper formatting as a Word Document. (Google Docs loses some of the formatting)
Juan De Fuca Cycling Coalition
2179 Henlyn Dr.
Sooke, BC V9Z 0N5
The more people we have showing support for this, the more likely it will happen. These initiatives have benefits for all communities served by BC Transit
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The term ‘peak oil’ is the buzz word that has been gathering attention from circles as diverse as environmentalists and big business. It’s a future whose reality will soon be upon us. The February Awareness Film Night will take us in for a deeper look at both the ramifications and possibilities. ‘The Age of Stupid’ is being co-sponsored by the Juan de Fuca Cycling Coalition. This film is a hindsight look at global warming. The film takes place in a futuristic world (2055), a world that didn’t heed the warnings of global scientists. Our narrator shows us the path that led to the catastrophic effects of global warming using a series of vignettes; a string of news clips and reports from modern day. All strung together these vignettes give a portrait of a convoluted issue, revealing the social, political and environmental issues that surround our oil dependence. It’s not just a matter of turning off the carbon tap; it’s redefining how the global village interacts.
The Juan de Fuca Cycling Coalition sees some definite opportunities for cycling in new and old forms taking a role in adapting to more sustainable transportation. Taking a closer look at the possibilities the future holds, the intent is to bring together concerns for the age beyond peak oil and ideas for sustainable communities. Armed with knowledge and ideas, we can in fact create a future to bestow upon our children with deep pride. We're in the very enviable position of having Guy Dauncey speak after the film. Guy is sought after as a keynote speaker globally. You'll understand why when you hear his presentation. It's called profound insight and the ability to stir people’s deepest dreams into action. This film leaves one with a feeling of being overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude and complexity of an issue that’s rocketing the planet ever closer to the point of no return. Guy Dauncey's talk and his inspiring vision replaces the sense of overwhelm with concrete initiatives and fills us with the strength of a vision that can take us beyond the tipping point into a bold new world that has broken it’s fossil fuel bonds. A packed theater and attendance by our community leaders for fruitful discussion afterwards is something to look forward to.
Guy’s new book; The Climate Challenge; 101 Solutions to Global Warming will also be available at the film presentation.
EMCS Theater, Sooke.
Wednesday, Feb.17, 2010
Admission by donation.
Click here for a MAP
Friday, January 22, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Check out the article from the Sooke Mirror. I also had a good meeting with Manuel Achadinha this past Friday. There seem to be some technical challenges for getting a 3-Bike rack on the buses, but they are open to ideas and looking for alternatives. We also hope to get approval to allow folding bikes onboard the buses. The other big plan is to start a pilot project of allowing regular bikes onboard buses on certain runs. It would start out to be weekend runs between Victoria and Sooke, and possibly Sidney and the Ferry Terminal, this summer. That would allow larger groups and families to come to Sooke with their bikes to pedal the Goos, explore the Potholes and town area as well as Mountain Bikers to come ride in the hills! It would also allow folks from Sooke to take their bikes downtown for a day in the big city!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
There is also a small bike rack next to the shelter. The plans are for getting some covered bike racks as well in the near future.
I am very pleased with the enthusiasm and interest all the BC Transit staff are taking in encouraging the Cycle/Transit interface infrastructures.
I also hope to be meeting with the head of BC transit soon to discuss some other projects. He is also very keen on improving the ridership by encouraging people out of their cars. I believe he has a very good vision of how things will hopefully become; much more pedestrian and bike friendly in all our communities.
Here is something that we might want to start seeing on some of roads to help drivers share their precious road space!
This comes from The Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTDC) in the US
I will be taking the course if I can get the time off. Also there will be single day adult bike courses available later in the spring in conjunction with Bike to Work Week.
If anyone is interested contact;
Bike to Work Victoria
Bike Skills Course Coordinator
250-744-4073 Home office
250-920-5775 Office (leave message)