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Right to Bike

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Transcript of Right to Bike

Youth & Active Transportation
what are the issues facing youth?
Benefits of cycling

why get kids biking to school and beyond?
Right to Bike
provincial youth cycling education framework
Environment
Safety
Although 65% of children live within a 30-minute walk of their school, only 35 per cent actually walk on a regular basis.
If just
nine families
participate regularly in a Walking School Bus over the course of a school year, they can collectively
prevent almost 1,000 kg of carbon dioxide from being released into the atmosphere.
Greens Community Canada
Active and Safe Routes to School
In vancouver, 1 in 5 elementary schools fall within the 75 meter exposure danger zone.
Education
Increased Concentration
Decrease ADHD tendencies
Alert/ Ready to learn
Community
58% of parents walked to school when they were kids, only 28% of their children walk to school today.
Health
7% of 5- to 11-year-olds
in Canada, and
4% of 12- to 17- year
olds, meet the Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Children and Youth, which recommend at least
60 minutes
of daily Moderate to Vigerous Physical Activity.
Questions?
How can increasing cycling levels relieve some of these concerns?


What barriers do you face in encouraging youth to bike?

Health

-70% of the students feel their ability to bike in traffic improved or greatly improved
-The number of bikes locked up at schools doubles on average one month post-course


In class and on road skills training in schools give youth the skills and confidence needed to ride their bikes safely, confidently and joyfully 

Cycling Education
Avg. Trips per week
91% of Streetwise participants said the course prepared them to cycle more often

142% increase in cycling post-course

New York City


Pucher 2011: http://policy.rutgers.edu/faculty/pucher/TRA960_01April2011.pdf

Benefits of cycling why get kids biking to school?

Benefits of cycling why get kids biking to school?

Higher levels of cycling creates happy, healthier, more connected communities. Getting on a bike means:

improved physical and heart health
improved air quality
reduced stress



In class and on road skills training for youth from elementary to secondary schools gives youth the skills and confidence needed to ride their bikes safely, confidently and joyfully 

142% increase in cycling post-course

Making the case the effect of promotion and education

what are the impacts of education and promotion?
Making the Case
infrastructure alone
+50% add programming
+200%

photo: Chicago Bicycle Program

The effect of promotion and education on rates of cycling
Questions?
What are some of the concerns about or barriers for youth and active transportation in your community / job ?
1.
Cycling courses present an opportunity for youth to practice traffic safety skills, and use bikes to teach how to interact carefully with other road users.
Safety
Studies show that not only do more cyclists and pedestrians mean fewer cars, but they also cause drivers to change their behaviour and become more safety conscious.
University of New South Wales
Stranger Danger
Traffic Safety
• The traffic caused by drivers dropping off kids at school has been found to represent between 20 and 25 percent of all morning traffic
The consistent number one and two reason why parents do not let their child walk or bike to school is because they are "not old enough" or "they cannot walk alone"
"I won't let [my son] go to the restroom by himself" and "I do not let [my kids] go out by themselves in the yard, not even the front yard."
Parental fears of stranger danger have been an important factor that has helped drive a generation of children indoors.
Our fear of safety has become "unsafe"
Speed
Vehicle speeds predict both the
frequency
as well as the
severity
of pedestrian injuries.
5% die - struck by a vehicle traveling 32 km/h
40% die - struck by a vehicles traveling 48 km/h
80% die - struck by a vehicles traveling 64 km/h
Car centered parents = lost generation of cyclists
What impact does this have?
community connectedness / awareness / navigation / independence
Neighbours
Less park & street play
Loss form of "alternative travel" as an adult
Physical
Mental
Suicide is the second leading cause of death among young people after motor vehicle accidents.
Healthy Children = Healthy Cities
Car trips encourage the epidemic of decreased physical activity & increased sedentary behaviour amongst our children.
2.
3.
children who walk of cycle to school accumulate up to
45 more
minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity each week compared to children who are driven.
active transportation has been shown to...
improve fitness and heart health
reduce stress
provide social opportunities
create happier and more relaxed youth
...which contributes to a child's overall physical and mental health
Environment
Active Healthy Kids Canada
Safety
In
Numbers
for adults
in schools
Post-course:
Numbers compiled by
A great example: 10-30% of funding must go towards non-infrastructure components such as
Policy Changes
Local
Examples
City of New West:
City of Surrey:
Bike ed for majority of grade 5-6 students since 2011
Bike ed for
all
grade 4-5 students from 2013-14 school year on
Scout Gray,
School Cycling Education
HUB – Your Cycling Connection
Right to Bike Working Group Member
scout@bikehub.ca

Kerry Hamilton, MSc.
Community Programs Manager
HASTe BC – Hub for Active School Travel
Right to Bike Working Group Member
kerry@hastebc.org

The Profile of Cycling is Rising in BC

Tom Louie, P.Eng.
Director of Facilities & Transportation, Abbotsford School District

"With parents driving more and more we have removed bike racks from schools and put them into storage at our works yard... Kids do not bike to school . ”


Generating
Cyclist

Accessible

Trusted

Cycling training that is:

What is missing/needed?

Consistent

Effective

3) Demonstration Project

1) Review &
Recommendations

BC Lung
Fraser Health

Cycling BC
Pedalheads
VACC/HUB
Comox Valley
Cycling Coalition
Alta

Society for Children&Youth
ThinkFirst BC
Sea to Sky Clean Air Society

Translink
ICBC
City of Vancouver
Sustainable Transportation Coalition

British Columbia School Trustee Association
Vancouver School Board
SD40- New Westminster

Health

BC Bike Ed. Groups

Organizations

Schools
Eng/Transportation

Canada

International

1) Review & Recommendations
Workshop Highlights

The Vancouver Courier touted the bicycle as its biggest news maker of 2010.
TransLink's 30 year plan relies on cycling to support a straining public transit system to help reduce car use to less than 50% of trips.
Current State of
Cycling in BC

Standards Manual

Education, Promotion, Programming
218% increase in Bike to Work Week attendance since 2007
2) Standards & Accreditation
4) Evaluation
5) Provincial Roll-out
Right to Bike
Framework
Questions
Goals & Outcomes
But where are the bikes?
Cycling
Culture
The Provincial Government has invested over $100 million in the last 10 years on cycling infrastructure across BC.
Cycling Future
Infrastructure
Provincial Cycling Investment n BC
95 % Infrastructure
5% Promotion
0% Education
eg. BikeBC Cycling Infrastructure
eg. Bike to Work Week
Sponsorship Letter of Support
Two Full Day Workshop
on Jan 21st and 22nd , 2013
Supported in part by
ICBC, TransLink & BC Ferries
Representatives from
14 different communities in BC
40 Cycling Education Stakeholders
in BC attended

Standards developed based on best practices; scientific evidence; and stakeholder input, feedback and consensus

Funding from City of Vancouver to run trainings at all 3 proficiency levels at schools in the same urban neighbourhood in Fall 2013

Working with Comox Valley Cycling Coalition on a rural proof of concept for Spring 2014

Plan to establish a
non-profit society
to own the brand, standard and materials
Name change:
BikeRight
Advocacy –
Briefing letters
to relevant Ministers
Working with Ministry Staff to include Cycling Education in provincial
cycling investments
Funding
applications to support more communities that have already expressed interest.
Working in collaboration with other cycling education stakeholders in the country
(Bikeability, Share the Road, Making Tracks, PHE Canada)

Demonstration Project
Urban
Rural
Next Steps & Roll-out
1.
Where is cycling education on your priorities?

Do you support Right to Bike? If so, how do you envision implementing /supporting it?

Barriers?
2.
Project BEAT
The Built Environment
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