Rupert Runners Signs 'Communities on the Move Declaration'

Rupert Runners running club has signed the BC Alliance for Healthy Living’s Communities on the Move Declaration. Way to go Rupert Runners! The Declaration is meant to encourage the provincial government to make investments that support active, connected and healthy communities.

The club released a statement explaining its decision to join the 100+ community groups and municipalities endorsing the Declaration. “We believe that our streets should be safe and accessible for everyone, not only for people who run, but also for people of all ages and abilities who walk, use mobility aids, such as wheelchairs, ride bicycles, take the bus and drive automobiles.”

Click on the statement to read the complete text. Visit the BCAHL’s website for more information on the Communities on the Move Declaration and to sign it yourself.

"I'm connecting with the environment and connecting with the community...." An Interview with Michael Yue

CS4PR: Hi, I’m here with…

Michael: Hi. I’m Michael Yue and I actually just moved here from Vancouver and I’m a new itinerant teacher with the school district.

CS4PR: Welcome! So Michael, you told me that you sold your car six months ago. Can you tell me more about that?

Michael: Yeah, so I used to own a 1984 Toyota Celica. You know it’s a quite old car. …What I noticed is that, especially in Vancouver, I got frustrated driving around with traffic. And I realized that I really enjoyed cycling. In addition, my car insurance was high and gas was quite expensive, and I’m like, you know what? We live in a connected city and you can bike anywhere in Vancouver. So, I decided to sell and got an electric bike, which is great for the hills. The one thing that really changed, personally, is that whenever I need to go somewhere, it’s very uplifting. It’s not like I’m dreading the drive there. I actually look forward to the ride. As I’m riding, I’m connecting with the environment and connecting with the community and I get to feel much more around my surroundings. So I’m really enjoying this experience. It’s been six months so far. So far in Prince Rupert the electric assist is very nice ‘cause there are quite a bit of hills. I haven’t had any issues with it so far. And since Prince Rupert is quite a dense city for its size, you can get to places from here and there. I also see avid cyclists around. So overall, it has been a great experience.

CS4PR: What could make your cycling experience better here in Prince Rupert?

Michael: I think the main thing is talking about how dark it gets and the one concern that I do have, and I am mindful of, is that there’s often very limited visibility. So when I’m cycling, I always try to wear reflective gear and turn on my lights. It usually helps, but the one thing I’m extremely mindful of is parked cars. I usually try to stay a metre and a half away because there were a couple of occasions where the door would just swing out open and it’s just being mindful of what context you’re biking in. So I feel like as long as you are biking defensively rather than aggressively, that makes a better biking experience. I also tend to stick to the more less traffic areas. So if possible, I would go around side streets or even neighborhoods and, even though it might take one minute more, often the riding experience is much better.

CS4PR: So, you’re saving money on gas, insurance and the expenses related to owning a car. You also feel happier commuting by bicycle. What advice would you give someone who’s considering an e-bike?

Michael: Definitely do your research. There are many e-bikes out there but each one is best suited for a particular lifestyle and climate. When I started looking at e-bikes, the top five things I looked for were affordability, reliability, waterproofing, heavy duty, and quality. Starting out with a priority list allows you to specify viable e-bike options. Two things you should never overlook are the battery specifications and motor strength as these ultimately dictate the performance levels of your bike.

CS4PR: Thank you very much!

CS4PR Co-Sponsors 2018 Cannery Road Race

Road runners spend countless hours pounding the pavement around Prince Rupert. Adequate sidewalks and crossings with good visibility are important for staying safe while running on our streets. Therefore, to help spread of the word of safe, accessible and enjoyable mobility, Complete Streets for Prince Rupert proudly co-sponsored the 2018 Cannery Road Race.

For coverage of the race, including race photos and a brief video, follow the link to The Northern View’ story. For race results, visit Rupert Runners.

CS4PR’s Logo on Race T-shirt

CS4PR's Seafest Survey In The News

Read the our recent coverage in The Northern View: Complete Streets for Prince Rupert survey finds that Prince Rupert wants Protected bike paths

See below for our summary and link to full report.

SUMMARY

Complete Streets for Prince Rupert conducted a survey at Seafest, 2018.  The survey found that people firstly choose to drive and secondly walk downtown.  People also reported that protected bicycle paths and better visibility would make it easier to walk or cycle downtown.

"I enjoy life by cycling every day." An Interview with Curtis Bolton

On a recent beautiful day, CS4PR had the honour of interviewing a local Prince Rupert legend, Curtis Bolton.

CS4PR: Hi Curtis!  Please tell us about yourself.

Curtis:  Hi. Curtis Bolton.  Born and raised in Prince Rupert.  Originally from Masset. Finished high school in ‘82.  Started working roofing at 20 years old. Did roofing for 10-15 years.  Now I’m a full-time bottle collector. Got hit twice by two cars. First one, split my helmet right in half and the second one... I was lucky I put it backwards or else I would have broke my nose.

CS4PR: Curtis, when did you start riding your bicycle?

Curtis:  I started doing this about 15 years ago after I had a mild heart attack.  And ever since then, been on the bike. Don’t drink. Don’t smoke.

CS4PR:  So you started riding your bicycle for your health.

Curtis:  That’s right.  And now that I got grandkids, I’d like to see them all before I kick the bucket.

CS4PR:  What do you think would make it easier for your grandkids to ride their bikes around?

Curtis:  It’d make it easier if we had bike lanes in the city.  Like Terrace. Like Vancouver. I’ve seen their bike lanes in Vancouver.  They’re awesome. And the people who cross into the bike lanes, they get fined.  And that’s what we need around here. For our safety, the adults' and the kids'. There’re so many kids now riding bikes, especially when the summer’s coming, eh?  Ya. Other than that, I love riding. I’m healthy all my life. I played basketball, soccer.

CS4PR: What has cycling done for you?

Curtis:  It has done lots.  Puts food on the table for me.  Pays my rent. Gives the kids money when they need it.  I have four daughters all grown and I love them dearly.

CS4PR: So people see you carrying a lot of cans and bottles with your trailer.  Can you tell us about that?

Curtis:  Oh yeah. They stop right in the middle of traffic.  They’ll honk at me, “Curtis! Do you want empties?” “Sure!  I’ll take ‘em!” Every day. Seven days a week, except I guess Sunday off for resting.  But I love my job. I’m a part-time roofer. Last year roofing. Be 57 this year. And I enjoy life by cycling every day.

CS4PR: Do you have a message for the people of Prince Rupert?

Curtis:  Oh yes. I’d like to thank all the people of Prince Rupert for supporting me through my bottle collection and get on board.  And you for making it safe for the kids and for us to ride in the city.

CS4PR: Thank you so much, Curtis!

Curtis:  Thank you and have a good day!

CS4PR Receives Lions Club Donation of $800

Complete Streets for Prince Rupert is grateful for the Lions Club of Prince Rupert's generous donation of $800.  We are happy that the Lions Club shares Complete Streets for Prince Rupert's goal of safer, more accessible and more enjoyable streets for everyone. 

Complete streets are streets designed to be safe and accessible by people of all ages, abilities and modes of travel.  This money will be used to further promote the concept of complete streets in Prince Rupert.  Specifically, the money will be spent on banners, stickers and other promotional material to be shared at Seafest, 2018.  

Everyone, no matter their age, ability or mode of travel, has the right to safe mobility.  Cities all over North America are proving that walkable and bikable communities are healthier, happier and more prosperous.

We look forward to continuing to partner with the Lions Club of Prince Rupert for the benefit of our community. 

Thank you!

CS4PR Partners with Transition Prince Rupert

"The Transition Prince Rupert Board is happy to announce a new partnership with Complete Streets for Prince Rupert. At least one member of Transition Prince Rupert’s Board of Directors has participated in Complete Streets since its inception, and we are now formalizing the partnership to cooperate and support each other on shared goals. This partnership will enable Complete Streets to apply for funding within Transition Prince Rupert’s organizational umbrella, and work towards improving our community’s neighbourhoods and streets."

CS4PR Members Chris & Emma Appear On Local News Video Podcast

Complete Streets for Prince Rupert members, Chris and Emma had the honour of appearing on The Northern View's weekly video podcast to discuss complete streets and the Federal government's survey, Let’s Talk Vulnerable Road Users and Heavy Vehicles Safety Measures.  Other topics included an update CS4PR's Intersection Improvement Project

Click on the image to view the podcast (The Complete Streets portion begins at 6:30 of the video.).

CS4PR Response to Federal Survey on Vulnerable Road Users

On March 16, 2018, the Government of Canada launched a survey titled, Let’s Talk Vulnerable Road Users and Heavy Vehicles Safety Measures.  The survey is "an online public consultation to gather comments and input on strategies and preventive measures to better protect cyclists and pedestrians around heavy vehicles."  Our responses are copied below.

Q1 – What information or safety measures do you feel are missing from the report?

There was no information about priority hierarchy of road users. In terms of public health promotion and safety for vulnerable road users around heavy vehicles, priority should be thus: firstly walkers, runners, cyclists, taxis & public transit, delivery vehicles, car sharing and lastly private automobiles. Where there is a conflict between safety for vulnerable road users and economic impact of limiting movement of trucks, safety for VRUs first. This hierarchy should help guide decisions.

The Moving Beyond Zero (Sweden) initiative was not addressed. "The public health and quality of life benefits of active mobility need to be given a more prominent role in the traffic safety discourse and in the socioeconomic models used for assessing infrastructure initiatives."

Q2 – What published evidence (e.g. studies, reports) would help improve this report?

Smart Growth America's report on 37 different Complete Streets project outcomes from across USA - Safer Streets, Stronger Economies 

Q3 – Please provide general comments on the report and its contents

Why are there no public health representatives on the Steering Committee? It seems that only bodies that represent the interests of motor vehicles are on the Steering Committee while pedestrian and cycling advocates are relegated to the Advisory panel.

The Steering Committee, co-chaired by the Government of Alberta and Transport Canada, is comprised of individuals with decision-making authority and assembled with representatives from Transport Canada, provincial/territorial governments and jurisdictions including the Transportation Association of Canada(TAC) and Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) has also agreed to lend their assistance.

Federal Government Seeks Public Feedback On Pedestrian & Cyclist Safety

It seems Transport Canada is focusing on the safety of vulnerable road users around 'heavy' vehicles (i.e., trucks and buses) and they want to hear from YOU!  

While we are happy that the Federal government announced it is committed to improving safety for pedestrians and cyclists and we are pleased that the government is considering Complete Streets as part of its plan, it would have been nice if the government had acknowledged that vulnerable road users need increased protection from automobiles in general, not just trucks and buses.

Follow this link to give your feedback on their draft report or read about it in The Northern View.