I spoke to Jonina Campbell about the Green Party’s policy on accessible cycling. The 41st British Columbia general election will be held on 9 May, 2017, to elect members of the Legislative Assembly in the Canadian province of British Columbia. Traditionally a two-horse race between the Liberals and the NDP, this year we have a viable third choice in the Greens, led by Andrew Weaver.
UBC Political Science Prof. Richard Johnston says of the Greens: “They are the random element on the landscape.” This year the Green Party has a good chance of winning some seats. Their platform includes free daycare for kids under three, a doubling of the carbon tax, and a transition of BC’s economy to cleaner technologies.
I happened to meet New Westminster Green Party candidate Jonina Campbell down on New Westminster Quay this morning. I took the opportunity to ask her about her policy on accessible cycling in New Westminster.
As we all know, there is little about New Westminster cycling that is AAA (Accessible to All Ages and Abilities). Very challenging terrain and very few physically separated bike lanes ensure that cycling is simply not possible for most people, notably not for children.
I cannot remember ever seeing a child cycling in New Westminster, except of course down on the Quay, where there is safe cycling for all (as I wrote about here). But it is pretty much unthinkable for most children to cycle to school in New Westminster, and that is just plain wrong. If we want to raise a healthier next generation, we are going to have to make active transit safe and fun.
In any event, here is what Jonina Campbell had to say on the subject.
So there you have it: imagine a future where the children of New Westminster could walk, cycle and roller blade to school. That’s a future I would love to see!
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