Support for a national cycling strategy

Federal MP, and year-round cyclist, Gord Johns (Member of Parliament for Courtenay-Alberni) is advancing Bill C-312 (the National Cycling Strategy Act). I believe Regina should join the handful of cities across Canada that have already endorsed the Bill. Here's the motion I'll be bringing to City Council later this month asking for support for C-312. You can read the language of Bill C-312 on-line.

WHEREAS the Official Community Plan (OCP) prioritizes “Creating Better, and More Active Ways of Getting Around”;

WHEREAS the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) recognizes “Action Transportation” as possessing social, environmental, and economic benefits;

WHEREAS cycling and bike infrastructure are central elements of “Action Transportation” options;

WHEREAS the Federal Government is committing billions of dollars to public infrastructure and transportation;

WHEREAS a national cycling strategy is required to assist provinces and municipalities in achieving their respective active transportation objectives;

WHEREAS Bill C312: An Act to Establish a National Cycling Strategy is being advanced by federal MP Gord Johns (Member of Parliament for Courtenay-Alberni);

WHEREAS the Bill C312 has been endorsed and supported by the Village of Cumberland, the Cities of Victoria, Toronto, Port Alberni, the Mayor of Watson in Ottawa, in addition to cycling advocacy groups;

BE IT RESOLVED that City Council write to Gord Johns, Member of Parliament, the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transportation, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment, and the Honorable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety, to encourage the passage and implementation of Bill C-312, the National Cycling Strategy Act.

Respectfully submitted,

Councillor Andrew Stevens