we have started a letter campaign to the city to persuade them to treat bikes as the more environmentally friendly vehicles that they are.(compared to cars and SUV)
we would like the same rules that Toronto has adopted towards bikes
"Toronto's City Council was swayed by arguments that motorized two-wheelers are easier on the environment and help reduce gridlock. As a result, in the city of Toronto, all motorcycles and scooters can park in metered spots on the street for free!"
send email letter to
form letter you may use...
Dear Mayor Sullivan and Councillors,
While Vancouver is a leader on many environmental issues, I believe that you have neglected an environmental transportation option that should be broadly encouraged.
Scooters and motorbikes not only have better fuel efficiency than hybrids, but they require a great deal less material to produce (350 lbs versus 2000 lbs). This material (steel, plastics) requires mining (with huge environmental impact, including greenhouse gases), transportation of raw material (greenhouse gases), energy to form (again, greenhouse gases), fresh water, and the use of other chemicals (e.g. chlorine in the production of PVC, which can then leak into the environment and damage ecosystems). The two-wheeled options also require less land, energy and materials for parking, roads and other infrastructure.
I would like to see the following implemented for scooters and motorbikes:
1. Easier parking for scoots/bikes downtown and in other locations with meters (e.g. sidewalk spaces, more specialized street parking, etc.) Examples of initiatives can be found in many other cities, including Toronto
2. Allow motorized 2-wheelers to use designated bus lanes along with bicycles
3. Programs to encourage private lots to provide scoot/bike parking. Besides having no discount/spaces for the smaller vehicles, many of these lots only have "display on the dash" tickets, which do not work with scoots/bikes.
4. Less expensive yearly street parking permits (currently the same as for cars, while you can park 4-6 bikes in the space of one car)
The current available motorcycle/scooter parking is very limited compared to Toronto, which is not even as scooter-friendly in terms of weather and licensing. As Vancouver has one of the best climates for scooters and motorbikes in the country, I would like to see the city take advantage of this to promote the environmental advantages of two-wheeled transportation.
I understand the city is in the process of improving access to outlets for electric bicycles. What this strategy does not seem to consider is that an e-bike (which is limited to 32 km/hr) cannot take the place of a car, but a scooter or motorbike can, due to their range and speed.
Ultimately we all want to get more people out of their cars, and I believe we need to promote a range of solutions for the range of requirements that exist. Scooters and motorbikes are excellent alternatives to cars and should be encouraged in every way possible by the City of Vancouver.