We met with the Ministry of Transportation last night regarding the new Gateway Program, which is a transportation plan designed to reduce the growing congestion in the GVRD. For more info please check out www.gatewayprogram.bc.ca
They are proposing a $2.50 toll on the Port Mann Bridge. They are asking for the public's feedback on this before it goes through. We have attended several of their meetings and have written the letter below on behalf of motorcyclists, as we are working to get motorcyclists exempt from this toll.
Please do your part to make this happen by taking the time to fill out their on-line feed back form at: http://www.th.gov.bc.ca/gateway/cons...rtMannFeb7.htm
They must receive your input by May 7th
February 13, 2006
Attn: Sarah Johnston
Suite 2010 - 4720 Kingsway
Burnaby BC V5H 4N2
I was very excited to read about the Gateway Program in the Sunday edition of The Province and believe that you should be commended for your ambitious plans designed to reduce traffic congestion and get "people and goods moving again." Being a resident of Surrey and with many of our members residing in the Lower Mainland, this initiative will impact many of us greatly.
This program is very important and we feel that the government needs to look to other forward thinking cities in the world to see what techniques they are using to reduce the gridlock. Specifically, all over the world motorcycles are used as an alternate form of transportation. Motorcycles take up less space, create less impact on our roadways and are a more environmentally friendly form of transportation than the single occupant vehicle. Motorcycling is encouraged in these cities by waiving tolls on bridges and roadways, along with free parking and other incentives.
The government is willing to invest "$50 million in cycling infrastructure - the largest in the history of the province" which is commendable, but it is also very important to recognize that not everyone is physically capable of riding a bicycle and that is where a motorcycle or scooter comes into the picture. The government needs to acknowledge the benefits of motorcycles and the role that they play in reducing congestion. It's also a great time for them to invest in the role of motorcycles in traffic reduction by exempting motorcycles from any of the proposed tolls involved in the Gateway Program and any other future traffic planning programs.
We would love to work with you and find out ways to make this program even more effective. I will look forward to hearing from you.
B.C. Coalition of Motorcyclists