Message from our Board Director
Dave Kassian

How we choose to move around our community and province can be impactful on the environment as well as our health and well-being. In British Columbia, the transportation sector accounts for 39% of total greenhouse gas emissions, and one key priority area of the BCSEA is to advance low-carbon passenger transportation.

The Low Carbon Transportation Hierarchy is a strategic approach to designing sustainable transportation systems, and it prioritizes three critical actions. The first action is to reduce transportation demand by encouraging active, human-powered transport such as cycling, walking and scootering. The second action is to implement a modal shift to encourage the choice of transportation with the lowest environmental impact. The third action focuses on improving vehicle energy efficiency and boosting the use of renewable fuels.

The Province of BC’s Active Transportation Strategy has a goal of doubling the percentage of trips taken with active transportation by 2030 in order to reduce carbon pollution and increase the quality of life for residents. This doubling of human-powered trips will occur by increasing the quantity of bike lanes and active transportation facilities, delivering education and encouragement programs, and enhancing the Motor Vehicle Act to enforce rules that make the roads safer for everyone. 

With spring shifting into summer, it’s the perfect time to embrace active transportation! Whether you’re walking, cycling, or using other human-powered modes of travel, there are many reasons why you should consider active transportation as a key pillar of your summer routine.

By opting for walking or cycling, you contribute to cleaner air and a healthier environment. It’s a small step with a big impact. Active transportation also keeps you physically active, improving cardiovascular health, reducing stress, and boosting overall well-being. Summer is also the perfect time to explore your community. Take a leisurely bike ride through scenic trails, discover hidden gems, and connect with nature. Active transportation also encourages social interaction! Wave to your neighbors, strike up conversations, and build a stronger sense of community.

Let’s make this summer a season of active transportation. Whether it’s a family bike ride, a walk to the local market, or a jog along the waterfront, every step counts. Together, we can create greener, healthier communities.

Remember: Every journey begins and ends with active transportation. Let’s keep moving forward!

Dave Kassian, Board Director, BCSEA