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Letter to Dalton McGuinty on Legislation for Bicycle Transportation

Letter to Dalton McGuinty on Legislation for Bicycle Transportation

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Dear Mr. McGuinty, In the absence of appropriate infrastructure in our cities and the consequence of fatalities and injuries in collisions between motorized and non-motorized vehicular traffic, we submit a proposal for legislation for Alternative/Complementary Transportation.
Dear Mr. McGuinty, In the absence of appropriate infrastructure in our cities and the consequence of fatalities and injuries in collisions between motorized and non-motorized vehicular traffic, we submit a proposal for legislation for Alternative/Complementary Transportation.

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Air Pollution Coalition
www.ecopolitics.ca 761 Queen Street westToronto, ON M6J 1G1Tel. 416.686.7322The Honourable Dalton McGuintyPremier of OntarioLegislative Building, Queen's Park Toronto, Ontario1 February 2012Dear Mr. McGuinty,In the absence of appropriate infrastructure in our cities and the consequence of fatalities and injuries incollisions between motorized and non-motorized vehicular traffic, we submit a proposal for legislation for
Alternative/Complementary Transportation.
Sustainability and livability in Ontario cities have been drastically compromised due to inconsistency inurban planning and lack of mobility management. The effect has been a disproportionate impact oneconomics, health, safety, and environmental repercussions.Both levels of Government have overlooked and undervalued costs and benefits in conventional transporteconomic evaluation. Transportation imbalance and failure to integrate alternative modes of transportationhave contributed to road congestion, healthcare costs, lost productivity, environmental decline.Thereof, this is to request a review for new Acts, law, or changes to the Provincial Policy Statement underthe Planning Act to introduce Provincial Legislation for Alternative Transportation Infrastructure in ourcities.
Municipal governments install bicycle lanes on existing and new Municipal roads toconstitute a
“Cohesive and Integrated
Cycling
Infrastructure.”
 
Consistent Cycle-Transit integration with GO, Public Transit, on trains and buses.
This will be in accordance with
Places to Grow Act -
Ministry of Infrastructure,
Move Ontario
 
2020,
totake cars off roads - Ministry of Transportation, and the
Provincial Policy Statement
 – 
 
Planning Act
-Ministry of Municipal Affairs.Please note, the following statistics refer to a limited number of extensive reports on socioeconomic benefitsof Alternative/Complementary Transportation.
 
 
COSTS COST-EFFECTIVENESS (BENEFITS)Health Costs
Health-related issues resulting from obesity coststhe health system in Ontario: $2.2 to $2.5 billionper year.
Nationally
: $4.3 billion (2005 dollars)
Absenteeism
 Costs Ontario: 1 million work days, 1.5 millionphysician visits, 6 million restricted activity days,2.2 million bed days/year.Nationally: Costs Canadian employers $16billion/year
Air Pollution: (2008-31)
Healthcare Costs, Ontario $6,490,300
MTO, Transportation (Road)2010-011
, Total Expense: $2,521,96 million
2009-2010:
Operating: $1,366.9 millionCapital: $932.8 millionEstimated cost of auto-transport (Ontario) is over$8 billion per year.
Costs on Road Transport include:
Congestion reduction, Road costs, parking costs,vehicle costs, traffic collisions, and pollutioncosts.
 
Health Benefits
Ontario Investment: 1 mile cycling perindividual provides $0.19 in Health Benefitsalone.If 25% of Ontario population cycles1mile/day/year the benefit/cost to Healthcaresystem will be over $225 Million per year.
US
: Investment in cycling infrastructure willavert $155 Million in healthcare costs per yearin Portland, Oregon.
Europe
: High rate of Alt/Trans in Denmark,Sweden, Amsterdam have one-third obesityrate of US.
Investment in Alt/Trans:Initial investment
will yield 4 times theamount of bicycle miles travelled per investeddollar. One bike trip vs. one car trip savesindividuals and society $2.73 per mile. A 2-mile bike trip would save $5.56. Cost of a bike-lane can be as little as $5,000/mile.
Commercial Benefits:
In Quebec bicycle industry generated sales over$181 Million, 2,800 jobs, $17.2 Million in Taxenergy Revenue, $13.6 Million in Federaltaxes.US:
North Carolina
invested $6.7 Million inbicycle infrastructure and generated $60Million in economic benefits through Tourism.
Wisconsin
generates 20% of bicyclemanufacturing in US. The bicycling industrybrings in $556 Million and 3,418 jobs toWisconsin.

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