March 11th, 2020
New Democrats continue to call on government for a National Cycling Strategy
Making cycling more accessible would help Canadians fight the climate crisis
OTTAWA– For years, New Democrats have been calling for a National Cycling Strategy to combat climate change and support community planning. Today, NDP MP Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni) re-introduced a bill to create a National Cycling Strategy in Canada.
“Canadians want to do their part for the environment and keep active too. I first called for a National Cycling Strategy four years ago and this Liberal government has failed to get it done,” said Johns. “I’m re-introducing this bill to help keep cyclists safe, to keep our communities healthy, and to take real action to help municipalities address the threat of climate change.”
Many other OECD countries have already adopted cycling strategies and have seen significant increases in cycling as a result. Cycling advocates have long called for a national strategy where the federal government would work with provinces and municipalities to increase commuter, recreational, and tourism cycling across Canada.
“A National Cycling Strategy is a great way to help Canadian commuters make choices that are healthier, more affordable and help our environment. Gord’s bill includes requirements that will improve safety for cyclists across the country and will encourage more Canadians to take their bikes to work, ” said NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh. “If the Liberals work with us, we can promote active transportation for Canadians who want to tackle the climate crisis in their day-to-day lives.”
A National Cycling Strategy is strongly supported by communities across Canada including Victoria, Toronto, and Ottawa, and organizations such as Velo Canada Bikes and CAPE.