The transportation sector is one of Canada's largest contributors to air pollution. The biggest polluters are trucks, vans and sport utility vehicles, whose emissions have doubled over the last thirty years. By partnering with local governments to drive the development of more walkable neighbourhoods along with cycling infrastructure we can encourage active transportation. The B.C. Greens are also committed to more sustainable transportation options like public transit through calls for increased funding for B.C. Transit and free transit for teens.
The BC Greens' plan for Transportation
By partnering with local governments to develop more walkable neighbourhoods, we can build complete communities with a design focused on health. Along with sidewalks, walking paths and green space, we can increase access to cycling infrastructure, electric bikes, and secure bike parking to ensure the safety and comfort of active commuters.
Free transit makes it easier for teens to access school, extracurricular, and employment opportunities that are critical to their development and future success. Increased mobility can expand job options and help to alleviate the labour shortage many local businesses are struggling with.
By protecting essential public services like transit and its drivers from for-profit companies, we will prioritize the well-being of workers and communities across the province.
Regional public transit is needed in the Sea-to-Sky corridor and the South Island. Public transit is vital to supporting climate action, easing the cost of living, and cutting down on congestion.