Why Vote Yes? Because I Live, I Transit, I Walk and I Drive in Metro Vancouver

Everyday we’re bombarded with choices – to eat that chocolate or the apple, to head out and walk the dog despite the weather or wait until it stops, to wear sensible shoes or that pair of high heels, to take transit or the car. Some choices help us to be healthier – they make it easy to add some nutrition or a little activity to our day, while some can hurt our health.

The choices facing the Metro Vancouver region at present are just like that – as a region, do we make it easier to walk, cycle and transit to our destination and thereby reduce the number of cars on the road and help our health or don’t we? Funding for healthier travel choices is the question being put to Metro voters in May.

BCAHL and many of our colleagues in health promotion are speaking out in favour of the healthier choice. By voting YES for an up-front funding equation that prioritizes transit and active transportation, it will be easier to make healthy choices to get around in Metro Vancouver. And for those who need their car to get around, isn’t less traffic a better choice too?

And we’re not alone – joining us to provide their own rationale for supporting the Yes vote are Dr. Patty Daly, Chief Medical Health Officer for Vancouver Coastal Health and Peter Ladner, Business in Vancouver columnist, and former Vancouver City Councilor, Metro Vancouver Vice Chair and TransLink board member. And to provide the details of the referendum and what that up-front investment will provide to the region is Bob Paddon, Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning and Stakeholder Relations at TransLink.

Join us on January 28th from 9 am to 10:30 am on-line to discuss the upcoming transportation referendum for Metro Vancouver, and why voting yes is a vote for health.

If you can’t make it, and live in Metro Vancouver don’t forget to cast your ballot when it comes in the mail. Need some more reasons why? Check back at www.bchealthyliving.ca for the webinar recording.

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