, thanks for your great work on the board of directors!Welcome to the British Columbia Cycling Coalition's new site! Thanks so much for your support of the BCCC and cycling in BC.
I call upon the Government of BC to enable everyone in BC to cycle & walk in safety as part of their daily lives by implementing an Active Transportation Strategy that includes:
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- Investing $1 billion over the next ten years to:
- Upgrade cycling & walking facilities on provincial roads & bridges
- Complete cycling & walking networks in communities across BC
- Provide safe routes to school for children
- Build trails & routes for cycling & walking tourism
- Ensuring that paths & protected bike lanes can be safely shared by people using wheelchairs, skateboards & in-line skates
- Enhancing cycling education for children & adults
- Promoting cycling & walking
- Encouraging electric bike use by eliminating the PST & providing rebates
- Investing $1 billion over the next ten years to:
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Communities around the Province have ambitious cycling plans that when completed will enable you and others in your community to safely and comfortably cycle for daily trips instead of driving significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Investing in cycling and walking will also benefit the economy by increasing tourism, reducing healthcare costs, increasing workplace productivity, attracting talented workers and reducing the societal costs of traffic fatalities and injuries.
While bike paths and protected bike lanes are a transportation bargain, it does significant cash to build networks of them in communities around the Province. For example:
- Metro Vancouver: $850 million
- Capital Regional District: $275 million
- Central Okanagan: $83 million (they are updating their walking and cycling plans so this cost will likely go up)
- City of Chilliwack: $27 Million
- City of Kamloops: $13 Million
Based on these estimates by the regions, we figure the cost of building cycling networks around the Province will be be at least $1.8 billion. For less than the cost of a new highway bridge, we can have quality bike routes that literally millions of British Columbians will enjoy. However, based on current levels of investment, cycling networks will take 20, 30 or even 40 years to complete. Not nearly fast enough given the urgency to find climate change solutions.
Cycling is popular with almost 70% of adults in BC riding a bicycle at least once a year. Many want to cycle more with almost 70%, 3 million people, indicating they would ride more if there were separated bike lanes that protected them from traffic. The CRD estimates that building out the cycling network would increase cycling to 15% of all trips while TransLink estimates network buildout will increase cycling to 10% of trips.
According to the 2011 National Household Survey, 42% of commutes are under 5 km, a reasonable cycling distance. In the Netherlands, electrically assisted bicycles cover an average distance of 9.8 km, while regular bicycles average 6.3 km. In B.C., 65% of commutes are under 10 km making them practical using an electric bike.
Where significant investments have been made, cycling has increased dramatically. Between 2008 and 2014, daily cycling trips by City of Vancouver residents almost doubled increasing from 50,000 to 100,000. In Central Okanagan, daily cycling trips increased by 43% from 2007 to 15,400 in 2013.
To meet Provincial targets, it is likely that the Carbon Tax will need to be increased. By providing people with low carbon transportation choices, investing part of that revenue in cycling and walking will reduce the Carbon Tax rate needed to meet the targets while providing other social, health and economic benefits.
As part of Climate Leadership Plan BC Cycling Coalition recommends the B.C. Government implement an Active Transportation Strategy that includes:
- investing $100 million per year in to upgrade cycling & walking facilities on provincial roads and bridges, complete cycling networks in communities across the province within 10 years, provide safe routes to school for children and build trails for cycling & walking tourists.
- updating standards and policies to encourage high quality cycling and walking facilities on new and upgraded roads and bridges
- implementing strong policies that encourage high quality cycling and walking facilities in new developments
Investments in infrastructure should be complemented by the B.C. Government funding and providing other support for:
- cycling skills training for children
- cycling education for adults
- marketing programs such as Bike to Work Week.
Electric bikes increase the distance and number of cycling trips. To encourage the use of electric bikes, we recommended measures including:
- eliminating the PST on the purchase of electric bikes as there is no PST on regular bicycles.
- rebates on electric bikes as there are already rebates on electric cars.
These recommendations could be funded through an increase in the Carbon Tax, reallocating some funding from roads, eliminating the tax break on those earning over $150,000 per year or from the large surpluses the Government is predicting.
Please the Province know that you want cycling to be a key part of the Climate Leadership Plan and support our recommendations above. Let them know what greatly improved cycling would mean for your family and community.
You can find more details on what we are proposing here.
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The BC Cycling Coalition will be at the MEC Snowfest North Vancouver because cycling can be a great winter activity with a bit of prep and good gear. Drop by, say hello and sign the Cycling and Walking for Everyone - Billion for Bikes petition.
Richard Campbell of BC Cycling Coalition will be presenting from 10am to 11am on A Billion for Bikes - Bold Climate Action Now.
- Connect with local community groups, clubs, and vendors
- Score a wicked deal on gear at our Snow Swap!
- Learn something new, have some fun and meet other people to explore the great outdoors with this winter at our clinics and activities!
- Don't forget your kids- they like to play outside too, and we have just the gear to get them out there! We will have tons of great activities for them in our Kidz Zone.
- Enjoy great treats from Beavertails!
More at http://events.mec.ca/node/86456
A big thanks to MEC for this opportunity and their great support of cycling and the BC Cycling Coalition.
Photo plus tips on winter cycling at: Icebike.org
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