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Welcome to the British Columbia Cycling Coalition's web site! Thanks so much for your support of the BCCC and cycling in BC.

We are working hard to enable everyone in the Province to cycle for their daily trips while eliminating fatalities and injuries. To meet these ambitious goals, we need your help. Please help out by contributing $5, $10 or $15 per month.

  • Help Make Cycling a Big Part of Canada's Climate Plan

    The Canadian Government asking for comments regarding Canada's approach to climate change. Until June 24th 2016 comments may be submitted online. Following review, the First Ministers will meet in the fall to finalize their plans.

    Norway, a country with a climate similar to ours, is making large investments in cycling as part of their ambitious climate plans. They are spending $1.25 billion on a network of cycling highways and Olso is investing $2.1 billion on a 510km cycling network.

    Please encourage Canadian Government to make cycling a big part of our plans.

    If you live in one of the following communities, you can speak to you local MP in person at a Climate Change Town Hall:

    Find more Climate Change Town Hall here.

    The BC Cycling Coalition is working with Canada Bikes and organizations across the country to encourage the Federal Government to implement a National Cycling Strategy.

    Photo: Yvonne Bambrick

    Carbon Tax and Financial Measures

    1. The adoption of a High Shift Cycling Scenario in climate plans to ensure the full potential of cycling is realized. The Global High Shift Cycling Scenario (HSC) by the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy and UC Davis, confirms the significant potential of cycling to reduce GHG emissions while increasing the affordability of transportation. For Canada, the report projects a HSC cycling mode share of 12% in 2030 and 16% in 2050. More here.

    2. Use of Federal Carbon Tax revenue to fund cycling infrastructure. We support the introduction of a Federal Carbon tax and recommend that a portion of the revenue be used to fund cycling and walking infrastructure. This will enhance the effectiveness of the Carbon Tax by giving Canadians more carbon neutral transportation choices.

    3. Increasing access to bicycles and electric bicycles through measures to them more affordable. High quality bicycles and electric bicycles are expensive. These measures could be funded through Carbon Tax revenue.

    1. Eliminate the GST/HST pedal-powered and electric bicycles.

    2. Eliminate duties and tariffs on pedal-powered and electric bicycles. 

    3. Provide rebates on electric bicycles. Some Provinces are offering or planning to offer rebates on electric cars. As electric bicycles are even more efficient and can help reduce GHG emissions, rebates should be offered on them as well. Rebates in the range of $500 to $700 would help significantly.

    Infrastructure Recommendations

    1. Prioritize those transportation projects designed to get people moving by sustainable forms of transportation. Canada’s approach to climate change and transportation equity deserves a sense of urgency. It follows that all new infrastructure projects deemed acceptable to the federal government follow strict environmental rules leading to outcomes that help us meet our international obligations.  Similarly, other levels of government do not always have the means to directly recoup the health benefits that cycling offers. Federal infrastructure investment programs are important opportunities to areas of overlapping interest and projects should be approved for federal funding based on their likely impact in areas of federal purvey.

    2. Ensure that, if deemed eligible for federal funding, all new/upgraded roads infrastructure projects include family-friendly protected walking and cycling design.  As investments in new and upgraded infrastructure have a lifespan of decades, it is critical that a complete streets approach be adopted now to ensure that these generational investments eliminate serious injuries and fatalities among people walking and cycling. We must insist upon highway/roadway design that includes protected bike lanes, protected intersections, traffic calming and design best practices known to dramatically reduce the safety risk to Canadians. Cycling facilities cannot be optional. Canada’s 2015 Road Safety Strategy’s ultimate goal is to continue to reduce fatalities and serious injuries caused by collisions on Canada’s roads. No project approved by the federal government should work counter to this goal.

    3. Understand that funding for cycling is integral to any mass transit project. Canadian jurisdictions are just now beginning to realize the need to link cycling infrastructure and transit. The reason for doing so is as simple as providing an exponential increase in effectiveness for any given station or stop. Cycling and transit are mutually dependent and thrive most when approached together. Mass transit represents a major financial investment, thus it is in the federal government’s interest to insist that multi-modal transportation be approached wholistically and that cycling be engrained whenever a mass transit project is proposed.

    4. Provide resources for the expertise needed to design high quality cycling facilities everywhere. Smaller communities in particular often lack the resources to implement leading edge improvements. Other countries are far ahead when it comes to developing national standards, training opportunities and leadership on design best practices. The Federal Government has an important role to play in shaping provincial and municipal policy so that infrastructure for cycling is front and centre of the design of investments, rather than just an add-on or ignored entirely.

    5. Provide leadership. As soon as possible, we recommend making a public federal commitment to increasing cycling as a form transportation in Canada. Making verbal public commitments and important gestures are one of the simplest and most inexpensive actions that can be taken by a political entity. Doing so would inspire municipal governments, provincial governments, non-profit organizations, government administration and the people of Canada themselves to do their utmost, knowing that we are united in our purpose.

    Please submit your ideas by June 24th 2016 here.

  • Let the Premier know you want more cycling funding

    With the May 2017 Provincial Election looming, Premier Clark has indicated that Provincial spending will increase. This is an ideal time to encourage her to invest in cycling and walking.

    From the Vancouver Sun:

    Premier Christy Clark will use Metro Vancouver’s two byelections to test-drive her newest promise to voters: That her governing Liberal party is ready to return untold financial “dividends” to starved government programs and services, after several years of austerity.

    Carey Doberstein, assistant professor of political science at the University of B.C.’s Okanagan campus says:

    “She is clearly cognizant of the interest Canadians expressed in government making increased investments in infrastructure, education and health care through the election of the Trudeau government in the fall, but is also committed to restraining government spending and balanced budgets.”

    The Government seems to recognize the value of cycling. In the run-up to the last election, the $7 million of cycling for municipalities was announced through MLAs offices. The $20 million widening of the sidewalks on the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge was announced on the last day possible before the official election period.

    Since the last election, cycling funding was increase by 50% to $18 million over three years. In addition, $7 million has been invested on the Stanley Park Causeway upgrades and the Province has contributed $7 million towards the Okanagan Rail Trail. 

    Still, much more funding is required to enable everyone to cycle and walk for their daily trips. While bike paths and protected bike lanes are a bargain that will benefit far more people per dollar invested than other transportation projects, it does take a significant amount of cash to build networks of them in communities around the Province. For example:

    • Metro Vancouver: $850 million
    • Capital Regional District: $275 million
    • City of Kelowna: $267 million
    • City of Chilliwack: $27 Million
    • City of Kamloops: $13 Million

    Help show Premier Clark that there is strong support for investment in cycling. Please sign the Cycling and Walking for Everyone petition and share it with your friends, family and co-workers.

    Take Action

    Please Premier Clark know that you want more cycling. Let them know what greatly improved cycling would mean for your family and community. 

    Email premier@gov.bc.ca and cc:

    oppositionleader@leg.bc.ca, FIN.Minister@gov.bc.ca, andrew.weaver.mla@leg.bc.ca, hlth.minister@gov.bc.ca, Minister.Transportation@gov.bc.ca, ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca, claire.trevena.MLA@leg.bc.ca, carole.james.mla@leg.bc.ca, spencer.herbert.MLA@leg.bc.ca, david.eby.MLA@leg.bc.ca,  judy.darcy.mla@leg.bc.ca, climateleadershipplan@gov.bc.ca, president@bccc.bc.ca,,

    You can find more details on what we are proposing here.

    Here are our recommendations:

    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:

    • 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 wheelchairsskateboards & in-line skates
    • Enhancing cycling education for children & adults
    • Promoting cycling & walking
    • Encouraging electric bike use by eliminating the PST & providing rebates
  • The Climate is Right for Cycling

    The climate is changing, populations are increasingly vulnerable, and the world is finally listening.

    We are seeing an incredible synergy across the world of people coming together for this cause. It’s time to alter how we live in hopes of keeping our climate from rising more than 2 degrees celsius. In BC, we need to join voices now to ask for what we need in order to make the changes that count.     

    The BC government is currently drafting a Climate Leadership Plan. This strategy will outline the strategy BC should follow to meet the 2030 and 2050 climate targets. We are calling on the BC government to show bold leadership to the world by strongly support cycling as a timely, cost effective, and attainable way to lower greenhouse gas emissions (GHG).

    The Climate Leadership Team’s recommendations to the Government include the possibility of using Carbon Tax revenue to fund cycling and walking infrastructure. They also acknowledge the importance in the short term of the creation of communities more conducive to transit, walking and biking.

    These recommendations are good steps but we still need to work hard to convince the BC Government to enable everyone in Province to cycle and walk for their daily trips by investing $1 billion over ten years in cycling and walking. Please sign the petition and write the Premier.

    Cycling is Effective

    We know that “At approximately 37%, transportation is B.C.’s largest source of emissions.” (BC Gov). We also know that people in BC want to cycle more, and would do so if they had access to separated bike lanes.

    Replacing trips made in vehicles with bike trips is a lot more effective at reducing GHG emissions than replacing cars with alternative cars, and building car centric “Infrastructure [that] is located, designed and maintained to withstand extreme weather conditions.” (Discussion Paper, pg 15)

    The draft Climate Leadership Plan is scheduled for release in January, and a public input process will then open. The final plan will be released in Spring 2016. Now is the time to speak up!

    If BC is serious about ‘reducing GHG emissions to two tonnes or less per capita (a 95% reduction from 1990) by 2050, cycling needs to be allocated the resources to grow immensely. Doing this will allow those that already want to start biking, or do it more often to join.  

    Facts:

    According to a new report published by the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy and the University of California, Davis, if we increase trips made on bike from 7% globally to 23% by 2050, we could save 300 megatons of CO2 emissions, and 24 trillion dollars. (Full Report)

    Cycling is Popular

    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 in Metro Vancouver will increase cycling to 10% of trips.

    Based on these estimates by region, the cost of building cycling networks around the Province will be be approximately $1.8 billion. For less than the cost of a new highway bridge, we can have quality bike routes that 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.

    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.

    We are being heard:

    Since beginning the process of the Billion for Bikes campaign, the BC Cycling Coalition has submitted formal recommendation in the Climate Leadership Team, and 2016 Budget Consulting processes. The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services has officially recommended investment in cycling. Read the details about the recommendation here.

    Take Action

    Please sign and share the petition and donate to our Billions for Bikes Campaign to ensure this recommendation does not fall flat. You can also share the petition along with this news update. Don't be shy- Feel free to share and celebrate the news with fellow bikers at stop lights, or with your barista- social media is not the only way!

    Along with lending your voice, monetary support is immensely appreciated. The BC Cycling Coalition's ability to push for change is fueled by fundraising. A sincere thank you to those who have already donated. 

    Please Premier Clark know that you want cycling to be a big part of the Climate Leadership Plan. Let them know what greatly improved cycling would mean for your family and community. 

    Email premier@gov.bc.ca and cc:

    oppositionleader@leg.bc.ca, FIN.Minister@gov.bc.ca, andrew.weaver.mla@leg.bc.ca, hlth.minister@gov.bc.ca, Minister.Transportation@gov.bc.ca, ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca, claire.trevena.MLA@leg.bc.ca, carole.james.mla@leg.bc.ca, spencer.herbert.MLA@leg.bc.ca, david.eby.MLA@leg.bc.ca, judy.darcy.mla@leg.bc.ca, climateleadershipplan@gov.bc.ca, president@bccc.bc.ca,

  • Remove the PST and Add Rebates for Electric Bikes

    Currently in B.C. bicycles and transportation fares are exempt from PST charges, and clean energy vehicles are eligible for rebates up to $5,000. Purchases of new electric bicycles, and their electric parts, are charged PST, and are not eligible for rebates. Something doesn’t seem right here, does it? So please please sign the petition!

    For a brief period of time, when B.C. was running the HST tax, electric bikes did, in fact, receive tax exemptions. It seems that in the transition back to the system we currently use, minor details such as taxes on assisted bikes slipped through the cracks.  

    For small business owners however, this detail feels rather significant. "It's really quite a hassle." Says Paul Dragan of Reckless Bikes. "When repairing an electric bike, we have to charge PST on the electric parts like the battery and motor while there is no PST on the bike parts like wheels and brakes.". Creating two separate lines, and a once unnecessary step to small business’s financial records, is cumbersome and aggravating.

    For individuals, the re-added tax could be a barrier to purchasing, or converting to, an e-bike. Electric bikes suitable for commuting typically cost $1500-$3000, making the suggested PST exemption worth about $105 - $210 for buyers, plus on-going PST charges on maintaining parts. Additionally, a rebate would provide financial incentives for individuals to incorporate active transportation into their daily lives.

    Electric bikes are being studied by biking centres around the world. The Netherlands, and Norway have measured significant increases in bicycle trip length, and frequency due to use of electric bikes.  In 2013, a survey in the Netherlands reported that 5 percent of the total population, and 10 percent of the 60+ population owned an e-bike, and those with electric models ride twice as many kilometers compared to the 60+ cyclists with a regular bike. In 2014, they found that those with e-bikes rode 22% more kilometres per week, and the average commuting distance rose from 6.3 to 9.8 kilometres. Assisted bikes make up 21% of bicycles sales in the Netherlands.

    Electric bicycles remove accessibility barriers by allowing riders to conquer hills, speeds, and distances that would otherwise be impossible for some people. These machines, that emit zero carbon, make active transportation a viable option for a broader population, opening it up to all ages and abilities, especially in combination with safe cycling infrastructure.

    With B.C.’s aggressive climate targets for 2050, and municipal initiatives to increase active transportation, removing financial barriers to access electric bicycles is logical. Considering that it was not long ago that we actually didn’t pay taxes on these bikes, it is more of an error correction, than a radical request.

    The British Columbia Cycling Coalition has submitted a formal request to remove the PST and add rebates, similar to those available for electric cars, as part of their Climate Leadership Action Plan recommendation.

    Also included in the recommendations a billion dollars over ten years for bike paths and protected bike lanes as well as improved design standards that can safely accommodate electric bikes and enable longer distance commuting.

    Take Action

    Please sign the petition!

    Photo: Essential Baby | eZee 

  • Sign the petition

    Cycling for Everyone - A Billion for Bikes Petition

    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:

    • 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
    3,273 SIGNATURES
    3,000 signatures

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