, thanks for your great work on the board of directors!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.
Please support the City of Victoria's planned all ages and abilities cycling network.
The #BIKETORIA network will include up to eight all ages and abilities bicycle corridors throughout the city. An all ages and abilities bicycle network is designed to be suitable, safe and comfortable for most people riding bikes regardless of their ability and experience, through the use of high quality, separated bicycle facilities.
Together with residents, the City of Victoria has developed a bold vision for the future of bicycling and is committed to becoming one of the best cycling cities in the world.
The Greater Victoria Cycling Coalition is busy increasing pubic support for the network through the BIKETORIA petition.
Email council directly
Photo Credits: Tourism Whistler / Mike Crane
The Sea to Sky corridor (Highway 99 and secondary roads) connects Horseshoe Bay, Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton, Mt. Currie and on to Lillooet. The natural beauty of the corridor and recent improvements to the highway and roads to Squamish Valley, Callaghan Valley, Pemberton Meadows and Portage Road to D’Arcy, has enhanced the attractiveness of the area for motorists and cyclists alike.
Widespread awareness created by GranFondo Whistler and IRONMAN Canada plus the growth of road cycling throughout Canada has resulted in a remarkable increase in the number of recreational road cyclists in the corridor. These major events and related visitors have brought significant economic benefits to corridor communities and to the province.
The Whistler Cycling Club believes that the cycling priorities in the provincial government’s recently issued B.C. on the Move – A 10-year Transportation Plan could markedly improve the safety and experience for both cyclists and motorists in the corridor. The provincial plan identifies three cycling priorities for action:
- Invest $18 million over the next three years to partner with communities to build new bike lanes and trails throughout B.C.
- Widen shoulders, double the frequency of sweeping and implement safety improvements on provincial highways in areas with a high volume of cyclists
- Develop and implement a cycling tourism signage and marketing strategy
The Whistler Cycling Club has submitted the following recommendations to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure in line with the cycling priorities of the provincial plan. We believe these would help improve safety and enjoyment for all road users in the Sea to Sky corridor.
- Significantly increase the frequency of shoulder sweeping, especially where gravel and debris from logging trucks, etc. collect along concrete barriers and at intersections.
- Clearly mark shoulder hazards until they can be remedied.
- Repair cracked, uneven and damaged shoulders.
- Repaint worn fog lines and bicycle pavement stencils early in the cycling season.
- Ensure high value cycling secondary roads are well maintained (e.g. Callaghan Valley Road to Whistler Olympic Park).
Regulation and Signage
- Clarify existing cycling laws, and educate cyclists and motorists on the laws and etiquette for shared road use through advertising, collateral, ICBC, driver training and cyclist training (including school-aged youth).
- Create laws to adopt a mandatory ‘minimum 1.0 to 1.5 metre’ separation between vehicles and cyclists.
- Utilize existing road signage (such as the overhead electronic signs at Alice Lake and Alta Lake Road) to encourage motorists to watch for cyclists.
- Install frequent regulatory and cycling tourism route signs to alert drivers that cyclists may be present and to legitimize and promote road cycling.
- Install large “Warning – Cyclists on Roadway” signs for areas where the shoulder width is minimal/non-existent, where sightlines are poor or where there is a high risk of vehicle/cyclist collision. Suggested new locations are at the bottom of the northbound hill from Britannia and at the bottom of the northbound Duffey Lake Road from Lillooet Lake.
- In specific areas where gravel and debris collects frequently, we recommend the province consider paving adjoining gravel side roads near their intersection with the highway or redesigning the shoulder to prevent debris from accumulating. This one-time cost may be less expensive than the repeated cost of sweeping, and it will provide a consistently safe shoulder for cycling.
- Replace hazardous drain grates that could cause a cyclist to crash or force a cyclist to venture into the vehicle lane.
- Repave Highway 99 from Whistler to Pemberton with minimum 1.5 m shoulder width for cyclists.
- Continue to repave and/or widen shoulders of secondary roads in the corridor (e.g. Squamish Valley, Pemberton Meadows, Portage Road).
- Repair/repave roads shoulder-to-shoulder, not just the vehicle lanes.
- Widen Highway 99 shoulders in key locations, including Britannia Beach to Murrin Park; Porteau Cove to Furry Creek and hazardous sections between Whistler and Pemberton. Where possible, the minimum useable width, not including rumble strips, should be 1.5 m. (If it is impractical to widen the shoulder in the Porteau area, consider the installation of cyclist-activated flashing lights to warn motorists that cyclists are present.)
We at the Whistler Cycling Club believe that road cycling could be safer and more enjoyable and that cycling tourism would grow if similar improvements were made in other areas of the province. We support the BC Cycling Coalition in urging the BC Government to increase investment in cycling and pedestrian infrastructure and programs.
We encourage you to review the BC Cycling Coalition Billion for Bikes information and decide whether you wish to support their petition to the Provincial Government.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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:
2,996 SIGNATURES3,000 signatures
- 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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