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Thanks so much for your support of the BC Cycling Coalition and cycling in BC.

The BC Cycling Coalition is your voice for great bike routes everywhere. We are working hard to enable everyone to bike everyday while eliminating fatalities. Please show your support by signing the Billion for Bikes petition.

To meet these ambitious goals, we need your help. Please donate $5, $10$15 or $20 a month or become a member.

  • Cycling is Mass Transportation - It Needs to Funded Accordingly

    Increases in the number of people cycling and walking in BC communities including Victoria, Whistler, North Vancouver, Kelowna and Vancouver, demonstrate that cycling and walking are mass transportation solutions worthy of substantial investment and policy support.

    To help enable everyone to cycle for their daily trips in communities across BC, we are recommending that the Provincial Government accelerate its cycling and walking investment to $100 million per year for the next 10 years. This will help address the deficit that we estimate to be $2 billion for cycling and $2.6 billion for walking.

    This, along with investment from the communities and the Federal Government will enable communities to build out their cycling networks sooner.  This investment would enable the benefits of cycling to be realized sooner, including significantly greater reductions in GHG emissions and health care cost savings

    This funding along with funds from municipalities and the Federal Government would be used to upgrade Provincial roads and bridges; increase cost sharing funding to complete cycling and walking networks in communities; provide  Safe and Healthy Routes to School; and for trails and paths used  visitors and residents. Around $7 billion be invested over the next 3 years in transportation and the Government is projecting surpluses of over $200 million per year so there is plenty of funding available.

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    Cycling and walking are popular activities that many people in B.C. want to do more often

    • Almost 70% of adults in B.C. ride a bicycle at least once a year, 42% at least once a month and 25% at least once a week.

    • Cycling and walking are especially popular among young people (18-35) with 8% cycling and 10% walking to work.

    • Many people want to cycle more, with 65% indicating they would ride more if there were separated bike lanes that protected them from traffic.

    • 14% of adults 18-35 years old say cycling would be their ideal commute.

    • 34% of B.C. residents say walking (23%) or cycling (11%) would be their ideal commute.

    Cycling and walking are popular activities that many people in B.C. want to do more often

    • Almost 70% of adults in B.C. ride a bicycle at least once a year, 42% at least once a month and 25% at least once a week.

    • Cycling and walking are especially popular among young people (18-35) with 8% cycling and 10% walking to work.

    • Many people want to cycle more, with 65% indicating they would ride more if there were separated bike lanes that protected them from traffic.

    • 14% of adults 18-35 years old say cycling would be their ideal commute.

    • 34% of B.C. residents say walking (23%) or cycling (11%) would be their ideal commute.

    There is broad public support for cycling improvements

    • 72% of B.C. On the Move Engagement Survey respondents supported enhancing cycling infrastructure.

    Where significant investments have been made, cycling has increased dramatically

    • Between 2008 and 2015, daily cycling trips by City of Vancouver residents increased from 50,000 to 131,000. In 2015, 10% of Vancouver residents cycled to work, up from 4.4% in 2011.

    • In the Central Okanagan, daily cycling trips increased by 43% to 15,400 between 2007 and 2013.

    • Whistler’s cycling commute mode share was 8% in 2011, an increase of 31% since 2006.

    Many trips are within reasonable cycling distance

    • In the Netherlands, electrically assisted bicycle trips average a distance of 9.8 km each way, while regular bicycle trips average 6.3 km.

    • According to the 2011 National Household Survey, 42% of commutes are under 5 km.

    • In B.C. 65% of all commutes are under 10 km, making them practical using an electric bicycle.

    Inadequate Investment - Active Transportation Deficit

    Regions and communities across the province have produced extensive cycling network plans. Unfortunately, due to lack of investment, these cycling networks may not be complete for 30 to 50 years unless senior levels of government dramatically increase funding. The BC Communities Road Safety Survey identified pedestrian and cyclist safety as top issues. For the the 81 municipalities that responded, “The most commonly reported challenges to implementing road safety activities were funding and staff with expertise.”

    • TheCapital Regional District’s  Pedestrian & Cycling Master Plan estimated the cost of upgrading the bike network to attract people of all ages and abilities is around $275 million.

    • In order to meet its target of 10%, TransLink has estimated that completing all-ages cycling networks around the Metro Vancouver region will cost at least $850 million.

    • Kelowna’s cycling and walking Plan is estimated to cost $267 million. While the city is currently putting money aside for the program, staff have warned that at the current level of funding, the city will only have approximately $90 million to fund the plan.

    • Squamish’s recently approved active transportation plan is estimated to cost $36 million.  

    • Surrey’s cycling plan includes over 400 km of additional bike lanes and paths. With current funding, it plans on completing around 12 km per year, but has indicated that additional funding from senior levels of government would speed-up the implementation of the plan.

    Internationally, other jurisdictions are committing to significant increases in cycling. Norway, whose population is only slightly larger than B.C.’s, is planning to invest $1.25 billion in Cycling Highways to link suburbs to city centres.

    More Information

    Budget Submission - 2017 (includes references for information above)

    Communities on the Move recommending investing $100 million per year in active transportation.

     

     

  • Exempt e-bikes from the PST - Finance Committee

    Good news! The recommendations of BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services include exempting e-bikes from the PST. This was among the recommendations the BC Cycling Coalition presented to the Committee in September.

    Specifically, the recommendation on page 23 of the report states:

    29. Exempt e-bikes (electric-assist bicycles) from the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) to encourage British Columbians to pursue active forms of transportation. 

    Of note, this was the only recommendation the Committee made regarding the PST. The report has been sent to the Legislature who will likely approve the new budget in the Spring.

    Currently in B.C. bicycles and transportation fares are exempt from PST charges, and clean energy vehicles (cars) 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?

    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.

    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.

    More here.

    Take Action

    1. Sign the Petition

    Please sign and share the Cycling for Everyone - Billion for Bikes petition. 

    2. Donate 

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

    3. Write the Finance Minister and Your MLA

    Please write the Hon. Michael de Jong and your MLA. Let them know what removing the PST on and providing rebates for electric bikes and greatly improved cycling would mean for your family and community. 

    Email FIN.Minister@gov.bc.ca and cc:

    premier@gov.bc.ca, oppositionleader@leg.bc.ca, andrew.weaver.mla@leg.bc.ca, SBRT.Minister@gov.bc.ca, MEM.Minister@gov.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, info@bccc.bc.ca,local_organization_email, local_mla_email

    Photo: Pedego Electric Bikes

  • MP Johns Introduces National Cycling Strategy Bill

    MP Gord Johns (Courtenay-Alberni) and Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie) introduced a private member's bill to establish a National Cycling Strategy on October 4. The BC Cycling Coalition strongly supports a national strategy where the Federal Government works with the provinces and municipalities to enable all Canadians to safety cycle.

    A Canadian Cycling Strategy will:

    • Commit the federal government to set clear targets for the expansion of cycling friendly infrastructure;
    • Encourage more Canadians to choose cycling as their mode of transportation;
    • Improve national safety standard measures, such as side guard rails for trucks;
    • Support the cycling industry in Canada;
    • Increase education for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.

    “We need to do more to make Canada a cycling nation,” said Johns who has biked to work on Parliament Hill every day since being elected. “It’s time for a national plan to get more Canadians using this low cost, environmentally friendly, and healthy mode of transportation.”

    From MP Johns

    Many other OECD countries have already adopted cycling strategies and have seen a significant increase in cycling as a result. Canada lags behind in many cycling indicators, including the number of children who cycle to school which remains at 2%. Whereas in Germany, 15% of children cycle to school, and in the Netherlands 50% of children cycle to school.

    A National Cycling Strategy will lead to a healthier society, more livable communities, safer cycling options, reduced congestion, and significant savings for our healthcare system. Additionally, Canada's unique landscape is a perfect draw for cycling tourism.

    Take Action

    Please email the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport supporting a National Cycling Strategy:

    mintc@tc.gc.ca 

    and cc these others including your local MP:

    pm@pm.gc.ca, Amarjeet.Sohi@parl.gc.ca, Catherine.McKenna@parl.gc.ca, Jane.Philpott@parl.gc.ca, Carla.Qualtrough@parl.gc.ca, Gord.Johns@parl.gc.ca, Todd.Doherty@parl.gc.ca, Robert.Aubin@parl.gc.ca, info@canadabikes.org, info@bccc.bc.ca, local_mp_email

    Let them know what safer cycling would mean for your family and community.

    Help us build support for a National Cycling Strategy and safer cycling in BC. Please make on-going contribution of $5$10, $15 or $20 per month or a one-time donation

    Sign up for Canada Bikes email list.

    More Info

    Towards a Bike-Friendly Canada: A National Cycling Strategy Overview | Canada Bikes

    An Act to Establish a National Cycling Strategy | MP Gord Johns

    Bill C-312: An Act to establish a national cycling strategy

  • Minister Garneau establishes task force to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians

    Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, recently announced that Transport Canada and the provinces will establish a task force to discuss safety measures to reduce injuries and fatalities involving cyclists, pedestrians and heavy trucks. Sadly, this was prompted by recent deaths of two female cyclists in Ottawa and Montreal.

    The BC Cycling Coalition strongly supports measures to make vehicles and especially trucks safer for people cycling and will be working with the Government and Canada Bikes to help ensure measures are implemented soon.

    From Task force to examine new technologies, education and awareness

    The task force, established through the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators will explore cameras, sensor systems, side guards, as well as educational safety and awareness programs.

    Garneau states, "I'm pleased to work with my provincial, territorial and municipal colleagues to explore options to reduce collisions and improve safety for everyone on Canada's roadways. Whether it's through technology, equipment, or an educational approach, we need to find out what works best in order to improve safety for Canadians."

    From Transport Canada's actions to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians on Canada's roadways

    The task force is not limited in what it can explore, and will examine several potential countermeasures, including cameras, sensor systems, side guards, as well as educational safety and awareness programs focused on identifying risks and safer driver practices.

    Heavy trucks, due to their size, present a unique safety risk to vulnerable road users. Research shows that driver visibility is a major cause in fatal collisions involving these groups. 

    Transport Canada will look at the potential benefits of modern technologies, such as sensors and cameras, to improve the visibility of vulnerable road users around heavy trucks and improve safety for all road users. As part of the study, the department will test these technologies at its motor vehicle test centre. The desired outcome is to identify the most effective solutions for protecting the safety of these individuals. ‎The results of the study will help inform policy, and could lead to federal and/or provincial regulatory measures.

    The Mayor of London just announced the banning of unsafe trucks. Hopefully we will see similar strong action in Canada.

    Photo: CBC News

    Take Action

    Please email the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport supporting safety improvements for people walking and cycling:

    mintc@tc.gc.ca 

    and cc others including your local MP:

    pm@pm.gc.ca, Jane.Philpott@parl.gc.ca, Todd.Doherty@parl.gc.ca, Robert.Aubin@parl.gc.ca, info@canadabikes.org, info@bccc.bc.ca, local_mp_email

  • Kids on Wheels program brings a passion for cycling to a younger generation

    Some great coverage of Kids on Wheels in Vancity Buzz by Melissa & Chris Bruntlett . Kids on wheels introduces young children to cycling through hands on experience with runner bikes, cycling toys, art and books.

    “There is still a lot of car culture embedded in the way young children play,” states Goldstein, referring to the car mats, trucks, and toy cars prevalent in daycares. “I wanted to help bring bike culture into that environment.” Goldstein set to work developing a five day, age appropriate program, combining 45-minutes of in-class learning with equal time experience learning on balance (pedal-less) bikes.

    “It’s amazing to watch them grow in ability and confidence over the course of the five days.” Goldstein recalls. Through a grant from MEC, as well as support from the BC Cycling Coalition, she has been able to offer the program at two daycares in East Vancouver, as well as two separate sessions at Berwick Daycare in UBC. 

    More here.

    Please help us bring the joy of cycling to more children by donating today.

  • 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 and write the Finance Minister and your MLA!

    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

    1. Sign the Petition

    Please sign and share the petition and donate to our Billions for Bikes Campaign. 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!

    2. Donate 

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

    3. Write the Finance Minister and Your MLA

    Please write the Hon. Michael de Jong and your MLA. Let them know what removing the PST on and providing rebates for electric bikes and greatly improved cycling would mean for your family and community. 

    Email FIN.Minister@gov.bc.ca and cc:

    premier@gov.bc.ca, oppositionleader@leg.bc.ca, andrew.weaver.mla@leg.bc.ca, SBRT.Minister@gov.bc.ca, MEM.Minister@gov.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, info@bccc.bc.ca,local_organization_email, local_mla_email

    Photo: Essential Baby | eZee 

  • Sign the petition

    A Billion for Bikes - Cycling for Everyone 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
    3,985 SUPPORTERS
    15 needed to reach 4,000

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    or Text SIGN to +16046704421 to sign
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