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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.

  • B.C. premier ready to spend, let her 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
    • 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

    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.

    Please Premier Clark know that you want more cycling. 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.

    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,  president@bccc.bc.ca,

    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.

    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.

    Please 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.

  • 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
    2,251 SIGNATURES
    2,500 signatures

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  • Donate

    Support Our Cycling & Walking for Everyone Campaign

    $2,290.00 raised
    GOAL: $5,000.00