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

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Help show lots of people in BC support cycling and walking for everyone.

Please share. Encourage your friends and family to 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
3,061 SIGNATURES
3,000 signatures

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Support Our Cycling & Walking for Everyone Campaign

Your generous contribution will help us mobilize the support needed to convince the Provincial and Federal Governments to make bold investments in cycling & walking through:

  • Outreach to organizations and businesses 
  • Petitioning to show the government that a lot of people support better cycling
  • Meeting with politicians and staff
  • Press releases and op-eds

Please support our efforts by making an on-going contribution of $5, $10 or $15 per month or a one-time donation.

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