More Bucks for Biking - Take the BC Budget Survey!
Last year, thanks to your efforts engaging in the budget process and writing letters, the BC Government increased its investment in cycling from $6 million to $9.25 million. A good increase but still not enough to enable everyone to cycle for their daily trips. Much more is needed.
The BC Legislature's Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services is asking for your input.
Please complete the survey or make a submission by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, October 16.
Here are some suggestions for survey responses that you can copy over (If your responses disappear, just click Launch Survey button again). Always good to add your local cycling projects and other ideas. Especially ones that will have a big impact. More in our submission from last year. Please also send your comments to the Premier.
What are your top priorities to help make life more affordable in British Columbia?
- Investing $100 million per year in networks of bike paths, protected bike lanes and sidewalks in communities around the province. Every child, woman and man in BC should be able to chose to walk and cycle for their daily trips. Cycling and walking are the most affordable transportation solutions both for individuals and governments. This will also help make our roads safer reducing crashes, injuries, health care costs and ICBC rates.
- Removing the PST and add rebating for electric bikes. This will help make green transportation more affordable for many people in BC especially with long commutes or mobility challenges. It is unfair that there are rebates for electric cars but not for electric bikes.
- Increased funding for maintenance of shoulders, bike lanes and paths used by people who cycle.
- More funding for road safety education focused on cycling.
- Increased funding for cycling skills training for children.
What service improvements should be given priority?
- More enforcement of traffic laws focused on saving lives; speeding, distracted driving and drunk driving. This will help save lives, reduce healthcare costs and lower ICBC rates.
What are your ideas, approaches, and/or priorities for creating good jobs and to build a sustainable economy in every corner of our province?
- Investing funding in cycling and walking networks across the Province will create jobs in communities around the province.
- Cycling and walking infrastructure generates significantly more jobs per amount invested than road projects.
- BC has great cycling tourism potential. Unfortunately, BC is not investing enough in building and maintaining high quality cycling tourism routes. For example, sections of the Trans Canada Trail and Kettle Valley Railway are unridable due to poor maintenance and damage caused by motorized vehicles.
- Good cycling and walking facilities will attract talent and businesses to BC communities.
Thank you for supporting safer cycling
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