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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 recently released its Climate Leadership Plan which did not include any new cycling initiatives. While the Climate Leadership Team’s recommendations to the Government include the possibility of using Carbon Tax revenue to fund cycling and walking infrastructure, the Climate Leadership Plan is deferring any increase in the Carbon Tax to further discussions with the Federal Government.

The Plan acknowledges there is much work still to be done and states:

B.C. is committed to reaching our 2050 target to reduce GHG emissions to 80 per cent below 2007 levels. That means continuing to update our plan, which we will do over the course of the following year and every five years after that.

The Climate Leadership Team acknowledged the importance in the short term of the creation of communities more conducive to transit, walking and biking so there is still the opportunity for the Province to commit to investing more in cycling over the coming year.

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)

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 $2.3 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 over doubled increasing from 50,000 to 131,000. In Central Okanagan, daily cycling trips increased by 43% from 2007 to 15,400 in 2013.

We are being heard:

Since the start of the Billion for Bikes campaign, the BC Government has increased cycling funding by $2 million to $8 million per year. Much more is needed but that is a good start. The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services has also officially recommended investment in cycling. Read the details about the recommendation here.

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 fundraising. A sincere thank you to those who have already donated. 

3. Write Premier Clark and Your MLA

Please Premier Clark know that you want cycling to be a big part of its plans to address climate change. 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, info@bccc.bcca, local_organization_email, local_mla_email

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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
4,590 SUPPORTERS
410 needed to reach 5,000

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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, $15 or $20 per month or a one-time donation.

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  • Norway Will Spend $1.25 Billion on Bike Highways

    Norway has just announced a new network of bicycle highways to fight GHG emissions. They will connect inner cities to outer suburbs enabling long distance cycling commuting. From City Lab: As part of a plan announced last week, the country will spend a massive 8 billion Norwegian Kroner ($1.25 billion CAN) creating 10 broad, two-lane, cross-country bike tracks in and near Norway’s nine largest cities, allowing longer-distance cyclists to travel with a speed and safety hitherto impossible. A key component of plans to slash Norway’s transit emissions by half, the bike highway scheme still faces some resistance. Not only is cycling in Norway relatively uncommon by Scandinavian standards, but the new highways will be constructed in a mountainous country that is cold and dark for much of the year. These broad, twin-lane tracks will do more than offer protection, per se. They’ll allow cyclists to speed up safely, riding at up to 40 kilometers (25 miles) per hour and thus making longer commutes feasible. If they succeed, they should take pressure off roads and public transit and help to cut Norway’s fossil fuel use. The investment should be worth it—if healthier Norwegians cycle around an increasingly car-free country with low- or zero-emission vehicles as a standard, schemes like the bike highway may end up paying for themselves. Norway has around 5 million people, only around 10% more than BC. Plus the climate is similar and their current levels of cycling are not that much higher than ours. Time for BC to follow Norway's lead and invest $1 billion in cycling including similar bicycle highways to help address Climate Change and reduce congestion. Please sign the petition and share it with your friends.
  • German Cycle Super Highway to Take 50,000 Cars off the Roads

    It's a cycling dream: no red lights, no trucks, just a clear, smooth lane to zoom down with the wind in your face. Welcome to Germany's first bicycle Autobahn. Fans hail the smooth new velo routes as the answer to urban traffic jams and air pollution, and a way to safely get nine-to-fivers outdoors. As a glimpse of a greener urban transport future, Germany has just opened the first five-kilometre stretch of a bicycle highway that is set to span over 100 kilometres. It will connect 10 western cities including Duisburg, Bochum and Hamm and four universities. Almost two million people live within two kilometres of the route and will be able to use sections for their daily commutes, said Martin Toennes of regional development group RVR. Aided by booming demand for electric bikes, which take the sting out of uphill sections, the new track should take 50,000 cars off the roads every day, an RVR study predicts.  The new type of bike routes are around four metres wide, have overtaking lanes and usually cross roads via overpasses and underpasses. The paths are lit and cleared of snow in winter. Cycle Super Highways are also being proposed for Frankfurt, Munich and Nuremberg. Photo: Patrik Stollarz/AFP More at: http://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/germany-gives-green-light-to-bicycle-autobahn-1.2721620 We need Cycle Super Highways like this in BC. Help make them happen. Please sign the Cycling and Walking for Everyone petition and share it with your friends, family and co-workers.
  • Cycling, Walking, Transit Top Priority in Climate Plan Survey

    Not surprisingly, clean transportation including cycling, public transit and walking was the top transportation priority of people who responded to the BC Government's Climate Leadership Plan survey. In response to Question 2: Where would you like to begin, 50% choose "Increasing use of clean, coordinated transportation such as public transit, carpooling, shared travel, bicycles and walking should be a government priority. Of course we will have to do all the measures including increasing the cost of fossil fuels and regulations & incentives to increase the use of cleaner fuels to meet our climate targets. However, this is yet another clear signal to the government that people want increased investment in cycling, walking and transit. The B.C. on the Move had similar results. With Premier Clark indicating that spending will increase leading up to the next election, now is an ideal time to show your support for cycling and walking. 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 her 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 wheelchairs, skateboards & in-line skates Enhancing cycling education for children & adults Promoting cycling & walking Encouraging electric bike use by eliminating the PST & providing rebates    
  • Canada Could Have 12% of Trips by Cycling in 2030, BC Even Higher

    Since we submitted our recommendations for dramatically increased investment in cycling to the Climate Leadership Plan team in September, A Global High Shift Cycling Scenario (HSC), was released in mid November. The study by the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy and the University of California, Davis, confirms the significant potential for cycling and electric bicycle use to significantly reduce GHG emissions while providing significant cost savings to individuals and government. The results show that a world with a dramatic increase in cycling could save society US $24 trillion cumulatively between 2015 and 2050 in urban passenger transport costs, and cut CO2 emissions from urban passenger transport by nearly 11 percent in 2050 compared to a High Shift scenario without a strong cycling emphasis. Please sign the petition and share it with your friends, family and co-workers. For Canada, the report projects a HSC cycling mode share of 12% in 2030 and 16% in 2050. As British Columbia’s 2011 cycling commuting mode share of 2.1% is higher than Canada’s 1.3% and the winter climate is rather mild in areas of BC where a significant portion of the population lives, we would expect the potential HSC cycling mode share of BC to be greater than that of Canada as a whole. The Metro Vancouver Regional Cycling Strategy predicts that upon buildout, the cycling network in Metro Vancouver is expected to increase cycling from 1.8% of trips to 10%  of trips at a cost of $850 million. The Capital Regional District Regional Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan predicts cycling network buildout will increase cycling from 5.9% of trips to 15% of trips at a cost of $275 million. Based on these numbers, we estimated that with an investment of $1 billion matched by another $1 billion by the Federal Government and municipalities, the cycling mode share could increase to 12% by 2025. The Metro Vancouver Regional Cycling Strategy or Capital Regional District Regional Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan did not consider scenarios like HSC reflecting the high potential of electric bicycles.  Electric bicycles are important especially for communities suburban and rural where trip distances are often far too long for walking and even human powered bicycles. With electric bicycles, people can easily cover distances of 10 or even 20 kilometres in a reasonable amount time making them useful for a vast majority of daily trips. Cycling is already popular. In the B.C. on the Move public opinion survey, 72% of respondents supported cycling improvements. Almost 70% of adults in BC ride a bicycle at least once a year, 42% at least once a month and 25% at least once a week. Many want to cycle more, with around 65% indicating they would ride more if there were separated bike lanes that protected them from traffic. There are no technical barriers to dramatically increasing bicycle or electric bicycle use and, while a $1 billion is a significant investment, it is much less than a few large highway projects and would directly benefit far more people and communities across the Province. This investment would build upon the significant investment the Province has already made in cycling on projects throughout BC over the last two decades. Aside from the reduction in urban passenger transportation costs outlined in the attached research, the Provincial Government would also see a significant return on this investment in terms of reduced health care costs and other benefits to society from increased cycling.   We are strongly recommending to the Government of BC that High Shift Cycling Scenarios are used in developing cycling and transportation recommendations in the Climate Leadership Plan and that the Provincial Government develops and implements an Active Transportation Strategy to help the residents of British Columbia realize the many benefits of cycling and walking. Please sign the petition and share it with your friends, family and co-workers.
  • Cycling could save cities $25 trillion

    A new study indicates that an increase cycling could save $25 trillion and reduce transportation-related CO2 emissions 10 percent by 2050. From VeloNews.com According to the study published by University of California (UCD), Davis, a combination of investments and public policies could bring the global average of bike and e-bike use up 14 percent by 2050 (of urban kilometers). Savings of around $25 trillion could be achieved by reducing the need for new car-related infrastructure and maintenance. “Cycling is a crucial means of transport for millions of people around the world,” said Brian Cookson, president of the UCI. “This report demonstrates that, if more governments followed good examples like the Netherlands or Denmark to make their cities better for cycling, we’d see huge benefits from lower carbon emissions, hugely reduced costs in transport infrastructure, and potentially safer, healthier places.” The $1 billion for cycling and walking over ten years that the BC Cycling Coalition is recommending could increase cycling mode share to around %12 by 2025, well on the way to the 2050 target of 23% in the study. More in the Executive Summary. Here is the BC Cycling Coalition Climate Leadership Plan Submission. Info graphics from The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. Please sign the petition and share it with your friends, family and coworkers! We need your support to make this all happen. As the BCCC not a charity, we can’t issue tax receipts. However, that means we are not limited in the amount of money that we can and will devote for advocacy. Please donate to support the Billions for Bikes campaign.
  • 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? 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. Show Emails Show Mailing Addresses Email Some Note that your postal code may not always return your correct riding, MLA, MP and candidates. Contact Elections BC to verify your riding and candidates. Thanks to OpenNorth for the representative and candidate database. Take Action: Tell the Leaders to Remove the PST and Add Rebates for E-bikes Let them know how more affordable electric bikes and dramatically increased investment in cycling networks will help you and others in your community get around. Optional email code to: Christy Clark Premier Christy.clark@bcliberals.com PO BOX 9041 STN PROV GOVT Victoria BC V8W 9E1 John Horgan Official Opposition House Leader M John.Horgan@bcndp.ca BC Andrew Weaver Leader, Green Party of BC M andrew.weaver@bcgreens.ca Victoria BC Michael de Jong Minister of Finance Mike.dejong@bcliberals.com BC Carol James Opposition Spokesperson for Finance carole.james.mla@leg.bc.ca BC Office of the Minister of Finance FIN.Minister@gov.bc.ca Letter writing tips Dear Friend Don't post this publicly Sincerely, If you have an account, sign in with Facebook, Twitter or email. Send me email updates Send me text messages I want to volunteer Yes. I Want the PST on E-bikes Eliminated! cc: Todd Stone Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd.stone@bcliberals.com BC Claire Trevena Opposition Spokesperson for Transportation and Infrastructure F Claire.trevena@bcndp.ca BC Office of the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Minister.Transportation@gov.bc.ca Mary Polak Minister of Environment Mary.polak@bcliberals.com Langley BC George Heyman Opposition Spokesperson for Environment, Green Economy, and Technology M George.heyman@bcndp.ca 642 W Broadway Vancouver BC V5Z 1G1 Sonia Furstenau Environment Spokesperson, Green Party of BC F cwv@bcgreens.ca Cowichan BC V0R 3E1 Office of the Minister of Environment ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca Find using: Current Location | Riding and Name | Postal Code Enter your Postal Code above to find your MP Loading... Loading... 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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! 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.  Photo: Essential Baby | eZee 

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