Cycling for Everyone - A Billion for Bikes Petition

Cycling for Everyone - A Billion for Bikes Petition

Bold Action Now

It is time for bold action now to enable every person, including older adults and children, in BC to cycle or walk for their everyday trips.

Investing $1 billion over ten years in cycling and walking will send a strong message to the world that BC is serious about addressing Climate Change.

Cycling and walking will become attractive choices for everyone, leading to significantly improved fitness and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, congestion, and traffic injuries and fatalities. The paths and protected bike lanes could also be used by people in wheelchairs and other mobile devices.

Investing in cycling and walking will benefit the economy by increasing tourism, reducing healthcare costs, increasing workplace productivity, attracting talented workers, and reducing the societal costs of traffic fatalities and injuries.

Cycling is Popular

There is broad public support for cycling improvements. In the B.C. on the Move Engagement Survey, 72% of respondents supported enhancing cycling infrastructure. Cycling is popular. 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.

A Transportation Bargain

On a per dollar basis, we all benefit more from cycling more than other modes. 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 (cycling and walking)
  • City of Chilliwack: $27 Million
  • City of Kamloops: $13 Million

At current rates of investment, these plans will take 30, 40 or even 50 years to complete, leaving people to brave busy roads on their bikes or more likely, not bothering to bike at all. Today's children will be grandparents by then.

The Provincial investment combined with local and federal funds will enable the completion of ambitious local and regional plans across BC. For example, the Metro Vancouver Regional Cycling Strategy predicts that upon network build out, cycling will increase to 10% of trips. The CRD Regional Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan predicts cycling network build out cycling mode share will increase to 15%

Leadership 

Premier Clark presented at the Paris climate summit in December. By including cycling as a key component in the new Climate Leadership Plan, British Columbia will encourage others to make similar investments in cycling.

Paris, the host city of COP21, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, is planning on increasing cycling from 5% to 15% of all trips by 2020 through investing in bicycle paths and other measures to encourage cycling. 

Funding Sources

The funding for the $1 billion investment could come from a variety of sources including an increase in the Carbon Tax, predicted budget surpluses, a reallocation of transportation budget, cutting the tax break on those earning over $150,000 or a tax on sugary drinks.

By providing people with practical and safe transportation choices, this investment would decrease the rate of the Carbon Tax required to meet Provincial goals also saving money for those who don't cycle or walk.

Take Action

Please sign and share the petition with your contacts.

More Info

BC Cycling Coalition Climate Leadership Plan Submission

Regional Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan, Capital Regional District

Metro Vancouver Regional Cycling Strategy Implementation Plan

Recommendations by the Canadian Diabetes Association for B.C. Budget 2016

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
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Bold Action Now

It is time for bold action now to enable every person, including older adults and children, in BC to cycle or walk for their everyday trips.

Investing $1 billion over ten years in cycling and walking will send a strong message to the world that BC is serious about addressing Climate Change.

Cycling and walking will become attractive choices for everyone, leading to significantly improved fitness and reduced greenhouse gas emissions, pollution, congestion, and traffic injuries and fatalities. The paths and protected bike lanes could also be used by people in wheelchairs and other mobile devices.

Investing in cycling and walking will benefit the economy by increasing tourism, reducing healthcare costs, increasing workplace productivity, attracting talented workers, and reducing the societal costs of traffic fatalities and injuries.

Cycling is Popular

There is broad public support for cycling improvements. In the B.C. on the Move Engagement Survey, 72% of respondents supported enhancing cycling infrastructure. Cycling is popular. 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.

A Transportation Bargain

On a per dollar basis, we all benefit more from cycling more than other modes. 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 (cycling and walking)
  • City of Chilliwack: $27 Million
  • City of Kamloops: $13 Million

At current rates of investment, these plans will take 30, 40 or even 50 years to complete, leaving people to brave busy roads on their bikes or more likely, not bothering to bike at all. Today's children will be grandparents by then.

The Provincial investment combined with local and federal funds will enable the completion of ambitious local and regional plans across BC. For example, the Metro Vancouver Regional Cycling Strategy predicts that upon network build out, cycling will increase to 10% of trips. The CRD Regional Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan predicts cycling network build out cycling mode share will increase to 15%

Leadership 

Premier Clark presented at the Paris climate summit in December. By including cycling as a key component in the new Climate Leadership Plan, British Columbia will encourage others to make similar investments in cycling.

Paris, the host city of COP21, the United Nations Conference on Climate Change, is planning on increasing cycling from 5% to 15% of all trips by 2020 through investing in bicycle paths and other measures to encourage cycling. 

Funding Sources

The funding for the $1 billion investment could come from a variety of sources including an increase in the Carbon Tax, predicted budget surpluses, a reallocation of transportation budget, cutting the tax break on those earning over $150,000 or a tax on sugary drinks.

By providing people with practical and safe transportation choices, this investment would decrease the rate of the Carbon Tax required to meet Provincial goals also saving money for those who don't cycle or walk.

Take Action

Please sign and share the petition with your contacts.

More Info

BC Cycling Coalition Climate Leadership Plan Submission

Regional Pedestrian and Cycling Master Plan, Capital Regional District

Metro Vancouver Regional Cycling Strategy Implementation Plan

Recommendations by the Canadian Diabetes Association for B.C. Budget 2016

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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.

It is time for bold action now to enable every child, woman and man in BC to cycle or walk for their everyday trips. Please spread the word.

Posted by British Columbia Cycling Coalition (BCCC) on Friday, November 13, 2015
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  • signed 2016-08-24 19:33:41 -0700
    I am signing because I am a lifelong cyclist. Too often cyclists’ rights are neglected, trampled on, dismissed. A bicycle is a slow moving vehicle that makes it different from faster moving vehicles. However, cyclist behaviour is oftentimes irresponsible, childish. Education a training of cyclists is as important as educating automobile drivers.
  • signed 2016-08-24 15:37:02 -0700
    Cycling is great!
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-24 15:30:50 -0700
    Cycling is awesome!
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-08-24 15:28:50 -0700
    Everyone should be able to cycle safely for their daily trips!
  • signed 2016-08-24 13:14:28 -0700
  • signed via 2016-08-23 11:00:03 -0700
    I’m signing because… if you build trails, if you make them safe and enjoyable, people will come and ride them… It’s just the beginning of the green revolution.
  • signed 2016-08-23 08:34:50 -0700
  • signed 2016-08-22 23:45:06 -0700
    it is a dream of mine to see safe biking routes!
  • signed 2016-08-22 18:12:16 -0700
    I am committed to making this work for green tourism and for the benefit of the health of the population and creation of businesses on Vancouver Island.
  • signed 2016-08-22 14:55:33 -0700
    S/b no Tax on bicycles or staying fit & saving the environment
  • signed 2016-08-22 10:32:23 -0700
    We need transit, cycling and pedestrian transportation solutions more than we need more roads and bridges.
  • signed via 2016-08-21 20:36:35 -0700
  • signed via 2016-08-21 16:55:05 -0700
    This trail is long overdue.
  • signed 2016-08-21 13:50:12 -0700
    I ride that stretch of Highway, and it sorely needs independent bicycle lanes!
  • signed 2016-08-21 10:49:03 -0700
  • signed 2016-08-20 18:21:39 -0700
    I want to go electric but can’t afford to.
  • signed 2016-08-20 14:33:09 -0700
  • signed 2016-08-20 09:15:30 -0700
    I have cycled this route many times with friends from Courtenay and with Victoria Grandmothers for Africa who use this route annually in their Campbell River to Victoria fundraiser.

    I share the concerns expressed.
  • signed 2016-08-20 00:38:24 -0700
  • signed 2016-08-19 22:26:25 -0700
    Raise the carbon tax, and invest 1 billion per year to upgrade bicycling and walking facilities, and invest another 1 billion per year in public transport (electric trains heavy and light)
  • signed 2016-08-19 21:32:22 -0700
    I am an avid 64-year old cyclist
  • signed 2016-08-19 17:45:48 -0700
  • signed 2016-08-19 16:42:59 -0700
    We need transportation alternatives now more than ever. Cycling infrastructure saves lives directly by reducing collisions, indirectly by reducing air pollution and promoting cardiovascular health, and also helps to reduce CO2 emissions.
  • signed 2016-08-19 13:36:26 -0700
    I support my tax dollars being invested in cycling infrastructure, and to promote healthy active transportation.
  • signed 2016-08-19 12:42:56 -0700
  • signed 2016-08-19 10:26:22 -0700
  • signed 2016-08-18 22:53:17 -0700
    I cycle at least 10km a day, and it’s added a huge amount to my life. It’s faster than taking a car, and healthier, too. Everyone in the GTA should have easy access to this method of transportation.
  • signed 2016-08-18 21:22:52 -0700
  • signed 2016-08-18 20:38:30 -0700
    Bicycling infrastructure has taken the back seat for far too long, and now needs to catch up.
  • signed via 2016-08-18 17:08:28 -0700
    I am 100% in favour of promoting cycling in all its aspects and especially electric bikes for seniors, thank-you.