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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  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-05-26 15:20:47 -0700
    I want this for BC
  • signed via 2016-05-26 15:20:31 -0700
    I want this for BC
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-05-26 13:34:39 -0700
    I just signed!
  • signed via 2016-05-26 13:34:12 -0700
  • signed via 2016-05-26 12:56:40 -0700
    Cycling is a great way to build a community, encouraging friendly approachable interactions.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-05-26 12:36:36 -0700
    Biking is the best answer to how to get people away from cars and into active transportation. Good cycling infrastructure is what is required to get kids onto bikes and to keep them there for future generations. There really isn’t a down side to this.
  • signed via 2016-05-26 12:36:18 -0700
    Biking is the best answer to how to get people away from cars and into active transportation. Good cycling infrastructure is what is required to get kids onto bikes and to keep them there for future generations. There really isn’t a down side to this.
  • signed via 2016-05-26 10:47:10 -0700
    I love to ride my bike on safe roads.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-05-26 10:31:12 -0700
    I want my kids to be safe on their bikes. I want the bike lanes maintained.
  • signed via 2016-05-26 10:30:32 -0700
    I want my kids to be safe on their bikes. I want the bike lanes maintained.
  • signed via 2016-05-26 10:16:26 -0700
    I believe in biking for everyone
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-05-26 08:43:28 -0700
    I feel unsafe on the roads with disrespecting motorists that are angry because I share the road with them on my bicycle. There needs to be an educational element as well as an infrastructural component to help with this problem
  • signed via 2016-05-26 08:43:06 -0700
    I feel unsafe on the roads with disrespecting motorists that are angry because I share the road with them on my bicycle. There needs to be an educational element as well as an infrastructural component to help with this problem
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-05-25 23:11:13 -0700
    I believe that investing in cycling infrastructure will help our children feel safe to cycle to school again, to support them leading healthy lifestyles, and to show the public that we can prevent heart disease and diabetes by spending less on treatment, and more on prevention.
  • signed via 2016-05-25 23:10:42 -0700
    I believe that investing in cycling infrastructure will help our children feel safe to cycle to school again, to support them leading healthy lifestyles, and to show the public that we can prevent heart disease and diabetes by spending less on treatment, and more on prevention.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-05-25 22:18:42 -0700
    More bikes equals less pollution and a healthier population. Look at Holland, never look to emulate the United States on Health issues. Get on your bikes and invest my tax dollars in preventive medicine…(ie. hills hurt and couches and cars kill in more ways than one).
  • signed via 2016-05-25 22:18:19 -0700
    More bikes equals less pollution and a healthier population. Look at Holland, never look to emulate the United States on Health issues. Get on your bikes and invest my tax dollars in preventive medicine…(ie. hills hurt and couches and cars kill in more ways than one).
  • signed via 2016-05-25 19:47:01 -0700
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-05-25 19:15:36 -0700
    I just signed!
  • signed via 2016-05-25 19:14:49 -0700
  • signed via 2016-05-25 10:00:24 -0700
  • signed 2016-05-24 21:47:45 -0700
  • signed 2016-05-23 23:43:47 -0700
  • signed 2016-05-23 08:11:21 -0700
  • signed via 2016-05-21 23:24:06 -0700
    I’ve gone through sections of the Sea to Sky holding my breath and just hoping I make it to the next safe stretch. Knowing that if a rented RV goes by at the same time I’ll probably end up road kill.
  • signed 2016-05-21 14:55:59 -0700
  • signed 2016-05-21 11:34:00 -0700
  • signed 2016-05-21 09:08:51 -0700
    Cycling is the best way to keep people healthy and prevent health care costs from increasing. It’s also a great way for communities to promote their services as so many retired baby boomers look for cycle trips. It makes huge sense to convert unused rail beds to cycle paths throughout the province such as Kettle Valley has proven.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-05-20 22:23:21 -0700
    I just signed!
  • signed 2016-05-20 22:22:28 -0700