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 2016-06-26 21:47:27 -0700
    It will encourage and allow more people to purchase an electric bike (more affordable) which in turn will increase the number of people cycling and cycling longer distances.
  • signed 2016-06-26 21:46:23 -0700
    I own an e-bike and commute to work. Incentives like this will encourage more people to come on board!
  • signed via 2016-06-25 17:03:11 -0700
    for health and economic benefits a route, especially taking the E&N railway easement, for bikes along the east coast would be a great tourist enhancement to the Island. Instead of occasional rail stations, there could be any number of b&b’s, small pubs, offset routes to wineries etc.
  • signed 2016-06-24 20:34:02 -0700
    Because it is the right thing to do.
  • signed 2016-06-23 15:11:29 -0700
    I love biking but am often too scared on our existing roads. Everyone should be able to bike safely across the entire province.
  • signed via 2016-06-20 14:26:20 -0700
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-06-19 22:29:14 -0700
    Sign the petition! Tell BC to invest #Billion4Bikes so everyone can cycle & walk safely for their daily trips
  • signed 2016-06-18 22:57:13 -0700
    cuz i bike

  • signed 2016-06-18 22:19:37 -0700
    Im signing because i think we should get a rebate on electric bikes
  • signed 2016-06-18 21:52:20 -0700
    I think this is a great idea!

    And I would use it myself.
  • signed 2016-06-18 16:20:05 -0700
  • signed 2016-06-18 15:16:39 -0700
    I’m epileptic and my bike is my transportation. I appreciate what is being done on Burrard; keep it up!
  • signed 2016-06-18 12:43:18 -0700
    craigslist lead generation craigslist lead generation
  • signed 2016-06-18 08:00:35 -0700
  • signed 2016-06-16 11:48:13 -0700
    Affirmative proactive action with benefits galore

    elected officials-what’s the hold up?
  • signed 2016-06-16 09:54:51 -0700
    because it’s ridiculous to subsidize a hybrid car and not an e-bike. Or a regular bike and not an e-bike. They should only subsidize pedal assist e-bikes, in my opinion.
  • signed via 2016-06-15 18:26:43 -0700
    I"M SIGNING THIS PETITION I’M A CYCLIST . THIS BIKE ROUTE IS NEEDED ASAP IT WILL PREVENT FATALITIES ALSO THIS ROUTE IS USED ALMOST EVERY DAY

    SPECIALLY IN THE SUMMER TIME. THANK YOU
  • signed 2016-06-14 23:02:38 -0700
  • signed 2016-06-13 18:42:18 -0700
    I want a clean, safe, family friendly environment for generations to come. We have messed up big time. Time to make it right.
  • signed via 2016-06-13 10:19:32 -0700
    I’m signing because I believe all of us should have access to the beauty of the lakes, rivers and valleys; trails provide a familiarity with the landscape that helps to make all of us stewards and protectors.
  • signed 2016-06-12 17:07:28 -0700
    I ride my bike every day and I risk my life doing it. BC roads are not safe enough for cyclists. We need better planning and better design of road infrastructure. We need awareness of cycling safety built into road plans.
  • signed 2016-06-11 05:14:58 -0700
    We must get cars off the road and do all we can to eNC our age cycling. Healthful. Almost silent. Pollutionless.
  • signed 2016-06-09 22:22:33 -0700
  • signed 2016-06-09 11:59:18 -0700
  • signed 2016-06-09 09:07:40 -0700
    The reasons for change are all around us … rising obesity rates … noise and air pollution from automobiles … chronic stress … disappearing greenspaces … dying city centers … personal isolation … and the list goes on.
  • signed 2016-06-08 14:00:32 -0700
  • signed 2016-06-07 20:48:09 -0700
  • signed 2016-06-07 12:55:50 -0700
    NO I AM NOT SIGNING THIS BECAUSE I WANT THE RESTORATION OF PASSENGER RAIL SERVICE. YOU CAN CAMPAIGN FOR A PARALLEL BICYCLE PATH RUNNING PARALLEL TO THE RESTORED RAILWAY — I WILL NOT TOLERATE ANY SUGGESTION TO REMOVE THE TRACKS. I WANT MY TRAIN BACK!!!!!!!
  • signed 2016-06-07 12:34:14 -0700
    e-bikes need to have taxes removed and subsidies of between $500 and $750, depending on battery size and value, from an approximately $15-20 million fund.
  • signed via 2016-06-07 10:23:53 -0700
    i CYCLE, I WALK, I HIKE, AND I ENJOY THE GLORIOUS OPPORTUNITY TO OUR NATURAL SURROUNDINGS WITHOUT THE USE OF CAR