A Billion for Bikes - Cycling for Everyone Petition

A Billion for Bikes - Cycling for Everyone 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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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.

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 2016-09-25 19:07:35 -0700
  • signed 2016-09-25 18:12:12 -0700
    Pedelec use should be encouraged in our province.
  • signed 2016-09-25 16:21:29 -0700
    It’s the right thing to do and will encourage people to get out of their cars
  • signed 2016-09-25 15:16:03 -0700
  • signed 2016-09-25 09:37:18 -0700
  • signed 2016-09-24 17:53:50 -0700
  • signed 2016-09-24 14:33:36 -0700
  • signed 2016-09-24 11:39:10 -0700
    Please remove pst from e-bike purchase.
  • signed 2016-09-24 09:56:01 -0700
  • signed 2016-09-23 16:53:04 -0700
    I’m signing the petition because I have already bought 5 electric scooter from owner because it was way cheaper that way but now I have to buy one from a dealer and with the dam PST it become very expensive to buy especially that I’m only on social assistance,and i need the electric scooter in order to get me back to work.
  • signed 2016-09-23 10:20:54 -0700
  • signed 2016-09-22 21:02:43 -0700
    For the love of cycling
  • signed via 2016-09-22 19:41:56 -0700
    being an environmentalist and an advocate for clean air, I see this as one of the greatest opportunities that we have ever had to showcase the beauty of our great Islands.
  • signed 2016-09-22 18:59:39 -0700
  • signed 2016-09-22 14:21:45 -0700
    My family with 4 young kids will absolutely take advantage of this.
  • signed 2016-09-22 13:52:17 -0700
    I would use it!
  • signed 2016-09-21 20:45:40 -0700
    This will be an awesome trail!
  • signed 2016-09-21 18:48:23 -0700
    I want more bike paths and lanes on the Sunshine Coast
  • signed 2016-09-21 13:16:31 -0700
  • signed 2016-09-21 11:02:22 -0700
    This is an amazing idea!!
  • signed 2016-09-21 09:50:42 -0700
    Cycling is awesome and more people should have safe and efficient cycling and hiking paths
  • signed via 2016-09-21 07:47:48 -0700
  • signed via 2016-09-21 07:41:18 -0700
    I love the Okanagan
  • signed 2016-09-21 07:19:39 -0700
  • signed 2016-09-20 20:40:43 -0700
  • signed 2016-09-20 20:34:39 -0700
  • signed 2016-09-20 19:58:28 -0700
    It is an opportunity of a lifetime.
  • signed 2016-09-20 18:31:13 -0700
    cycling is the best way to see, appreciate, enjoy, embrace, and not harm the beauty of nature’s many wonders.
  • signed 2016-09-20 17:11:10 -0700
    The Okanagan/Shuswap NEEDS to move towards supporting more cycling infrastructure and healthy tourism.
  • signed 2016-09-20 13:38:32 -0700

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