A Billion for Bikes - Cycling for Everyone Petition

A Billion for Bikes - Cycling for Everyone Petition

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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%

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%

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 
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  • 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 2016-12-09 11:09:16 -0800
    I’m signing because I bike to work everyday and having safe and accessible bike routes is very important. More roads need bike lanes for those who commute. Not only that but intersections are very dangerous. Drivers do no shoulder check when turning right and often try and squeeze between the cars ahead and the sidewalk to try and turn right, but they drive into he bike lane when doing so. I can’t even count how many times I’ve almost been hit by people doing this! But it’s definitely weekly! I think more of the posts near intersections are need that stop cars from driving into the bike like at the intersections. We have a couple intersections with those and they are great.
  • signed via 2016-12-08 15:12:22 -0800
  • signed 2016-12-08 14:14:43 -0800
    I am a cyclist! :) On numerous occasions I have dangerously encountered irresponsible motor vehicle traffic and am happy to say I AM still here. What I am saying is: “Cyclists have rights too, including the (Right Of Way)”. Please do something proactive in the way of ensuring our great grand children can enjoy a REAL Christmas Tree, clean lakes, drinkable water, by SAVING THE ENVIRONMENT and countless pedestrian and cyclist lives.
  • signed 2016-12-08 12:08:41 -0800
    Great cycling and walking infrastructure helps make for great liveable cities.
  • signed 2016-12-08 09:34:01 -0800
    I very strongly support self-propelled transportation options, the environmental and health benefits are enormous.
  • signed 2016-12-08 09:27:46 -0800
    we need to promote active transportation in ALL our communities, not just the ones in Metro Vancouver!
  • signed 2016-12-08 09:00:11 -0800
  • signed 2016-12-08 08:44:25 -0800
    I’m signing because the Coquihalla Highway is a cyclist’s nightmare.
  • signed via 2016-12-08 00:11:39 -0800
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-12-07 21:38:50 -0800
    I just signed!
  • signed via 2016-12-07 21:38:32 -0800
  • signed 2016-12-07 21:20:10 -0800
    Cycling greatly improves quality of life. Being active reduces illness, and using bicycles for transport saves emissions and money. I support increased cycling infrastructure, particularly segregated lanes so people of all ages can enjoy.
  • signed 2016-12-07 21:02:40 -0800
    I’m signing because climate change. Every little bit helps.
  • signed 2016-12-07 20:40:31 -0800
  • signed via 2016-12-07 20:31:30 -0800
    Cycling is fantastic to get places and is an essential component in a civilized society
  • signed 2016-12-07 19:49:21 -0800
    E-bikes should be exempt from PST.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-12-07 19:28:45 -0800
    Better cycling infrastructure is important to me
  • signed 2016-12-07 19:28:36 -0800
    Better cycling infrastructure is important to me
  • signed 2016-12-07 18:36:16 -0800
    I have been cycling for transport, health, recreation, the environment for well over fifty years. One of the best ways governments have to improve all these things – transport, health, recreation, the environment – is by facilitating bicycling by people of all ages.
  • signed 2016-12-07 18:06:31 -0800
  • signed via 2016-12-07 18:02:15 -0800
  • signed 2016-12-07 15:23:38 -0800
  • signed 2016-12-07 10:04:17 -0800
  • posted about this on Facebook 2016-12-06 22:20:55 -0800
    I just signed!
  • signed 2016-12-06 22:20:46 -0800
  • signed 2016-12-06 21:01:55 -0800
  • signed via 2016-12-05 06:54:53 -0800
    I’m an avid cyclist into long distance touring. I have toured in New Zealand, Canada, and Europe. I believe the E&N rail corridor should be converted into a cycling route. It would be awesome for local tourism and fitness for locals.
  • signed via 2016-12-04 20:41:24 -0800
    It’s inevitable.. and wont be any cheaper in the future!
  • signed 2016-12-04 00:18:04 -0800
    The love-affair with cars is on its way out.
  • signed via 2016-12-03 21:12:04 -0800
    Low carbon transportation is the future.

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