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.

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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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  • signed via 2017-02-18 22:39:22 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-17 11:47:46 -0800
    there is a real need!
  • signed 2017-02-17 11:03:43 -0800
    I am running as Green MLA for Mission Maple Ridge, and I want agree that the MVA is outdated and needs amendment to achieve the above objectives.
  • signed 2017-02-16 21:44:43 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-16 19:23:17 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-16 15:02:13 -0800
    It is all about green energy health and excersise so many health benifits taking health care one step higher.
  • signed 2017-02-14 15:58:04 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-13 16:38:04 -0800
    because I believe there are new exciting electric technologies which will make it easir for BC residents to see our beautiful province,
  • signed 2017-02-13 14:40:30 -0800
    Lonnie Pears
  • signed 2017-02-13 08:35:08 -0800
    I work 60+ hours a week to be broke. Some people need a pedal vehicle, we need something cheap.
  • signed 2017-02-12 16:58:03 -0800
    I’m signing to help to encourage those whom wish to bring communities closer by being able to bike to them, getting the bikes away from the streets, and for those like me who believe that biking is the best form of travel.
  • signed via 2017-02-12 15:01:05 -0800
    Cycling is good for health and we really need to improve the overall health of the population (even if only to help rein in health care costs) and it’s better for the planet…
  • signed 2017-02-09 21:31:50 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-09 16:02:57 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-08 11:36:06 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-07 20:56:10 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-05 02:26:02 -0800
    I would like to buy an Electric Bike and replace my car but my financial situation won’t allow me to do so just yet, removing the PST and having rebates would certainly help.
  • signed 2017-02-03 20:11:23 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-03 12:41:32 -0800
  • signed 2017-02-01 00:02:23 -0800
    I care about our world
  • signed via 2017-01-31 21:31:58 -0800
  • signed via 2017-01-31 18:32:28 -0800
  • signed via 2017-01-31 13:28:28 -0800
    I’m a cyclist and I will be we these trails.

    This is a fantastic opportunity for the Okanagan corridor; both business people and tourists alike.
  • signed 2017-01-31 10:52:48 -0800
    Connected cycling paths throughout the Okanagan will be beneficial for the environment, tourism, and our fitness levels. An excellent initiative we can all get behind.
  • signed 2017-01-30 09:29:16 -0800
  • signed via 2017-01-30 07:39:13 -0800
    I love cycling
  • signed via 2017-01-28 13:07:01 -0800
  • signed 2017-01-27 13:42:08 -0800
    This is an important part of our commitment to clean energy transport and to broaden the reach of cycling as a healthy lifestyle approach. 😊
  • signed 2017-01-25 21:21:28 -0800
  • signed 2017-01-25 12:18:08 -0800
    I ride my bike as principal green transportation in my community to reduce GHG emissions and increase health for all.

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