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
5,264 SUPPORTERS
736 needed to reach 6,000

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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 2017-11-07 20:18:07 -0800
    I am passionate about the individual, community, and national benefits of cycling.
  • signed 2017-11-04 18:59:50 -0700
    I believe cycling solves several of problems we face. It helps transportation congestion, physical health, and the environment.
  • signed 2017-11-03 16:00:58 -0700
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-31 16:44:59 -0700
    Walking and cycling are wonderful transportation devices that requires greater support. A great need for health and safety.
  • signed 2017-10-31 16:43:15 -0700
    I would prefer to ride a bike in safety.
  • signed 2017-10-31 14:48:34 -0700
  • signed via 2017-10-30 12:04:23 -0700
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-28 20:01:17 -0700
    Im signing because I feel that everybody has the right to safe active transport.
  • signed 2017-10-28 20:00:35 -0700
    Im signing because I feel that everybody has the right to safe active transport.
  • signed 2017-10-28 09:06:28 -0700
    I
  • signed 2017-10-27 22:47:18 -0700
  • signed 2017-10-27 20:07:05 -0700
    I’m signing because I want to safely travel by walking and biking.
  • signed 2017-10-24 23:00:23 -0700
    I enjoy cycling for many reasons, but primarily because it is a people powered activity.
  • signed via 2017-10-23 20:43:40 -0700
  • signed via 2017-10-23 17:52:34 -0700
  • signed 2017-10-22 08:45:18 -0700
    The more we can remove barriers to keeping people active, the better. Saves money in the long run.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-21 18:25:45 -0700
    please ensure this includes accessibility options for people with wheelchairs and mobility problems
  • signed via 2017-10-21 18:25:33 -0700
    please ensure this includes accessibility options for people with wheelchairs and mobility problems
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-10-21 18:19:53 -0700
    For our physical, mental, financial and economic well-being we need to invest now!
  • signed 2017-10-21 18:19:39 -0700
    For our physical, mental, financial and economic well-being we need to invest now!
  • signed 2017-10-18 16:10:37 -0700
    Because cycling is an amazing form of transportation! I love it! It can be so difficult though, when it is not safe, there are no bike routes in the area you are cycling, if cars aren’t passing safely. It ruins the whole experience!
  • signed 2017-10-16 12:00:27 -0700
    I’m signing because I believe that by promoting cycling, it will cut many costs as people rely less on cars and become healthier. There is no downside to this.
  • signed 2017-10-13 22:42:37 -0700
    I support good health
  • signed 2017-10-13 14:50:16 -0700
    I love the smell of clean air in the mornings.
  • signed via 2017-10-10 14:46:28 -0700
    Cycling lanes separated from car traffic by physical barriers have been shown to increase cycling in municipalities significantly. This is because those who avoided cycling because they felt unsafe, now feel safe.


    Please invest in separated bike lanes as a green form of transportation that provides physical and mental health benefits to citizens of all ages.
  • signed 2017-10-09 12:47:38 -0700
    I want to bike for health and pleasure but am uncomfortable riding in traffic.
  • signed 2017-10-09 08:38:01 -0700
  • signed 2017-10-05 10:13:44 -0700
    I have been a bike commuter for almost 40 years. I would like to see more of my friends and peers do it by feeling safe and comfortable riding in the city.
  • signed 2017-10-04 18:21:45 -0700
    I love bicycles.
  • signed 2017-10-03 08:13:52 -0700

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