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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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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  • signed 2017-10-01 08:24:40 -0700
    Denise gatien
  • signed via 2017-09-29 19:52:55 -0700
  • signed 2017-09-27 18:08:49 -0700
    Does not make sense why e-bike is not exempt from PST as it is a bike with some assistance to make it easier to go uphill.
  • signed 2017-09-27 16:24:23 -0700
    This route currently has a very poor reputation with visiting cyclists. I’d like to spend more time on the Sunshine Coast, cycling and exploring various parts, but the lack of safe cycling conditions is a real drawback.
  • signed 2017-09-27 09:56:44 -0700
    family of cyclists who need safe and reliable routes
  • signed 2017-09-26 16:28:48 -0700
  • signed 2017-09-26 16:04:01 -0700
    I am signing because as a cyclist I want to feel safe on the road.
  • signed via 2017-09-25 20:27:44 -0700
  • signed via 2017-09-23 08:26:43 -0700
  • signed 2017-09-21 15:46:08 -0700
    I’m passionate about health, fitness, personal decision making and saving the planet from harmful pollution.

  • signed 2017-09-20 11:45:45 -0700
  • signed via 2017-09-20 10:55:15 -0700
    I, like many others, spend a good deal of time on a cycling commute and just exploring. A protected route would do wonders!
  • signed 2017-09-17 19:43:38 -0700
  • signed 2017-09-12 11:36:42 -0700
    I cycle commute a lot
  • posted about this on Facebook 2017-09-11 23:45:19 -0700
    Well, Lets see!!!!
  • signed 2017-09-07 15:33:46 -0700
  • signed via 2017-09-07 13:26:23 -0700
  • signed 2017-09-04 15:35:13 -0700
  • signed 2017-09-04 12:46:05 -0700
    the bike is the best definition of independence, community and self respect.
  • signed 2017-08-29 16:24:16 -0700
  • signed 2017-08-29 07:14:05 -0700
    I have young family and friends who live in BC and these issues are important to their safety and their health.
  • signed via 2017-08-28 13:21:29 -0700
  • signed 2017-08-27 11:42:44 -0700
    I’m a commuter and recreational cyclist and would love to see more people engaging in cycling instead of driving their vehicles.
  • signed 2017-08-27 06:41:28 -0700
  • signed 2017-08-26 14:08:46 -0700
    I do not feel completely safe cycling to work from Kitsilano to downtown Vancouver.
  • signed 2017-08-26 13:52:21 -0700
    Cycling is the only way to become the Greenest city
  • signed via 2017-08-25 11:35:15 -0700
  • signed 2017-08-24 10:05:55 -0700
    I’m horrified by the petition tabled to remove bike lanes from Burrard Bridge.
  • signed 2017-08-24 08:51:00 -0700
    Electric bikes have the potential to radically change the commuting dynamic for the better. They catalyze access to cycle commuting for people with physical challenges, or those who live too far to bear the task of the commute on the daily. This will reduce emissions, traffic congestion, and health care costs as it gets a new segment of the population out more regularly!
  • signed 2017-08-20 15:58:09 -0700
    I want to see a safe passing law of 1.5 M on all Hwys in BC for drivers passing cyclists.

    Reconsider the practice of only repaving the travelled lanes on BC Hwys with Hot in Place and leaving the shoulders to age and deteriorate.

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