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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  • signed 2017-06-16 12:17:40 -0700
    I strongly believe that increasing bicycle infrastructure in our communities is one of key aspects of improving their sustainability and live-ability. As a person who has been bike-commuting year round for over 25 years, I have watched how the increased popularity of bike commuting has transformed our city. I sincerely believe that we need to continue to invest in cycling infrastructure to encourage more community members to make cycling part of their daily life.
  • signed 2017-06-16 12:08:09 -0700
  • signed 2017-06-16 11:58:48 -0700
  • signed 2017-06-16 11:58:41 -0700
  • signed 2017-06-16 11:56:48 -0700
    I am signing because I strongly support cycling as a means of reducing pollutions, reducing costly automobile infrastructure and helping people maintain a healthy lifestyle throughout life. I have knee problems but I can still cycle even though running and hiking are not advisable anymore.
  • signed 2017-06-16 11:56:16 -0700
  • signed 2017-06-16 06:47:42 -0700
  • signed 2017-06-15 21:26:39 -0700
  • signed 2017-06-15 11:23:20 -0700
    The importance of safe and protected bike lanes are now ever more critical as we encourage more people to use sustainable modes of transport.
  • signed 2017-06-15 06:36:23 -0700
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  • signed via 2017-06-14 10:08:08 -0700
  • signed 2017-06-13 01:57:38 -0700
  • signed 2017-06-12 21:12:58 -0700
    I am a rider and concerned voter. It makes no sense to tax this mode of transport.
  • signed 2017-06-12 12:53:47 -0700
    I’m cycling because cycling is for everyone :)
  • signed via 2017-06-12 12:53:21 -0700
  • signed 2017-06-12 11:03:01 -0700
    I have seen too many accidents involving cars and bikes. It’s time to make cycling safer for everyone!
  • signed via 2017-06-11 11:05:47 -0700
  • signed via 2017-06-10 14:24:35 -0700
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  • signed via 2017-06-09 09:48:06 -0700
    I want to encourage everyone to live a healthier life, behave responsibly, and reduce their carbon footprint by walking, cycling, using public transport, etc. We all have to do what we can, and together we can make a difference.

  • signed via 2017-06-07 15:51:11 -0700
    I have a PEDAL ASSIST bike and I was stopped saying I have a motor bike and I could get a ticket. This bike has no electric mode other than pedal power, stop pedaling the bike stops just like any other bike

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  • signed 2017-06-07 08:42:46 -0700
    Walking and cycling are inexpensive ways to stay physically and mentally healthy. We need the courage to develop long term strategies so future generations will see these activities as just a normal way of getting around.
  • signed 2017-06-06 13:29:40 -0700
  • signed via 2017-06-05 19:39:01 -0700
    I believe in separating bicycles and cars. We are heading closer to more humane transportation
  • signed 2017-06-05 06:59:15 -0700
  • signed 2017-06-04 23:43:53 -0700
  • signed 2017-06-04 13:12:05 -0700
    “We go for a walk around town and are gobsmacked by the number of cyclists. There are very few cars. It’s a curious sensation. There is so much activity, but very little noise. Everything moves at a human pace. The sidewalks are wide with space for pedestrians and bike parking. Every bike has its own wheel lock and bike stand, unlike Bruce and Aiwa. Whenever we cross the road, it’s easy to make eye contact with oncoming cyclists. We still have to rush to get across because there is so much two-wheeled traffic, but it all seems much more human. I’m astonished. It’s not only quieter but there is so much more space. In most streets, there are no parked cars, so vistas open up in front of us.”


    “Perhaps the one image we have of big cities is the noise and chaos of traffic -the blasting of car horns, the jostling of taxis picking up passengers, the heft of buses pulling into a stop. In Groningen all of that is removed, replaced by people and bicycles. It’s a glimpse into the past, the present and the future. Groningen will be the template for all our cities when we’ve finally given up the car addiction. The 180000 residents of Groningen own 71,000 cars and a whopping 300,000 bicycles. Studies have shown that bicycle journeys make up to 59% of all trips within the city boundaries. All this has ocurred because the local authorities have progressively weaned the citizens from their dependency on cars by providing bicycle friendly infrastructure and simple design rules preventing cars from ruling the streets. I maybe too old to see this happen in my own backward country, but I’m pleased I got to see it here in The Netherlands. If there’s hope for civilisation, it’s in the bicycle. After wandering in a satisfied daze for an hour, we take a seat at an outdoor café and order two beers and watch the world go past at 15 kph.
    from “Cycling North: from the French Mediterranean to the fjords of Norway by bicycle (Eurovelo Series Book 5)” by Steven Herrick


  • signed 2017-06-04 11:18:01 -0700
    I fully support the idea of this investment . Cycling , hiking keeps us fit.

    I’m also in support for having the trails for people using wheelchairs .

    And yes eliminate the PST and provide rebates for electric bikes .

    What a great idea.

    Heinrich
  • signed via 2017-06-02 19:03:25 -0700
    I believe in safe, responsible cycling for all to enjoy.
  • signed via 2017-06-02 06:27:55 -0700

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