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
5,374 SUPPORTERS
626 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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  • posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-11 16:51:57 -0800
    Sign the petition! Tell BC to invest #Billion4Bikes so everyone can cycle & walk safely for their daily trips
  • signed 2015-12-11 16:51:20 -0800
    I live in two cities on Vancouver Island and cycle year round. Year round. It can be terrifying at times, but its better than taking the infrequent buses in a small town and multiple transfers in the city. The risk of cycling deters many from its incredible health benefits. If routes were more bicycle friendly, congestion on the roads would be decreased and health statuses would be improved! In addition to better infrastructure, better education for both motorists and cyclists on how to be safe would be great!
  • signed via 2015-12-11 16:37:44 -0800
  • signed 2015-12-11 16:28:22 -0800
    Biking is a great transportation alternative. It is also good for health.
  • posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-11 16:01:54 -0800
    Sign the petition! Tell BC to invest #Billion4Bikes so everyone can cycle & walk safely for their daily trips
  • signed 2015-12-11 15:18:05 -0800
  • signed via 2015-12-11 14:56:09 -0800
  • signed 2015-12-11 14:47:54 -0800
  • signed 2015-12-11 14:13:20 -0800
  • signed 2015-12-11 14:09:13 -0800
  • signed 2015-12-11 13:17:48 -0800
    I’m signing because we need to create a culture where healthy living is the norm and not the extreme. By making people feel safer and empowering them to use a good biking system, is just a small part of building that culture.
  • signed 2015-12-11 12:39:35 -0800
    Because I am passionate about cycling, as my sport, my hobby, and as an efficient, economical and sustainable way of transportation. The more biking infrastructure we have, the safer biking becomes. The cause-and-effect of this would mean more people choose bikes over cars, because one of the biggest challenges people face with biking as transportation, is their own safety- there are too many cars on the road so lets start the movement for shifting that majority to bikes instead!
  • signed 2015-12-11 12:34:16 -0800
  • signed 2015-12-11 12:17:22 -0800
  • signed 2015-12-11 12:01:28 -0800
  • signed 2015-12-11 11:29:45 -0800
    Cycling is a no brainer. It will help save the world. Do it.
  • signed 2015-12-11 11:13:02 -0800
    I love riding my bike.
  • signed 2015-12-11 11:07:43 -0800
    Bikes for every one! One less car!
  • signed 2015-12-11 10:42:53 -0800
  • signed 2015-12-11 10:29:33 -0800
  • signed 2015-12-11 10:27:41 -0800
    It’s about time we stop using fossil fuel.
  • signed 2015-12-11 10:06:48 -0800
    I believe cycling will save us.
  • signed 2015-12-11 10:00:39 -0800
    Vancouver traffic (and other BC towns) is getting insane, Urban density, environment, health, etc..
  • signed 2015-12-11 10:00:13 -0800
  • posted about this on Facebook 2015-12-11 09:50:48 -0800
    Sign the petition! Tell BC to invest #Billion4Bikes so everyone can cycle & walk safely for their daily trips
  • @AvrgeJoeCyclist tweeted link to this page. 2015-12-11 09:50:44 -0800
    Sign the petition! Tell BC to invest #Billion4Bikes so everyone can cycle & walk safely for their daily trips http://www.bccc.bc.ca/everyone?recruiter_id=4158
  • signed 2015-12-11 09:15:31 -0800
    I was hit by a car last week while biking. We need this.
  • signed 2015-12-11 09:02:40 -0800
  • signed 2015-12-11 08:54:14 -0800
    I’m signing because I care for our planet, our nation and our community; and for individual health. More people cycling and walking will eventually reverse climate change, renew our planet and improve health and quality of life for Canadians.
  • signed via 2015-12-11 08:36:45 -0800

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