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More Provincial Cycling Funding Needed

Cycling has the potential to provide many B.C. families with increased affordable transportation choices and economic opportunities. While it already is a popular activity, with sufficient investment, cycling can become a practical safe transportation option for many more people of all ages, leading to significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions, reliance on oil, congestion, health care costs, and cycling fatality rates. 

To realize these benefits, the BCCC recommends that Provincial Government increase its investment in cycling and walking to $100 million per year.

A Comprehensive Cycling Strategy

The BCCC and our member cycling organizations recommend that the Province of BC and municipal partners develop and implement a Comprehensive Cycling Strategy that enables residents and visitors of all ages and abilities to safely and conveniently cycle throughout the province for transportation, recreation and tourism.

Maximizing the Benefits of Investments in Cycle

Over the last two decades, there has been significant investment by all levels of government in cycling routes in communities around the Province. However, often these routes are not connected to each other. Many destinations are still not served by safe comfortable convenient cycling connections. Until people can cycle from anywhere to anywhere without worrying if there is a good bicycle route, many won’t chose to ride a bicycle and we will not realize the full economic, health, environmental and social benefits from the hundreds of millions of dollars already invested in cycling.

Accelerated Investment

As part of a Comprehensive Cycling Strategy, the BCCC recommends a significant acceleration of the investment in cycling networks including bicycle paths, separated bicycle lanes and other high quality bicycle facilities totalling $175 million per year by all levels of government. This investment in infrastructure, accompanied by funding for education, promotion, and end-of-trip facilities, will enable residents and visitors of all ages and abilities to safely and conveniently cycle throughout the province, fostering healthier individuals and communities.

We encourage the Provincial Government to show strong leadership by committing $100 per year for all ages cycling and walking networks and education. A public opinion poll commissioned by the BCCC found that 42% of B.C. residents support increasing cycling investment to $75 million per year while only 28% are opposed.

Economic Benefits

Making BC the North American leader in cycling will bring many economic benefits including:

  • Boosting tourism and the local retail economy
  • Increased tax revenue and jobs from the bicycle industry
  • Increased worker productivity due to higher levels of physical fitness
  • Attracting the skilled professionals required to build the businesses of the future who value the benefits of a healthy environment and physical fitness
  • Increased expertise in planning high quality cycling facilities which can be exported around the world

Combatting Childhood Obesity and Physical Inactivity

Strategy for Combatting Childhood Obesity and Physical Inactivity in British Columbia by the Select Standing Committee on Health of the Legislative Assembly of BC estimated that the direct and indirect cost of obesity and inactivity combined in British Columbia is likely in the range of one billion dollars a year and two to three times larger when including reduced productivity and increased susceptibility to illness and disease. This situation may become even worse if action is not taken to enable and encourage physical activity among children. The Committee stated

We also believe that schools, municipalities, and the province must work together to ensure that every student in British Columbia has access to safe walking or cycling routes.

The Strategy recommended the Government provide additional resources to promote cycling and improve walking and cycling routes to schools and throughout communities.

High Public Interest and Support

Interest in and support for active and integrated approaches to transportation is high throughout the province. For example:

  • Nearly 70% of B.C. residents cycle at least once a year, 42% cycle at least once a month and 25% cycle at least once a week;
  • In Metro Vancouver, 85% supporting government funding, planning, and promoting of cycling;
  • In the Capital Region, 82% of residents support funding for cycling;
  • In 2010, UBCM passed a resolution supporting increased funding for cycling;
  • 35 rural communities in British Columbia have supported a motion calling for increased provincial investment in cycling infrastructure;
  • In 2013, 19,280 British Columbians took part in Bike to Work Week. Participation increased by 26.8% over 2011 and reduced CO2 by 208,269 kg; and
  • BC has hosted several sustainable transportation conferences in the last few years including Walk21, ACT Canada, Velo Village and Velo-City Global.

Inadequate Funding for Communities

Communities across the province have produced extensive cycling network plans. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding, these cycling networks may not be complete for 20 to 30 years. For instance:

  • Surrey has recently completed a cycling plan that includes over 470 km of additional bike lanes and paths. With current funding, it plans on completing around 12km per year but has indicated that additional funding from senior levels of government would speed implementation of the plan.
  • The recently completed Pedestrian & Cycling Master Plan – Capital Regional District estimated the cost of upgrading the bicycle network to attract people of all ages and abilities is around $275 million.
  • TransLink has estimated that completing all ages cycling networks around the region may be much higher than $800 million. Due to lack of new funding sources, in 2013, TransLink is only investing $2 million.

Decades of Underinvestment

A large expenditure on cycling facilities is required to make up ground lost through several decades of underinvestment . The Netherlands, widely hailed as the world leader in cycling, spends approximately $40 per person per year on cycling. Several other jurisdictions with cycling levels similar to that of BC are matching or exceeding that level of investment. London Mayor Johnson recently announced he will increase  cycling funding to $619 million over the next three years.

Significant Benefits

We estimate that by 2023, yearly cycling investments of this level could increase cycling mode share to 9% enabling the people of BC to save around $285 million per year through reduced gasoline use alone, let alone the reduction in health care and other costs.

Cost Effective

No other transportation investment of similar size can boast the potential to be enjoyed by people of all ages and income brackets, in communities large and small, throughout the province. High quality cycling facilities that are attractive to a significant portion of the population such as bicycle paths and separated bicycle lanes can cost from $1 million to $4 million per km (1/6 the cost of one km of road network for motorized vehicles). This investment will enable the construction of hundreds of kilometres of high quality facilities in communities around the province, giving the majority of British Columbians access to great bicycle routes.

Everyone Benefits

Importantly, cycling facilities also benefit those who don’t ride a bicycle. Multi-use paths are used by pedestrians, in-line skaters, electric wheelchairs, personal mobility scooters, and skateboards. Traffic calming along bicycle routes benefits neighbourhoods, making streets safer for all pedestrians. But it has particular benefit for seniors, children, and the disabled. Bike lanes along busy streets calm traffic, enhancing the pedestrian environment and creating a more welcoming retail atmosphere.

Tourism Potential

Building on the success of Spirit of 2010 Trails and the Trans Canada Trail, a network of cycling routes linking communities and attractions throughout the province will also offer visitors and residences wonderful cycle touring experiences. This dramatic increase in cycling tourism could have significant economic benefits to rural and urban BC communities. Oregon estimated that in 2012, cycling tourists contributed $325 million to their economy.

Keeping Our Athletes Safe

Athletes in cycling and other sports require safe cycling facilities to train on. People training for charity fundraising rides and events like the Grand Fondo also require safe cycling facilities. Improving cycling routes will not only make the sport safer and more enjoyable, that peace of mind can encourage more people to participate in clubs, organized rides, and charitable events.

More Info

POLL: Cycling Popular, Province-Wide Support for Cycling Investment

Cycling Investment Elsewhere

Five is the New Twenty – The Advantages of Quickly Completing Cycling Networks

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  • Cycling is Mass Transportation - It Needs to Funded Accordingly

    Increases in the number of people cycling and walking in BC communities including Victoria, Whistler, North Vancouver, Kelowna and Vancouver, demonstrate that cycling and walking are mass transportation solutions worthy of substantial investment. To help enable everyone to cycle and walk for their daily trips, we recommend that the Provincial Government accelerate its cycling and walking investment to $100 million per year. This, along with investment from communities and the Federal Government, will enable communities to build out their cycling networks thus enabling the benefits including GHG emissions reductions and health care cost savings to be realized sooner. This funding would be used to upgrade Provincial roads and bridges; complete cycling and walking networks in communities; provide Safe and Healthy Routes to School; and for paths used by visitors and residents. Show Emails Show Mailing Addresses Email Some Note that your postal code may not always return your correct riding, MLA, MP and candidates. Contact Elections BC to verify your riding and candidates. Thanks to OpenNorth for the representative and candidate database. Let the Leaders Know You Want Increased Cycling Investment Tell them what the problems and solutions are in your community and what better cycling would mean for your family and friends. Optional email code to: Christy Clark Premier Christy.clark@bcliberals.com PO BOX 9041 STN PROV GOVT Victoria BC V8W 9E1 John Horgan Official Opposition House Leader M John.Horgan@bcndp.ca BC Andrew Weaver Leader, Green Party of BC M andrew.weaver@bcgreens.ca Victoria BC Letter writing tips Dear Friend Don't post this publicly Sincerely, If you have an account, sign in with Facebook, Twitter or email. Send me email updates Send me text messages I want to volunteer Yes, I want to help make cycling great in BC! cc: Todd Stone Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd.stone@bcliberals.com BC Claire Trevena Opposition Spokesperson for Transportation and Infrastructure F Claire.trevena@bcndp.ca BC Office of the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Minister.Transportation@gov.bc.ca Michael de Jong Minister of Finance Mike.dejong@bcliberals.com BC Carol James Opposition Spokesperson for Finance carole.james.mla@leg.bc.ca BC Office of the Minister of Finance FIN.Minister@gov.bc.ca Judy Darcy Opposition Spokesperson for Health F Judy.darcy@bcndp.ca 737 Sixth Street New Westminster BC V3L 3C6 Office of the Minister of Health hlth.minister@gov.bc.ca BC Mary Polak Minister of Environment Mary.polak@bcliberals.com Langley BC George Heyman Opposition Spokesperson for Environment, Green Economy, and Technology M George.heyman@bcndp.ca 642 W Broadway Vancouver BC V5Z 1G1 Sonia Furstenau Environment Spokesperson, Green Party of BC F cwv@bcgreens.ca Cowichan BC V0R 3E1 Office of the Minister of Environment ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca Find using: Current Location | Riding and Name | Postal Code Enter your Postal Code above to find your MP Loading... Loading... Lookup Your MLA Add another MLA Your Local Cycling Organization Your Local Cycling Organization British Columbia Cycling Coalition info@bccc.bc.ca PO Box 47104 RPO City Square Vancouver BC V5Z 4L6 Send Email By entering your email, you consent to receive essential updates critical to making cycling safer for your family & friends from British Columbia Cycling Coalition. We respect your privacy. Your info will not be shared. You may unsubscribe at any time. By checking Send me email updates, you will receive action updates (1 or 2 per month) critical to making cycling safer for your family & friends from British Columbia Cycling Coalition. The larger our email list, the more likely the Province will improve cycling. You may unsubscribe at any time. We 100% guarentee privacy. Your info will not be shared. Privacy policy. This investment will help address the deficit estimated to be $2 billion for cycling and $2.6 billion for walking. Around $7 billion will be invested in B.C. over the next 3 years in transportation and the Government is projecting surpluses of over $200 million per year so there is plenty of funding available. Cycling and walking are popular activities that many people in B.C. want to do more often Almost 70% of adults in B.C. ride a bicycle at least once a year, 42% at least once a month and 25% at least once a week. Cycling and walking are especially popular among young people (18-35) with 8% cycling and 10% walking to work. Many people want to cycle more, with 65% indicating they would ride more if there were separated bike lanes that protected them from traffic. 14% of adults 18-35 years old say cycling would be their ideal commute. 34% of B.C. residents say walking (23%) or cycling (11%) would be their ideal commute. Cycling and walking are popular activities that many people in B.C. want to do more often Almost 70% of adults in B.C. ride a bicycle at least once a year, 42% at least once a month and 25% at least once a week. Cycling and walking are especially popular among young people (18-35) with 8% cycling and 10% walking to work. Many people want to cycle more, with 65% indicating they would ride more if there were separated bike lanes that protected them from traffic. 14% of adults 18-35 years old say cycling would be their ideal commute. 34% of B.C. residents say walking (23%) or cycling (11%) would be their ideal commute. There is broad public support for cycling improvements 72% of B.C. On the Move Engagement Survey respondents supported enhancing cycling infrastructure. Where significant investments have been made, cycling has increased dramatically Between 2008 and 2015, daily cycling trips by City of Vancouver residents increased from 50,000 to 131,000. In 2015, 10% of Vancouver residents cycled to work, up from 4.4% in 2011. In the Central Okanagan, daily cycling trips increased by 43% to 15,400 between 2007 and 2013. Whistler’s cycling commute mode share was 8% in 2011, an increase of 31% since 2006. Many trips are within reasonable cycling distance In the Netherlands, electrically assisted bicycle trips average a distance of 9.8 km each way, while regular bicycle trips average 6.3 km. According to the 2011 National Household Survey, 42% of commutes are under 5 km. In B.C. 65% of all commutes are under 10 km, making them practical using an electric bicycle. Inadequate Investment - Active Transportation Deficit Regions and communities across the province have produced extensive cycling network plans. Unfortunately, due to lack of investment, these cycling networks may not be complete for 30 to 50 years unless senior levels of government dramatically increase funding. The BC Communities Road Safety Survey identified pedestrian and cyclist safety as top issues. For the the 81 municipalities that responded, “The most commonly reported challenges to implementing road safety activities were funding and staff with expertise.” TheCapital Regional District’s  Pedestrian & Cycling Master Plan estimated the cost of upgrading the bike network to attract people of all ages and abilities is around $275 million. In order to meet its target of 10%, TransLink has estimated that completing all-ages cycling networks around the Metro Vancouver region will cost at least $850 million. Kelowna’s cycling and walking Plan is estimated to cost $267 million. While the city is currently putting money aside for the program, staff have warned that at the current level of funding, the city will only have approximately $90 million to fund the plan. Squamish’s recently approved active transportation plan is estimated to cost $36 million.   Surrey’s cycling plan includes over 400 km of additional bike lanes and paths. With current funding, it plans on completing around 12 km per year, but has indicated that additional funding from senior levels of government would speed-up the implementation of the plan. Internationally, other jurisdictions are committing to significant increases in cycling. Norway, whose population is only slightly larger than B.C.’s, is planning to invest $1.25 billion in Cycling Highways to link suburbs to city centres. More Information Budget Submission - 2017 (includes references for information above) Communities on the Move recommending investing $100 million per year in active transportation.    
  • Increase investment in cycling - Finance Committee

    Good news! The BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services recommendations include increasing investment in cycling and walking. The BC Cycling Coalition presented our recommendations including investing $1 billion over 10 years in cycling and walking to the Committee in September. Specifically, the recommendation on page 53 of the report states: 94. Increase investment in active transportation (cycling and walking) in urban and rural communities, including infrastructure improvements and safety education, to promote healthy lifestyles and provide social, environmental and economic benefits. This recommendation is arguably stronger than last year's recommendation (page 53) as it supports increased investment in active transportation not just investment which may not imply an increase. Thanks to everyone who make submissions or completed the survey. Much appreciated! The report states: Active transportation also emerged as a recurring theme within the online survey, with many respondents proposing active transportation (as well as transit) related recommendations under the “other” options. The report acknowledges some of our key points on page 51.  Providing appropriate and safe infrastructure to facilitate and encourage cycling and walking gives British Columbians access to practical, affordable and alternative means of getting around. Proponents pointed to the economic, social and public health benefits of increasing investment in active transportation through reduced congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, improved physical and mental health, and improved overall quality of life. A number of submissions also referenced the economic opportunities of attracting visitors to the province through cycling tourism. The British Columbia Cycling Coalition (BCCC) and the BC Healthy Living Alliance (BCHLA) reiterated their suggestion from previous years for the development of a comprehensive Active Transportation Strategy. The BCCC emphasized the need for a multi-modal transportation system for all ages and abilities, while the BCHLA focused on designing communities to support activity in children and families. Both organizations also supported cycling education to improve safety and decrease conflicts between road users.   The report has been sent to the Legislature who will likely approve the new budget in the Spring. Take Action 1. Sign the Petition Please sign and share the Cycling for Everyone - Billion for Bikes petition.  2. Donate  Along with lending your voice, monetary support is immensely appreciated. The BC Cycling Coalition's ability to push for change is fueled by generous contributions from folks like yourself. A sincere thank you to those who have already donated.  3. Write Premier and Your MLA Please Premier Clark know that you want dramatic increased investment in cycling. We are recommending $1 billion over ten years. Let them know what greatly improved cycling would mean for your family and community.  Email premier@gov.bc.ca and cc: oppositionleader@leg.bc.ca, FIN.Minister@gov.bc.ca, andrew.weaver.mla@leg.bc.ca, hlth.minister@gov.bc.ca, Minister.Transportation@gov.bc.ca, ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca, claire.trevena.MLA@leg.bc.ca, carole.james.mla@leg.bc.ca, spencer.herbert.MLA@leg.bc.ca, david.eby.MLA@leg.bc.ca,  judy.darcy.mla@leg.bc.ca info@bccc.bc.ca, local_organization_email, local_mla_email 
  • Olso to Invest $2.1 Billion in 510km Cycling Network

    Olso is planning on increasing its cycling mode share to 16% by 2025 by investing to $2.1 Billion (Kr13.8 billion) to create a network of 510km of cycling infrastructure. From Cycling Industry News: Once completed, the updated network will place 85% of citizens within 200 metres of a cycle path. Within the inner city, eight key routes will cover 50 km and will form key commuter arteries. The announcement adds that the bulk of these will be suitable for riders aged 2 to 80 years, suggesting that these will be segregated from traffic flows. More here. Norway is also planning on investing $1.25 billion on cycling highways. Clearly, Norway is setting a great example that BC and Canada should follow.  Please sign the petition and share it with your friends.
  • London Mayor Sadiq Khan to Invest $305 million/year in Cycling

    Congratulations to new London Mayor Sadiq Khan on his historic victory. During the campaign he promised to double the annual cycling budget to £164m ($305 million CAN). Cycling is a form mass transport that requires serious investment. As London's population was 8.4 million in 2012, that amounts to around $36 per person per year, almost the $40 per person per year invested in the Netherlands. If BC was to invest at the same rate, that would amount to around $165 million per year. Time for British Columbia to follow the lead of the British and invest in cycling for everyone. Please sign the Billon for Bikes petition and donate so we can reach a lot more people. London is investing relatively large amounts in cycling is because it is really their only near term option. They are expanding transit capacity but these efforts are both very expensive and can take decades to complete. TfL commissioner, Peter Hendy states: capacity on London's transport network would be improved far more quickly and cheaply, and with positive effects on the cycle routes, than other schemes on the horizon such as Crossrail 2. Even back in 2013, bicycles accounted for 24% of vehicles in London's morning rush hour. London's cycling commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, told the Guardian: Cycling is clearly a mass mode of transport in central London and until now it hasn't been treated as such. Nearly all provision for cycling is based on the presumption that hardly anyone cycles, that you can make do with shoving cyclists to the side of the road and that just clearly is wrong. Sadiq Khan has also said: "I am committed to continuing the investment in the Cycle Superhighways programme and upgrading existing segregated cycle ways to a higher standard. I also want to roll out more 20mph zones in residential areas, having long campaigned for their introduction in my own constituency of Tooting. Moreover, I would be strongly in favour of adopting a variant of the Idaho Law and I have pledged to revise the list of junctions in need of immediate attention, prioritising improving those where the most deaths and accidents have occurred. Doing this is absolutely essential because Londoners must be able to move around their city with confidence and as safely and efficiently as possible. More here. 
  • Norway Will Spend $1.25 Billion on Bike Highways

    Norway has just announced a new network of bicycle highways to fight GHG emissions. They will connect inner cities to outer suburbs enabling long distance cycling commuting. From City Lab: As part of a plan announced last week, the country will spend a massive 8 billion Norwegian Kroner ($1.25 billion CAN) creating 10 broad, two-lane, cross-country bike tracks in and near Norway’s nine largest cities, allowing longer-distance cyclists to travel with a speed and safety hitherto impossible. A key component of plans to slash Norway’s transit emissions by half, the bike highway scheme still faces some resistance. Not only is cycling in Norway relatively uncommon by Scandinavian standards, but the new highways will be constructed in a mountainous country that is cold and dark for much of the year. These broad, twin-lane tracks will do more than offer protection, per se. They’ll allow cyclists to speed up safely, riding at up to 40 kilometers (25 miles) per hour and thus making longer commutes feasible. If they succeed, they should take pressure off roads and public transit and help to cut Norway’s fossil fuel use. The investment should be worth it—if healthier Norwegians cycle around an increasingly car-free country with low- or zero-emission vehicles as a standard, schemes like the bike highway may end up paying for themselves. Norway has around 5 million people, only around 10% more than BC. Plus the climate is similar and their current levels of cycling are not that much higher than ours. Time for BC to follow Norway's lead and invest $1 billion in cycling including similar bicycle highways to help address Climate Change and reduce congestion. Please sign the petition and share it with your friends.
  • Good news - Investing in Cycling Recommended by BC Finance Committee!

    Some good news! The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services recommendations include investing to expand cycling infrastructure and safety education. The BC Cycling Coalition presented our recommendations including investing $1 billion over 10 years in cycling and walking to the Committee in September. Specifically, the recommendation on page 48 of the report state: Invest in improvements to expand cycling infrastructure, promote cycling as an alternative transportation model and to increase cycling safety awareness and education among cyclists and drivers.  The report also states on page 46: Cycling Several submissions detailed the importance of promoting cycling, suggesting this is an area with huge potential to grow and thus provide B.C. communities with more affordable transportation choices and increased economic and health benefits for the province. The British Columbia Cycling Coalition (BCCC) presented to the Committee in Richmond with their suggestions for developing a comprehensive Active Transportation Strategy including infrastructure, Super Cycleways and electric bicycles. The BC Healthy Living Alliance (BCHLA) also supported the benefits to the province of creating a Provincial Active Transportation Strategy, giving examples of how this is already being developed in other provinces, including Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia. The BCCC asserted that with sufficient investment and policy support, cycling and walking can become practical options for many more people, leading to significantly improved fitness, reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and traffic congestion and fatalities. They propose that with additional investment in this area, it will be possible to further increase tourism, reduce health care costs, increase workplace productivity, attract talented workers and reduce the societal costs of traffic fatalities and injuries. The BCCC report suggests that many people want to cycle more, with approximately 65 percent indicating they would ride more if there were separated bike lanes that protected cyclists from traffic.  The report has been sent to the Legislature who will likely approve the new budget in the Spring. The recommendation from the Committee is a good sign. Still, it will take a lot of effort to encourage the Government to invest more in cycling. Please sign and share the petition and donate to our Billions for Bikes Campaign.  
  • Cycling is Mass Transportation - It Needs to Funded Accordingly

    Increases in the number of people cycling and walking in BC communities including Victoria, Whistler, North Vancouver, Kelowna and Vancouver, demonstrate that cycling and walking are mass transportation solutions worthy of substantial investment. To help enable everyone to cycle and walk for their daily trips, we recommend that the Provincial Government accelerate its cycling and walking investment to $100 million per year. This, along with investment from communities and the Federal Government, will enable communities to build out their cycling networks thus enabling the benefits including GHG emissions reductions and health care cost savings to be realized sooner. This funding would be used to upgrade Provincial roads and bridges; complete cycling and walking networks in communities; provide Safe and Healthy Routes to School; and for paths used by visitors and residents. Show Emails Show Mailing Addresses Email Some Note that your postal code may not always return your correct riding, MLA, MP and candidates. Contact Elections BC to verify your riding and candidates. Thanks to OpenNorth for the representative and candidate database. Let the Leaders Know You Want Increased Cycling Investment Tell them what the problems and solutions are in your community and what better cycling would mean for your family and friends. Optional email code to: Christy Clark Premier Christy.clark@bcliberals.com PO BOX 9041 STN PROV GOVT Victoria BC V8W 9E1 John Horgan Official Opposition House Leader M John.Horgan@bcndp.ca BC Andrew Weaver Leader, Green Party of BC M andrew.weaver@bcgreens.ca Victoria BC Letter writing tips Dear Friend Don't post this publicly Sincerely, If you have an account, sign in with Facebook, Twitter or email. Send me email updates Send me text messages I want to volunteer Yes, I want to help make cycling great in BC! cc: Todd Stone Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd.stone@bcliberals.com BC Claire Trevena Opposition Spokesperson for Transportation and Infrastructure F Claire.trevena@bcndp.ca BC Office of the Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Minister.Transportation@gov.bc.ca Michael de Jong Minister of Finance Mike.dejong@bcliberals.com BC Carol James Opposition Spokesperson for Finance carole.james.mla@leg.bc.ca BC Office of the Minister of Finance FIN.Minister@gov.bc.ca Judy Darcy Opposition Spokesperson for Health F Judy.darcy@bcndp.ca 737 Sixth Street New Westminster BC V3L 3C6 Office of the Minister of Health hlth.minister@gov.bc.ca BC Mary Polak Minister of Environment Mary.polak@bcliberals.com Langley BC George Heyman Opposition Spokesperson for Environment, Green Economy, and Technology M George.heyman@bcndp.ca 642 W Broadway Vancouver BC V5Z 1G1 Sonia Furstenau Environment Spokesperson, Green Party of BC F cwv@bcgreens.ca Cowichan BC V0R 3E1 Office of the Minister of Environment ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca Find using: Current Location | Riding and Name | Postal Code Enter your Postal Code above to find your MP Loading... Loading... Lookup Your MLA Add another MLA Your Local Cycling Organization Your Local Cycling Organization British Columbia Cycling Coalition info@bccc.bc.ca PO Box 47104 RPO City Square Vancouver BC V5Z 4L6 Send Email By entering your email, you consent to receive essential updates critical to making cycling safer for your family & friends from British Columbia Cycling Coalition. We respect your privacy. Your info will not be shared. You may unsubscribe at any time. By checking Send me email updates, you will receive action updates (1 or 2 per month) critical to making cycling safer for your family & friends from British Columbia Cycling Coalition. The larger our email list, the more likely the Province will improve cycling. You may unsubscribe at any time. We 100% guarentee privacy. Your info will not be shared. Privacy policy. This investment will help address the deficit estimated to be $2 billion for cycling and $2.6 billion for walking. Around $7 billion will be invested in B.C. over the next 3 years in transportation and the Government is projecting surpluses of over $200 million per year so there is plenty of funding available. Cycling and walking are popular activities that many people in B.C. want to do more often Almost 70% of adults in B.C. ride a bicycle at least once a year, 42% at least once a month and 25% at least once a week. Cycling and walking are especially popular among young people (18-35) with 8% cycling and 10% walking to work. Many people want to cycle more, with 65% indicating they would ride more if there were separated bike lanes that protected them from traffic. 14% of adults 18-35 years old say cycling would be their ideal commute. 34% of B.C. residents say walking (23%) or cycling (11%) would be their ideal commute. Cycling and walking are popular activities that many people in B.C. want to do more often Almost 70% of adults in B.C. ride a bicycle at least once a year, 42% at least once a month and 25% at least once a week. Cycling and walking are especially popular among young people (18-35) with 8% cycling and 10% walking to work. Many people want to cycle more, with 65% indicating they would ride more if there were separated bike lanes that protected them from traffic. 14% of adults 18-35 years old say cycling would be their ideal commute. 34% of B.C. residents say walking (23%) or cycling (11%) would be their ideal commute. There is broad public support for cycling improvements 72% of B.C. On the Move Engagement Survey respondents supported enhancing cycling infrastructure. Where significant investments have been made, cycling has increased dramatically Between 2008 and 2015, daily cycling trips by City of Vancouver residents increased from 50,000 to 131,000. In 2015, 10% of Vancouver residents cycled to work, up from 4.4% in 2011. In the Central Okanagan, daily cycling trips increased by 43% to 15,400 between 2007 and 2013. Whistler’s cycling commute mode share was 8% in 2011, an increase of 31% since 2006. Many trips are within reasonable cycling distance In the Netherlands, electrically assisted bicycle trips average a distance of 9.8 km each way, while regular bicycle trips average 6.3 km. According to the 2011 National Household Survey, 42% of commutes are under 5 km. In B.C. 65% of all commutes are under 10 km, making them practical using an electric bicycle. Inadequate Investment - Active Transportation Deficit Regions and communities across the province have produced extensive cycling network plans. Unfortunately, due to lack of investment, these cycling networks may not be complete for 30 to 50 years unless senior levels of government dramatically increase funding. The BC Communities Road Safety Survey identified pedestrian and cyclist safety as top issues. For the the 81 municipalities that responded, “The most commonly reported challenges to implementing road safety activities were funding and staff with expertise.” TheCapital Regional District’s  Pedestrian & Cycling Master Plan estimated the cost of upgrading the bike network to attract people of all ages and abilities is around $275 million. In order to meet its target of 10%, TransLink has estimated that completing all-ages cycling networks around the Metro Vancouver region will cost at least $850 million. Kelowna’s cycling and walking Plan is estimated to cost $267 million. While the city is currently putting money aside for the program, staff have warned that at the current level of funding, the city will only have approximately $90 million to fund the plan. Squamish’s recently approved active transportation plan is estimated to cost $36 million.   Surrey’s cycling plan includes over 400 km of additional bike lanes and paths. With current funding, it plans on completing around 12 km per year, but has indicated that additional funding from senior levels of government would speed-up the implementation of the plan. Internationally, other jurisdictions are committing to significant increases in cycling. Norway, whose population is only slightly larger than B.C.’s, is planning to invest $1.25 billion in Cycling Highways to link suburbs to city centres. More Information Budget Submission - 2017 (includes references for information above) Communities on the Move recommending investing $100 million per year in active transportation.    
  • Increase investment in cycling - Finance Committee

    Good news! The BC Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services recommendations include increasing investment in cycling and walking. The BC Cycling Coalition presented our recommendations including investing $1 billion over 10 years in cycling and walking to the Committee in September. Specifically, the recommendation on page 53 of the report states: 94. Increase investment in active transportation (cycling and walking) in urban and rural communities, including infrastructure improvements and safety education, to promote healthy lifestyles and provide social, environmental and economic benefits. This recommendation is arguably stronger than last year's recommendation (page 53) as it supports increased investment in active transportation not just investment which may not imply an increase. Thanks to everyone who make submissions or completed the survey. Much appreciated! The report states: Active transportation also emerged as a recurring theme within the online survey, with many respondents proposing active transportation (as well as transit) related recommendations under the “other” options. The report acknowledges some of our key points on page 51.  Providing appropriate and safe infrastructure to facilitate and encourage cycling and walking gives British Columbians access to practical, affordable and alternative means of getting around. Proponents pointed to the economic, social and public health benefits of increasing investment in active transportation through reduced congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, improved physical and mental health, and improved overall quality of life. A number of submissions also referenced the economic opportunities of attracting visitors to the province through cycling tourism. The British Columbia Cycling Coalition (BCCC) and the BC Healthy Living Alliance (BCHLA) reiterated their suggestion from previous years for the development of a comprehensive Active Transportation Strategy. The BCCC emphasized the need for a multi-modal transportation system for all ages and abilities, while the BCHLA focused on designing communities to support activity in children and families. Both organizations also supported cycling education to improve safety and decrease conflicts between road users.   The report has been sent to the Legislature who will likely approve the new budget in the Spring. Take Action 1. Sign the Petition Please sign and share the Cycling for Everyone - Billion for Bikes petition.  2. Donate  Along with lending your voice, monetary support is immensely appreciated. The BC Cycling Coalition's ability to push for change is fueled by generous contributions from folks like yourself. A sincere thank you to those who have already donated.  3. Write Premier and Your MLA Please Premier Clark know that you want dramatic increased investment in cycling. We are recommending $1 billion over ten years. Let them know what greatly improved cycling would mean for your family and community.  Email premier@gov.bc.ca and cc: oppositionleader@leg.bc.ca, FIN.Minister@gov.bc.ca, andrew.weaver.mla@leg.bc.ca, hlth.minister@gov.bc.ca, Minister.Transportation@gov.bc.ca, ENV.Minister@gov.bc.ca, claire.trevena.MLA@leg.bc.ca, carole.james.mla@leg.bc.ca, spencer.herbert.MLA@leg.bc.ca, david.eby.MLA@leg.bc.ca,  judy.darcy.mla@leg.bc.ca info@bccc.bc.ca, local_organization_email, local_mla_email 
  • Olso to Invest $2.1 Billion in 510km Cycling Network

    Olso is planning on increasing its cycling mode share to 16% by 2025 by investing to $2.1 Billion (Kr13.8 billion) to create a network of 510km of cycling infrastructure. From Cycling Industry News: Once completed, the updated network will place 85% of citizens within 200 metres of a cycle path. Within the inner city, eight key routes will cover 50 km and will form key commuter arteries. The announcement adds that the bulk of these will be suitable for riders aged 2 to 80 years, suggesting that these will be segregated from traffic flows. More here. Norway is also planning on investing $1.25 billion on cycling highways. Clearly, Norway is setting a great example that BC and Canada should follow.  Please sign the petition and share it with your friends.
  • London Mayor Sadiq Khan to Invest $305 million/year in Cycling

    Congratulations to new London Mayor Sadiq Khan on his historic victory. During the campaign he promised to double the annual cycling budget to £164m ($305 million CAN). Cycling is a form mass transport that requires serious investment. As London's population was 8.4 million in 2012, that amounts to around $36 per person per year, almost the $40 per person per year invested in the Netherlands. If BC was to invest at the same rate, that would amount to around $165 million per year. Time for British Columbia to follow the lead of the British and invest in cycling for everyone. Please sign the Billon for Bikes petition and donate so we can reach a lot more people. London is investing relatively large amounts in cycling is because it is really their only near term option. They are expanding transit capacity but these efforts are both very expensive and can take decades to complete. TfL commissioner, Peter Hendy states: capacity on London's transport network would be improved far more quickly and cheaply, and with positive effects on the cycle routes, than other schemes on the horizon such as Crossrail 2. Even back in 2013, bicycles accounted for 24% of vehicles in London's morning rush hour. London's cycling commissioner, Andrew Gilligan, told the Guardian: Cycling is clearly a mass mode of transport in central London and until now it hasn't been treated as such. Nearly all provision for cycling is based on the presumption that hardly anyone cycles, that you can make do with shoving cyclists to the side of the road and that just clearly is wrong. Sadiq Khan has also said: "I am committed to continuing the investment in the Cycle Superhighways programme and upgrading existing segregated cycle ways to a higher standard. I also want to roll out more 20mph zones in residential areas, having long campaigned for their introduction in my own constituency of Tooting. Moreover, I would be strongly in favour of adopting a variant of the Idaho Law and I have pledged to revise the list of junctions in need of immediate attention, prioritising improving those where the most deaths and accidents have occurred. Doing this is absolutely essential because Londoners must be able to move around their city with confidence and as safely and efficiently as possible. More here. 
  • Norway Will Spend $1.25 Billion on Bike Highways

    Norway has just announced a new network of bicycle highways to fight GHG emissions. They will connect inner cities to outer suburbs enabling long distance cycling commuting. From City Lab: As part of a plan announced last week, the country will spend a massive 8 billion Norwegian Kroner ($1.25 billion CAN) creating 10 broad, two-lane, cross-country bike tracks in and near Norway’s nine largest cities, allowing longer-distance cyclists to travel with a speed and safety hitherto impossible. A key component of plans to slash Norway’s transit emissions by half, the bike highway scheme still faces some resistance. Not only is cycling in Norway relatively uncommon by Scandinavian standards, but the new highways will be constructed in a mountainous country that is cold and dark for much of the year. These broad, twin-lane tracks will do more than offer protection, per se. They’ll allow cyclists to speed up safely, riding at up to 40 kilometers (25 miles) per hour and thus making longer commutes feasible. If they succeed, they should take pressure off roads and public transit and help to cut Norway’s fossil fuel use. The investment should be worth it—if healthier Norwegians cycle around an increasingly car-free country with low- or zero-emission vehicles as a standard, schemes like the bike highway may end up paying for themselves. Norway has around 5 million people, only around 10% more than BC. Plus the climate is similar and their current levels of cycling are not that much higher than ours. Time for BC to follow Norway's lead and invest $1 billion in cycling including similar bicycle highways to help address Climate Change and reduce congestion. Please sign the petition and share it with your friends.
  • Good news - Investing in Cycling Recommended by BC Finance Committee!

    Some good news! The Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services recommendations include investing to expand cycling infrastructure and safety education. The BC Cycling Coalition presented our recommendations including investing $1 billion over 10 years in cycling and walking to the Committee in September. Specifically, the recommendation on page 48 of the report state: Invest in improvements to expand cycling infrastructure, promote cycling as an alternative transportation model and to increase cycling safety awareness and education among cyclists and drivers.  The report also states on page 46: Cycling Several submissions detailed the importance of promoting cycling, suggesting this is an area with huge potential to grow and thus provide B.C. communities with more affordable transportation choices and increased economic and health benefits for the province. The British Columbia Cycling Coalition (BCCC) presented to the Committee in Richmond with their suggestions for developing a comprehensive Active Transportation Strategy including infrastructure, Super Cycleways and electric bicycles. The BC Healthy Living Alliance (BCHLA) also supported the benefits to the province of creating a Provincial Active Transportation Strategy, giving examples of how this is already being developed in other provinces, including Quebec, Ontario and Nova Scotia. The BCCC asserted that with sufficient investment and policy support, cycling and walking can become practical options for many more people, leading to significantly improved fitness, reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and traffic congestion and fatalities. They propose that with additional investment in this area, it will be possible to further increase tourism, reduce health care costs, increase workplace productivity, attract talented workers and reduce the societal costs of traffic fatalities and injuries. The BCCC report suggests that many people want to cycle more, with approximately 65 percent indicating they would ride more if there were separated bike lanes that protected cyclists from traffic.  The report has been sent to the Legislature who will likely approve the new budget in the Spring. The recommendation from the Committee is a good sign. Still, it will take a lot of effort to encourage the Government to invest more in cycling. Please sign and share the petition and donate to our Billions for Bikes Campaign.  

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A Billion for Bikes - Cycling for Everyone Petition

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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