Write BC's Leaders for More Cycling Funding

While there has been investment by all levels of government in cycling routes in communities around the Province over the last decade, often these routes are not connected to each other leaving you stranded with your bike at busy intersections. 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.

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 the provincial and Federal Governments would speed implementation of the plan.
  • The 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 only invested $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.

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.

Accelerated Investment

In our Cycling Strategy. we recommend 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.

Take Action

We encourage the Provincial Government to show strong leadership by committing $100 per year for cycling and walking networks in communities around B.C.

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  • commented 2017-06-09 12:14:59 -0700
    Rail trails are flat and ideal for cycling, they are also highly attractive to cycle tourists who want to travel long distances without highway traffic. Maintaining and improving the BC section of Trans Canada Trail will provide good family-wage jobs through trail related services and the shops and services in adjacent trail communities. Other areas in Canada and the US have benefitted in the millions from cycling tourism like this, and BC’s beautiful natural setting has huge potential to attract people from all over.


    Currently, the trail is becoming deteriorated by motorized use and lack of maintenance. Better maintaining and connecting this trail system has benefits for thousands of British Columbians. Please use this opportunity.
  • commented 2017-06-09 07:46:00 -0700
    Hello, my wife and I, with 2 friends, recently cycled the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) Trail from Rock Creek to Penticton (200kms) and while some parts of it were amazing and such a dream to bike, others were chewed up and in terrible shape. Investing in these rail trails would be a great way to help economic development in some of these areas, and I believe would be a great investment in BC. Can you imagine, a KVR Grand Fondo? No road to shut down and a big boost to these small towns?

    Anyway – I strongly urge you to invest in this portion of BC’s cycling infrastructure- it will serve multiple objectives and would be a win/win/win!

    Thanks,

    Alex Taylor, MUP, RPP, MCIP

    Senior Planner

    City of Port Moody.
  • commented 2017-05-31 18:13:02 -0700
    The natural beauty of the Kettle Valley Railway trail is overwhelming. We have the most fantastic scenery in our province. People from all over the world would enjoy a trip to British Columbia to be able to cycle along the KVR.


    Unfortunately the KVR these days is in terrible condition. The KVR trail is a world-class asset that is being damaged beyond repair. The surface of the KVR has been damaged by a ATV vehicles and other motorized vehicles. It is not realistic any longer to market the KVR trail as a tourist destination or potential recreation activity because of the surface damage.
    The original vision of the trail was for non-motorized use only. Please use your position to protect and improve the condition of the KVR trails by prohibiting ATVs and other motorized vehicles from the trail. Thank you


    Jed Maddock

    Summerland BC
  • commented 2017-05-31 10:44:48 -0700
    I rode the KVR yesterday and it needs immediate repairs.


    Grading, new gravel (not sand that was put on many years ago)


    Gravel that packs.


    Save the KVR and save biking tourism in the Okanagan.
  • commented 2017-05-30 14:45:08 -0700
    The Massey Brdige will not solve congestion, it will add to it. Similarly, a second lake crossing across Okanagan Lake… We need more active transportation and integrated transportation with land use to make our communities more affordable, decrease congestion, and healthier for people to get around (i.e. lower obesity, diabetes, social isolation rates). Let’s have BC citizen age in place in vibrant and mixed neighbourhoods with a diversity of housing stocks.


    How would you design that?
  • commented 2017-05-30 13:22:43 -0700
    Please spend more on cycling infrastructure. I switched from driving to cycling/transit for my daily commute about 5 years ago. I find my commute more pleasant now. I wish everyone could experience that. Improved cycling infrastructure is better for everyone in BC, even people who don’t know it yet. And especially for future generations.


    Please be leaders in this, and push for better cycling infrastructure.
  • commented 2017-05-24 16:18:05 -0700
    Please consider the removal of ATVs and 4×4s from the Trans Canada Trail as many section of the trails are becoming difficult to both run on and ride a bike. The ATVs and 4×4s do not respect the trail and cause sections to become very uneven and unlevel which creates deep ruts and potholes that are hazardous for non-motorized users. The other issue is the disregard by many ATvers in terms of speed and safety when approaching foot traffic or bicycles. I firmly believe that motorized vehicles do not mix well with foot traffic or bicycles. It’s a recipe for disaster. Let’s get the ATVs off the trail so that it can be preserved for people to enjoy. I have been a part of a local trail association that has done significant work on the Trans Canada Trail locally and not once has an ATVer contributed to the association.
  • commented 2017-05-07 21:07:38 -0700
    The unused rail-bed from Nanaimo to Comox and Parksville to Port Albernie should be transformed into a walking/cycling right-of-way. It will never be viable as a railway and could be a huge tourist draw to Vancouver Island for cyclists and walkers from all over the globe. This would encourage B&B’s and hotels over the length of the route and would be much less expensive than building entirely new infrastructure.
  • commented 2017-05-07 11:16:21 -0700
    Please consider adding additional bike lanes within the Comox Valley for commuters. Our roads are becoming very busy and this is a great way to reduce congestion, save on health care cost and build a vibrant community.
  • commented 2017-05-07 10:08:25 -0700
    I live in the Forest Crowne development of Kimberley. As a cyclist, although I am well within the city limits, I feel cut off from existing local cycling infrastructure. In order for me or other cyclists to access safer cycling routes such as the Northstar Rails to Trails, I am required to enter onto and cycle about 2 km of highway, which at times has heavy traffic and a posted speed of 80 km/h. Although shoulders exist, these can be littered with rocks, tree branches or debris, and regardless the highway has other hazards such as shoulders that are squeezed out near Marysviille, a bridge without any shoulders, and some poor sight lines. Because passing is allowed on this stretch of road, cyclists can be faced with vehicles coming toward them in the “wrong” lane at speeds well above the speed limit, leaving no more than a few feet of clearance. I have previously contacted the BC Department of Highways to request a review and a lower speed limit, but never received a reply. I have contacted my municipal government and their response is that BC Highways will only say that the highway meets safety standards. I am extremely unhappy with this response since it seems at odds with each of the three party’s stated positions on supporting cycling as transportation. I want to know whether any of you will commit to making this stretch of highway safer for cyclists, and more generally, commit to providing safer, connected cycling infrastructure in ALL BC communities. Thank you.
  • commented 2017-05-02 14:48:07 -0700
    i want norm
  • commented 2017-05-02 14:48:06 -0700
    i want norm
  • commented 2017-05-02 08:40:17 -0700
    Please keep the trails for people to have a safe space to enjoy the outdoors and nature without the threat of motorized vehicles such as ATVs. Trail walking and cycling is a refuge for people to find a space beyond the stress of cities to enjoy and improve physical and mental health. ATVs are essentially off road cars and we know the science shows the harm caused by cars in the city so let’s not expand the damage.
  • commented 2017-05-01 19:41:11 -0700
    Please keep this trail for hiking and non motorize biking.
  • commented 2017-05-01 19:41:10 -0700
    Please keep this trail for hiking and non motorize biking.
  • commented 2017-05-01 16:21:08 -0700
    Large sections of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) Rail Trails in BC are being threatened by motorized use including ATVs, dual sport bikes, motorcycles, automobiles and 4×4s.

    The use of these Rail Trails by motorised vehicles is ruining the surface of the trails making it very difficult if not impossible to cycle, walk or use wheelchairs comfortably on them. The noise and pollution of gas-powered vehicles makes using these trails much less pleasant for other trail users and the speed of these vehicles pose a safety risk.
  • commented 2017-05-01 11:02:47 -0700
    Our public trails are rapidly being destroyed by recreational motorized vehicles. Please ban the machines, and enforce the ban vigourously before it’s too late.
  • commented 2017-05-01 10:55:09 -0700
    As a regular cyclist and walker on the Trans Canada Trail I can’t help but notice the trail surface damage caused by motorized traffic. The surface damage is such that the trail becomes surface becomes unusable for cyclists. Please keep motorized traffic off the TCT.
  • commented 2017-04-23 21:13:00 -0700
    Cycling reduces traffic congestion, reduces carbon emissions and reduces health costs for regular riders. People who don’t feel safe on roadways won’t bike a bike. Please build safe cycling infrastructure, you will be surprised by the numbers of cyclists.
  • commented 2017-04-22 11:45:00 -0700
    Dear future Premier,


    I respectfully request that whichever party wins this election commit to a dramatic increase in investment cycling infrastructure. We need to get people out of cars, not just for recreation but also everyday commutes and errands. That will only happen if we cyclists feel safe. Motor vehicles are not only bad for the planet, they are hazardous to human bodies!
  • commented 2017-04-21 08:52:58 -0700
    I commute over the 2nd Narrows bridge every day. A task made immensely easier by the upgrades to the sidewalks which the province invested in over the past few years. Unfortunately once you pedal over the bridge the connectors into North Vancouver and into Vancouver have not received the same amount of updates. In North Vancouver you are forced to cross multiple lanes on both sides of the bridge where cars do not obey the crosswalk signs for bikes. The off ramp by Fern st. to Mount Seymour Parkway is the most dangerous of all of them as it is a blind corner and cars are doing highway speed still. What is your plan for making sure non-motorized infrastructure (this includes pedestrian traffic) between jurisdictions such as the province and the cities flows smoothly (AND SAFELY). So that we do not see these dangerous pinch points where one government invests in a piece of infrastructure, which becomes popular and well used by cyclists, and the next one does not.
  • commented 2017-04-21 07:42:44 -0700
    We have a disjointed and dangerous collection of bike routes through out North Vancouver ( Spirit Trail ) especially approaching the second narrows bridge South bound , West side . What do you pledge to do to make these routes safer , especially in light of the massive rebuild of the Mtn Hwy / Trancanada interchange?

    In a similar vein , given the problems with vehicle congestion and the improvement in design of e bikes , what are your plans regarding taxation and incentives to purchase these vehicles ?
  • commented 2017-04-21 07:41:02 -0700
    We have a disjointed and dangerous collection of bike routes through out North Vancouver ( Spirit Trail ) especially approaching the second narrows bridge South bound , West side . What do you pledge to do to make these routes safer , especially in light of the massive rebuild of the Mtn Hwy / Trancanada interchange?

    In a similar vein , given the problems with vehicle congestion and the improvement in design of e bikes , what are your plans regarding taxation and incentives to purchase these vehicles ?
  • commented 2017-04-20 14:08:05 -0700
    Our society has fallen in love all over North America with our handy and luxurious vehicles, and have sacrificed a great deal for the convenience and pleasure we get from motor vehicles of our own.

    However, many people cannot afford private vehicles, especially as the gap grows between rich and poor, and fewer people can afford good housing.


    Even though my husband and I enjoy the use of a single private vehicle, we also walk, cycle, take public transit and paddle our small boats. However, our small town has difficulty providing safe walking paths in many areas.


    Safe walking paths and pathways such as those found in Calgary that are COMPLETELY SEPARATE from motorized traffic can change lives. Safe pathways away from motorized traffic can give people of all ages and stages more freedom to move safely around their communities, with a resulting benefit to the health care system, citizens’ personal well-being and community pride.
  • commented 2017-04-20 07:57:24 -0700
    As a cyclist and environmentalist, I fully endorse the following:

    Supporting the Communities on the Move Declaration for better cycling, walking and transit.

    Developing and implementing a comprehensive Active Transportation Strategy including investment, safe all ages and abilities designs and education.

    Investing $100 million per year over 10 years in protected bike lanes, paths, sidewalks and safer intersections.

    Updates to the Motor Vehicle Act including a safe passing distance law, 1.5m and reduced speeds.

    Universally available cycling skills training for children

    Making provincial roads, bridges and highways safer for cycling and walking

    This includes building a bridge to replace the George Massey Tunnel.
  • commented 2017-04-19 07:41:58 -0700
    I have been a caring advocate for protecting our environment for over 30 years. I believe no issue is more important than directly caring for the health and well-being of our planet and people. Economics will fall into place naturally to support our choices of wellbeing. I have always lead by example and have been a commuter cyclist for over 10 years, my husband for over 20 years. Our vacations, recreation and spending always consider our environmental impact. I believe our most powerful ballot is the dollar and the way we choose to spend is a powerful force. Please priorotize your governmental spending as I do by focusing on the health and wellbeing of people and our natural environment by amply funding self propelled transit infrastructure – bikepaths and walkways.
  • commented 2017-04-17 08:44:13 -0700
    Hello, I believe in healthy, active lifestyles and one of the best ways to adopt that lifestyle is to use a bicycle in place of a vehicle for commuting and running errands. I hope each of you consider investing more heavily into cycling infrastructure as it will save money in the long term (as opposed to building wider roads). As I’m sure you’re aware, you can not build out of congestion. Wider roads don’t work. The only way to reduce congestion in a meaningful way is to get people out of their cars by either improving transit or improving cycling infrastructure (preferably both). Because just as a diversified forest has a better chance of repelling a beetle compared to a pine tree farm so does a multimodal transportation system have a better chance of overcoming congestion. Please consider increasing funding to cycling infrastructure improvements for the sake of our future. There’s no better investment than investing in our future.

    Thank you for your time.
  • commented 2017-04-15 09:32:13 -0700
    I live in Cloverdale and work in South Surrey. I would like to be able to ride my bicycle to work, but there are no safe routes 100% of the way. Many of the “farm” roads in South Surrey are narrow and have no shoulders. These roads used to be great for cyclists because only local traffic and cyclists used to use them, but now with the exploding population, more traffic is using these narrow roads to avoid bottlenecks on the major routes. I would like to see bike lanes and wider paved and maintained shoulders (clean-no debris). Riding a bike safely anywhere in Surrey is hit and miss as some roads have shoulders while many don’t and are too narrow.
  • commented 2017-04-14 19:04:41 -0700
    I leave BC every summer to holiday by bicycle in Europe because I feel safe there from cars and other vehicle traffic. There are many others like me who don’t feel safe cycling on BC roads. Cycle tourism is huge in Europe and could be here if the infrastructure to support safe cycling was in place. Touring cyclists are big spenders, if you build safe routes they will come. Your tourism revenue will increase
  • commented 2017-04-14 15:44:00 -0700
    In December 2014 my friend, Paul Bally was killed when he was hit on his bicycle on the Island Highway. This would not have happened if there was an adjacent, separate cycling path or if the Island Railway Corridor had been made into a cycling/walking path.


    I too commute by bicycle in the Comox Valley. I must admit I have become more nervous and have had my share of close calls with motorists.


    Please do what you can to make one or both of the above improvements for cyclists.

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  • 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
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